One of the most dramatic presidential campaigns and elections is finally over.
The race was tight throughout the evening as Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton raced towards 270 electoral votes. As midnight approached, results from eight states were still unclear.
Around 1:45 a.m. Central Time, Trump met the 270 electoral vote threshold with wins in Arizona and Pennsylvania. Clinton conceded to Trump via phone call, as is customary. Trump and Vice-President Elect Mike Pence addressed crowds.
“I come to this moment deeply humbled,” said Pence as he introduced Trump to the stage.
“I say it is time for us to come together as one divided people. I pledge to the citizens of the land that I will be president for all Americans,” said Trump.
“Every single American will have the opportunity to realize his or her fullest potential. We are going to fix our inner cities, rebuild our highways, bridges; we are going to rebuild our infrastructure, which will become second to none. We will also take care of our great veterans. We have a great economic build; we will double our growth and have the strongest economy in the world. At the same time, we will get along with all along nations who are willing to get along with us. No dream is too big, no challenge too great.”
The final electoral count as of 2 a.m. Wednesday was 288 for Trump and 215 for Hillary, according to CNN. As of 2 a.m. Wednesday, 88% of the popular vote was recorded with Trump leading 48% and Clinton close behind with 47.2%