Donald Trump is elected the 45th president of the United States.
The results are in. Donald Trump will be the next U.S. president.
Trump, a Republican, defeated Democrat Hillary Clinton in a very close race. For weeks leading up to the election, nearly all public-opinion polls showed Clinton with a small lead. But Trump scored surprising come-from-behind victories in several key swing states, including Florida, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania. (A swing state is a state in which the race is so close that it could “swing” to either candidate.) Those wins helped push him past the 270 electoral votes needed to win the presidency. Governor Mike Pence of Indiana was elected as his vice president.
“It's been what they call a historic event, but to be really historic, we have to do a great job, and I promise you that I will not let you down,” Trump said in his victory speech in New York City. “We will do a great job.”
When it became clear that Trump would be the winner, Clinton called him to concede, or admit defeat. Trump expressed his appreciation to Clinton during his victory speech.
“Hillary has worked very long and very hard over a long period of time, and we owe her a major debt of gratitude for her service to our country,” Trump said.
Clinton delivered her concession speech today, thanking her supporters and focusing on the future. “Donald Trump is going to be our president. We owe him an open mind and the chance to lead,” Clinton said. She also encouraged the youngest generation of Americans, saying, “And to all of the little girls who are watching this, never doubt that you are valuable and powerful and deserving of every chance and opportunity in the world to pursue and achieve your own dreams.”
WINNING OVER VOTERS
Before Trump ran for president, most Americans knew him as a businessman who made a fortune in real estate and as the star of the reality TV series The Apprentice. He has never held public office.
In the race against Clinton, Trump faced a challenger with a lot of political experience. Clinton is a former senator from New York. From 2009 to 2013, she served as secretary of state—the president’s top adviser on how America should deal with other nations.
Trump’s lack of political experience is what many of his supporters have said they like about him. They say he is an “outsider” who can bring fresh ideas to the White House.
“I've spent my entire life in business, looking at the untapped potential in projects and in people all over the world. That is now what I want to do for our country,” Trump said in his speech.
THE NEXT STEPS
Trump isn’t technically the president yet. He will be sworn in as the 45th president of the U.S. on Inauguration Day, January 20, 2017. Until then, his title will be president-elect.
In the meantime, Trump and Pence will begin putting together a team of advisers called the Cabinet. They will oversee 15 government departments, such as defense and education.
Trump will also start planning his agenda for the next four years. His many goals include creating more jobs and keeping the country safe from terrorism. He also faces the difficult task of bringing Americans together after a bitterly fought race. Trump is disliked not only by many of Clinton’s supporters but also by many Republicans. He knows it won’t be easy to get the millions of Americans who voted against him to support his policies.
“Now it is time for America to bind the wounds of division,” Trump said in his speech. “To all Republicans and Democrats and independents across this nation, I say it is time for us to come together as one united people.”
Here are the state-by-state electoral college results as of Friday afternoon (source: New York Times/AP). To learn more about the Electoral College and the popular vote, click here.