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Donald Trump elected President in 2016 US election

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Donald Trump has been elected the next President of the United States of America in the 2016 presidential election.

At the time of publication, Trump, the candidate for the Republican Party, has earned 278 votes from the electoral college, enough to secure his place as the next president. His main rival, the Democrats’ Hillary Clinton, has won 218 votes. Four states’ college votes are yet to be declared.

In one of the most explosive nights in modern political history, Donald Trump secured several key ‘swing’ states including Florida, North Carolina, Ohio and Iowa. The possession of these states were considered vital to the chance of success for the Republican nominee.

Trump has won a shock victory that few expected, defying the majority of polls suggesting that the night belonged to Clinton. Prior to the 8th of November, some feared that Trump would lose the race and cause his own party to hemorrhage its own dominance in the House of Representatives and the Senate. On the day of the election, polling site FiveThirtyEight gave the Democrat a 71% chance of success; the Huffington Post gave Clinton a 98% chance of winning the White House.

This election has been a great and largely unexpected success for the Republican Party. Prior to the election, several notable Republicans, including past presidents and presidential candidates, governors, senators and representatives, had voiced their opposition to their own 2016 candidate. The presidential nominee has defied expectations and won the presidency and the party has secured majority control of both the House of Representatives and the Senate.

Donald Trump, the businessman and real estate mogul, described on his own website as “the very definition of the American success story,” announced his intentions to run as a Republican for the presidency on 16 June 2015. Trump won a historic number of votes from the Republican primary contests, defeating a record number of fellow Republican candidates and becoming the presidential nominee of America’s most prominent political party without any prior experience in politics.

Trump’s campaign has taken a patriotic stance on American affairs, calling for an “America-first” economic policy, a reduction in immigration and the destruction of political correctness. Underpinning his approach was a promise to “Make America Great Again,” a well-recognised slogan that caught the eye of many American voters.

Trump’s journey to the White House has been dotted with controversy and outrage, beginning with divisive comments on Mexican immigrants and comparisons between immigrants and rapists. His call for a “complete and total shutdown of Muslims entering the United States” was widely condemned as a racially-insensitive remark. Barely weeks before the election, a tape emerged of the Republican candidate making a number of crude comments about how male celebrities are supposedly able to treat women. At the time of reporting, Trump is expected to attend court hearings on allegations of rape of an underage woman. Many Republicans ruled out their support for their own candidate. His approach to politics has been described as populist, natonalist and, in some cases, fascist by commentators and pundits of various political positions.

In a victory speech, the forthcoming 45th President of the United States promised to govern as a “president for all Americans” and called for the country to “bind the wounds of division” in its society.