Donald Trump elected 45th President of the United States

Date: 
Wednesday, November 9, 2016 - 04:00

Donald Trump won the US presidential election early this morning in a stunning victory that sent shockwaves around the world.

The Republican took the key swing states of Florida, North Carolina and Ohio early this morning, as he marched towards the White House.

In an extraordinary development, Mrs Clinton did not initially concede the election - but then later called Mr Trump to congratulate him on his victory. 

The Republican surpassed expectations and confounded pollsters in Florida, where Mrs Clinton had been expected to win following a surge in the Hispanic vote.

Mrs Clinton’s hopes of a swift victory faded as the Republican picked up a series of states early on and maintained his momentum.

The Republican congratulated his Democratic rival, saying that she waged "a very very hard-fought campaign."

He also commended her for having "worked very long and very hard" over her political career.

"Now it's time for America to bind the wounds of division, have to get together," he said. "It is time for us to come together as a united people."

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