Donald Trump claimed his place Wednesday as America's 45th president, an astonishing victory for the celebrity businessman and political novice who capitalized on voters' economic anxieties, took advantage of racial tensions and overcame a string of sexual assault allegations on his way to the White House.
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1:45 PM: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Trump's win: 'The American people have chosen a new direction for our nation'
1:40 PM: President-elect Donald Trump is telling the American people that "I promise you I will not let you down." Trump, addressing supporters at his victory party in New York City early Wednesday, says he looks "very much forward to being your president."
He tells his supporters he hopes to make them "very proud" for choosing him to be the nation's 45th president. And the celebrity businessman vows to "get to work immediately for the American people" and says his "movement" was just beginning.
1:35 PM: President-elect Donald Trump is trying to reassure jittery U.S. allies. Trump ran on a platform of pulling back from historic treaties like NATO. But in his victory speech Wednesday morning Trump is trying to reassure foreign countries.
He says, "I want to tell the world that, while we will always put America's interests first, we will deal fairly with everyone."
1:33 pm: Donald Trump has pledged to be a president "for all Americans."
The president-elect, addressing supporters at his victory party in New York City, asked that the nation to come together, and promised to "represent every citizen of our land."
He added that it was "time for America to bind the wounds of division" and "time for us to come together as one." He also declared his administration will be a time of "national growth and renewal."
Trump said "America will no longer settle for anything but the best" and said that the nation will "dream big and bold and daring."
1:32 PM: House Speaker Paul Ryan calls Trump victory 'a repudiation of the status quo of failed liberal progressive policies'.
1:22 PM: Donald Trump says it's "time for us to come together," pledges to be president "for all Americans".
1:10 PM: Japan is sending a top official to Washington to try to meet with those who will be responsible for the next White House administration. Katsuyuki Kawai, a political aide to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in charge of diplomacy, told reporters after meeting with Abe that he had been instructed to visit Washington as early as next week.
1:00 PM: Donald Trump has been elected president of the United States. The Republican nominee won Wednesday after capturing Wisconsin's 10 electoral votes, putting him over the 270 threshold.
Voters eager to shake up the nation's political establishment picked the celebrity businessman to become the nation's 45th president.
Trump rode an astonishing wave of support from voters seeking change and willing to accept a candidate loose with facts and accused of sexual misconduct.
12:59 PM: Clinton called Trump to concede election: CNN, NBC
12:59 PM: Trump to address supporters in New York.
12:39 PM: Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta says her campaign will have nothing to say tonight about state of race
12:31 PM: Trump wins Nebraska's final congressional district, sweeping the state's 5 electoral votes.
12:30 PM: Hillary Clinton has won the statewide vote in Maine. Clinton has won one of the state's congressional districts, giving her three electoral votes. Trump has won one district in the state and wins one electoral vote.
Clinton now has 218 electoral votes. Her Republican opponent has 266, just four shy of the threshold needed to be elected president.
12:19 AM: News of Trump's widening lead hit hard in Cuba, which has spent the last two years negotiating normalization with the United States after more than 50 years of Cold War hostility.
Normalization has set off a tourism boom in Cuba and visits by hundreds of executives from the U.S. and dozens of other nations newly interested in doing business on the island. Trump has promised to reverse Obama's opening with Cuba unless President Raul Castro agrees to more political freedom on the island, a concession considered a virtual impossibility.
12:06 AM: Donald Trump has won Pennsylvania and its prize of 20 electoral votes. Trump's stunning victory in the key battleground state gives him 264 electoral votes. It takes 270 electoral votes to win the presidency. Trump's opponent, Hillary Clinton, has 215.
Pennsylvania last voted for a Republican for president in 1988. Trump repeatedly campaigned there, believing his populist message would resonate with the state's working-class voters.
11:28 AM: Republicans have clinched continued House control for the new Congress. They'll likely lose seats from their current historic high, but they won enough seats to extend their six-year streak of commanding the chamber.
With voting results still being counted early Wednesday, Republicans have won at least 218 House seats. That exceeds the number needed to control the chamber.
- It was only yesterday that a fish in Chennai, Chanakya, predicted that Trump will win this election.
10:50 AM: Hillary Clinton wins Nevada.
10:37 AM: Donald Trump has won the battleground state of Iowa. He was awarded the state's six Electoral College votes early Wednesday. Trump now has 244 electoral votes. His Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton has 209.
Iowa had voted for a Republican only once since 1984 but polls remained tight throughout the campaign. Trump proved popular with the state's sizable evangelical population while Clinton and her allies campaigned frequently in its college towns.
10:27 AM: Donald Trump has won Utah. The Republican nominee was awarded its six electoral college votes.
He now has 238 electoral votes. His Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton has 209.
Utah is normally one of the safest states on the map for Republicans. But the presence of independent Evan McMullin changed the calculation this year as polls consistently reflected a tight three-way race. Trump also had struggled with Mormons, who are normally reliably Republican voters.
10:20 AM: Celebrities across the world have begun reacting to the election outcome.
10:05 AM: Donald Trump has won Georgia. The Republican nominee on Tuesday was awarded its 16 electoral votes. Trump now has 232 electoral votes while his Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton has 209.
10:00 AM: Hillary Clinton has won Washington state and its 12 electoral votes. The victory in Tuesday's elections brings the former secretary of state's electoral vote total to 209. Republican Donald Trump has 216.
9:50 AM: California voters passed a ballot measure to legalize the recreational use of marijuana, giving a big boost to the campaign to end the drug's national prohibition. Adults older than 21 can legally possess up to an ounce of marijuana and grow six plants.
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9:41 AM: Donald Trump wins North Carolina. The victory in Tuesday's elections brings the billionaire's electoral vote total to 216. Democrat Hillary Clinton has 197.
North Carolina was one of the hardest-fought contests of the election and is one of the map's newest swing states. It consistently went for Republicans until Barack Obama captured it in 2008. Republican Mitt Romney narrowly won the state in 2012.
9:35 AM: Hillary Clinton wins Oregon. The Democratic nominee on Tuesday was awarded its seven electoral votes. Clinton now has 197 electoral votes. Her Republican opponent Donald Trump has 201.
9:34 AM: New York Times has revised the forecast for Trump's chance at Presidentship to >95 percent.
9:29 AM: Hillary Clinton has won California and Hawaii. Donald Trump has won Idaho's four electoral votes.
The results in the West bring Clinton's electoral vote total to 190 and Trump's to 201. It takes 270 votes to win the presidency. California, with 55 electoral votes, has voted for Democrats beginning in 1992. Hawaii has chosen Democrats consistently since 1988.
Both candidates have spent an extraordinary amount of time in Florida, one of the most important prizes on the map. Trump calls Florida his "second home" and his campaign acknowledged that a win there is vital to his White House hopes.
Barack Obama captured the Sunshine State in both 2008 and 2012.
9:20 AM: Hillary Clinton has won Colorado.
The Democratic nominee captured its nine electoral votes Tuesday. She now has 131 total electoral votes while her Republican opponent Donald Trump has 168.
Colorado has become an attainable state for Democrats in recent years thanks to shifting demographics.
Clinton tried to woo a surge in Latino voters and the state's college-educated whites while Trump repeatedly made pitches to Colorado's large military population and swaths of rural voters.
9:19 AM: Hillary Clinton has won Virginia.
The Democratic nominee has captured its 13 electoral votes.
Virginia was reliably Republican for decades until Barack Obama won it twice, thanks in part to huge turnout from Washington, D.C.'s suburbs. Clinton's running mate, Tim Kaine, is a senator from Virginia, though Trump made a late push in the state.
The victory gives her 122 electoral votes. Her Republican opponent Donald Trump has 168.
9:10 AM: Donald Trump has won the electoral prize of Ohio, a state known for picking presidents.
The Republican wins the state's 18 electoral votes in Tuesday's election, bringing his total to 168. Hillary Clinton has 109.
Clinton had appeared ready to concede Ohio's 18 electoral votes to Trump as polls showed him pulling ahead even in some traditionally Democratic blue-collar areas. But Trump struggled after release of a video in which he talked about groping women and kissing them without their permission.
Republicans held their nominating convention in Cleveland. Governor and one-time Republican presidential rival John Kasich refused to endorse Trump.
9:05 AM: Donald Trump has won Missouri.
The Republican nominee was awarded its 10 electoral votes. The result was not as a surprise, as the last Democratic victory in the Show Me State came in 1996.
Trump now has 150 electoral votes. His Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton has 109.
9:00 AM: Hillary Clinton has won New Mexico and its five electoral votes.
That brings her electoral college vote total in Tuesday's election to 109. Republican Donald Trump has 140 votes.
8:57 AM: Republican Gary Herbert has been re-elected governor of Utah.
Herbert had a strong advantage in Tuesday's elections and was considered the favorite in the conservative state. But many Utah conservatives were not enthused about GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump. And Herbert had vacillated on his support for the New York billionaire.
Herbert has been in office since 2009 and had been challenged by Democrat Mike Weinholtz, a wealthy former CEO of a medical staffing company.
8:33 AM: Donald Trump wins Montana. The Republican presidential nominee on Tuesday was awarded the state's three electoral votes.
The result was not a surprise, as Montana was considered a safely Republican state. Trump now has 132 electoral votes. His Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton has 104 votes.
8:27 AM: Republican Donald Trump is maintaining Republicans' advantage among white voters nationwide, but perhaps not by the usual margin that the party's nominees have enjoyed.
Preliminary exit polls of voters who have already cast presidential ballots show Trump winning a majority of whites. He has not quite reached the roughly six-out-of-10 share that Mitt Romney notched four years ago in his unsuccessful challenge of President Barack Obama.
The difference appears to come among white women. Trump is posting about the same, if not a slightly wider margin among white men as Romney did in 2012. But his lead over Clinton among white women appears to be in single digits, short of Romney's double-digit advantage four years ago.
8:18 AM: FiveThirtyEight founder Nate Silver observes that it'll be very hard for Clinton to win the Electoral College if she loses Michigan along with Ohio, North Carolina and Florida none of which look particularly safe for her right now.
8:14 AM: As of now, New York Times has predicted a 59 percent chance of Trump winning the Presidentship.
8:12 AM: Fox News has announced Clinton winning New Mexico.
7:58 AM: Donald Trump has won Louisiana and its eight electoral votes.
That extends his Electoral College total in Tuesday's elections to 137, compared with Hillary Clinton's 104.
History was on Donald Trump's side in the state. Louisiana hasn't given its electoral votes to a Democrat since Bill Clinton won 52 percent of the vote two decades ago.
7:55 AM: Hillary Clinton has won Connecticut.
The Democratic nominee on Tuesday was awarded Connecticut's seven electoral votes.
The result was not a surprise, as Connecticut was considered a safely Democratic state.
Clinton now has 104 electoral votes. Her Republican opponent Donald Trump has 129.
The result was not a surprise, as Connecticut was considered a safely Democratic state. Clinton now has 104 electoral votes. Her Republican opponent Donald Trump has 129.
7:47 AM: Republican Donald Trump has won Arkansas and its six electoral votes. That brings his electoral vote total in Tuesday's election to 129. Democrat Hillary Clinton has 97.
It takes 270 votes to win the presidency.
The result was expected. Earlier polling showed Trump leading Clinton by double digits in the state where she served as first lady for 12 years while her husband was the governor.
7:46 AM: Donald Trump has won Texas, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming, Kansas and Nebraska while Hillary Clinton has won New York and Illinois.
Trump also on Tuesday won two of Nebraska's congressional districts. In the state that awards by congressional district, one remains too close to call.
Trump was awarded Texas' 38 electoral votes, the second-largest prize on the map. He also won six from Kansas, four from his victories in Nebraska and three apiece from Wyoming, North Dakota and South Dakota.
Clinton was awarded 20 from Illinois and 29 from New York, the state both candidates call home. Trump had declared he would try to win New York but never mounted a serious effort there.
The Republican nominee now has 123 electoral votes. Clinton has 97.
7:40 AM: Hillary Clinton is watching election returns with a collection of close campaign aides and her family in a suite at the Peninsula New York, a luxury hotel in midtown Manhattan.
Aides say the group is snacking on salmon, roasted carrots and fries — along with vegan pizza and crème brulee for former President Bill Clinton, who's careful about his diet. Her granddaughter, Charlotte, is wearing a dress emblazoned with the campaign logo.
Clinton and her husband have also been working on her election night remarks with her speechwriters.
Later Tuesday evening, they'll move to the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City for her election night party. It's a building with a glass ceiling — a nod to the historic moment.
7:39 AM: Donald Trump has won Mississippi and its six electoral votes.
That brings his Electoral College total in Tuesday's election to 66, compared with Hillary Clinton's 48.
The outcome was not unexpected. Mississippi has voted for Republicans in every presidential election starting with 1972, with the exception of Democrat Jimmy Carter in 1976.
7:37 AM: Democrat Tammy Duckworth of Illinois elected to the Senate, toppling Republican incumbent Mark Kirk .
7:32 AM: Donald Trump wins Kansas, North Dakota, South Dakota, Texas and Wyoming; Hillary Clinton wins New York and Illinois.
7:31 AM: Hillary Clinton has won Rhode Island and its four electoral votes.
That brings her total Tuesday to 48, compared with Donald Trump's 60.
It takes 270 electoral votes to win the presidency.
Rhode Island has voted for Republicans for president only four times since 1928.
In 2012, President Barack Obama defeated Republican Mitt Romney in the state by about 27 percent.
7:25 AM: All eyes on Florida as Donald Trump is leading by 1 percent. The scenario is reminiscent to the George Bush and Al Gore's 2000 Presidential election.
7:22 AM: A mariachi band has serenaded Donald Trump on the sidewalk outside Trump Tower in New York City.
The group of men in big white sombreros paraded down the sidewalk Tuesday across the street from the skyscraper playing horns and guitars.
The vibrant performance interrupted a mostly low-energy night outside Trump headquarters.
A separate group of about five Trump backers marched along the sidewalk across from the midtown Manhattan hotel where Trump is expected to address supporters later Tuesday night. They chanted, "Lock her up!" as they marched behind police barricades.
A group of enterprising vendors also patrolled the outside of the hotel, selling Trump buttons, shirts and hats.
7:20 AM: Donald Trump has won Alabama and its nine electoral votes after Sen. Jeff Sessions endorsed the billionaire candidate.
That brings Trump's total in the Electoral College to 60 votes, to Clinton's 44 votes.
It takes 270 votes to win the presidency.
The results continue the state's streak of voting for Republicans every presidential election since 1980.
7:02 AM: Now Donald Trump has won Alabama as well. He also leads in crucial states like Florida and Texas.
7:01 AM: Donald Trump has won Tennessee and its 11 electoral votes.
Tuesday's vote is the fifth presidential contest in a row in which the state voted for the Republican candidate. That includes the 2000 election, when native son Al Gore lost the state to Republican George W. Bush.
It takes 270 votes to win the presidency.
7: 00 AM: An election watchdog says some voters were denied provisional ballots at several polling stations in Atlanta.
Georgia Election Protection coalition spokesman Harold Franklin says poll mangers refused to provide provisional ballots to voters Tuesday. He says the group received reports that voters were given no reason for being refused.
Franklin claims voters who are eligible or entitled to a provisional ballot were denied. He did not know the number of voters who were refused, but said the bulk occurred in Fulton County.
Franklin says he spoke with Fulton County election officials, who he said told polling managers to provide voters with ballots. The Fulton County elections office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Election Protection is organized by the Lawyers Committee for Civils Rights Under Law.
6:55 AM: Donald Trump has won South Carolina.
The Republican nominee was awarded the state's nine electoral votes, giving him 40 for the night. The result was expected as the state has long been a Republican stronghold.
6:50 AM: Democratic Rep. John Carney has won the Delaware governor's race eight years after losing his first bid to become the state's chief executive.
Carney easily defeated Republican state Sen. Colin Bonini of Dover in Tuesday's gubernatorial contest. The victory was driven by voter registration numbers that heavily favor Democrats.
Carney has said job creation and economic development will be among his top priorities, along with improving Delaware's public education system.
He also has acknowledged that the next governor faces significant challenges given troubling revenue expectations and escalating costs for Medicaid and state employee health care.
Carney will succeed Jack Markell, who defeated Carney in the 2008 Democratic gubernatorial primary.
Carney previously served as lieutenant governor.
6:48 AM: Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has written in his father, former Rep. Lawrence Hogan, as his choice to be president.
Doug Mayer, Hogan's spokesman, said Tuesday the Republican governor voted early.
Hogan has been saying for months that he wasn't going to support Republican Donald Trump. He has said he has been extremely disappointed in the candidates from both major parties.
Mayer says the governor decided to write in the name of the person who taught him what it meant to hold public office with integrity.
6:45 AM: Democrat Hillary Clinton has won Massachusetts, Maryland, New Jersey, Delaware and the District of Columbia while Republican Donald Trump has captured Oklahoma.
Clinton was awarded Massachusetts' 11 electoral votes, 10 from Maryland, 14 from New Jersey and three each from Delaware and the nation's capital, giving her 44 for the night. Trump picked up seven from Oklahoma, giving him 31.
The results Tuesday were not surprising. Massachusetts and the District of Columbia are two of the nation's safest Democratic strongholds.
The last time Oklahoma went for a Democrat was 1964, when it voted for Lyndon Johnson. Maryland last went for the GOP in 1988.
New Jersey has been a safe Democratic state for 20 years. Its governor, Chris Christie, is a close Trump ally but is saddled with low approval numbers.
6:30 AM: A state official says Democrats have gone to court to extend voting across Colorado by two hours after the secretary of state's voter registration system went down for nearly 30 minutes Tuesday.
Lynn Bartels, a spokeswoman for the secretary of state's office, says the hearing was scheduled for federal court in Denver.
She says state officials are investigating what caused the outage, which forced in-person voters to cast provisional ballots. Some county clerks were unable to process mail ballots that needed to have the signature verified.
Tauna Lockhart, spokeswoman for the state information technology office, says the system came back up about 3:20 p.m. She says the incident is under investigation by state officials, but there is no evidence the network was hit by hackers.
While Hillary takes the lead now, here's a look at her quote which was cited as a U-turn:
6:29 AM: A change in the trend, Hillary Clinton has taken the lead in Ohio, Florida, New Hampshire and North Carolina.
6:25 AM: North Carolina got more attention than usual this election, and exit polls show why.
Exit polls conducted by Edison Research for national media outlets suggest a tight finish between Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump for the state's 15 electoral votes.
The polls suggest a majority of men back Trump, while Clinton won a majority among women — with the margins essentially even. The polls suggest women made up slightly more of the electorate.
About four out of five nonwhite voters backed Clinton, while about six out of 10 white voters supported Trump. But the exit polls don't offer definitive information about actual turnout among those groups, with the estimates again pointing to a close finish.
6:15 AM: A section of Twitterati started to get panic attacks as Trump seems to lead in two key states Florida, Ohio, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia.
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5:58 AM: Vast divides of race, gender and education are keeping the presidential race in two tightly fought southern states close shortly after polls close.
In both Virginia and Georgia, about 9 in 10 black voters and two-thirds of Hispanics backed Clinton, while most whites backed Trump.
That's according to exit polls conducted by Edison Research for national media outlets.
In Georgia, large majorities of whites with and without college degrees backed Trump. In Virginia those two groups diverged. Whites without a college degree backed Trump by a large margin, while those with a degree split their votes between the two major-party candidates.
Women in both states were far more likely than men to back Clinton. Majorities of women in both states said Trump's treatment of women bothers them a lot.
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5:45 AM: Early results give Donald Trump the lead as he has won Kentucky and Indiana while Democrat Hillary Clinton has won Vermont.
Trump was awarded Kentucky's eight electoral votes and Indiana's 11. Vermont gives Clinton three. These are the first states to be decided Tuesday in the 2016 general election.
The wins were expected.
Vermont has voted for a Democrat every election since 1988, while Kentucky has gone Republican every cycle since 2000.
Indiana is normally a Republican stronghold but went for President Barack Obama in 2008. The Republicans captured it again in 2012 and Trump's running mate, Mike Pence, is the state's governor.
The winning candidate needs 270 electoral votes.
5:30 AM: According to CNN exit poll projections, Donald Trump wins in Kentucky and Indiana, while Hillary takes a win in Vermont.
(With inputs from agencies)