Republican candidate Donald J. Trump has been elected the 45th President of the United States of America.
The real estate developer and reality TV star locked up the 270 electoral votes necessary to win the presidency after winning Wisconsin, dashing his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton’s hopes of becoming the first female president in the nation’s history.
Clinton called Trump to concede the election in the early hours Wednesday, CNN reported.
A former reality TV personality, beauty pageant organizer, casino magnate and property maven, Trump kickstarted his political career when he emerged as a crucial figure in the Obama Birther movement.
His campaign was built around a simple, galvanizing slogan, “Make America Great Again,” that entailed a return to conservative ideology, deportation of ethnic and religious minorities, and the resurrection of American Industry.
Clinton, who led her rival by a margin of 7 points a little over two weeks ago, saw her lead almost entirely evaporate when FBI Director James Comey reintroduced the spectre of indictment with a brief letter to Congress about new emails connected with the private email server Clinton used as secretary of state.
Comey sent a second letter to Congress on Sunday re-confirming the agency’s July assessment there was no case to be made against Clinton, but by that time the damage was done: her double-digit leads in several crucial states dwindled to within the margin of error.
The Clinton campaign mounted a heroic last stand, deploying high-profile surrogates to once safe blue states of Michigan and New Hampshire as well as battlegrounds Ohio, Florida, North Carolina and Pennsylvania. It wasn’t enough in the end, though.
Trump will be sworn into the Presidency on January 20, 2017.