Donald J. Trump will be the 45th president of the United States, capping a historic and boisterous run by an outsider who captured a loyal following across a swath of America fed up with establishment politics, the news media and elected officials.
The brash New York businessman will win at least 270 electoral votes, according to NBC News projections, and will take his Republican ticket to the White House in January. Trump had trailed Democrat Hillary Clinton in polling averages for nearly the entire election cycle, but he bucked prognostications by picking up states many pundits deemed out of his reach.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.
Trump, who had been criticized by opponents for rhetoric characterized as divisive and racist, pledged, “I will be president for all Americans, and this is so important to me.”
On Twitter, the president-elect called his win “beautiful and important”.