Republican nominee Donald Trump wins 2016 presidential election
PHOENIX – America has spoken and the 2016 president-elect is Republican Donald Trump.
“It is time for us to come together as one united people,” he said during his victory speech.
Trump racked up several impressive victories on Election Day – namely battleground states such as Florida, Pennsylvania and Ohio – en route to his victory over Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton.
Both Trump and Clinton waged a harsh war of words against one another during the campaign, but he mentioned her only briefly during the speech.
“We owe her a major debt of gratitude for her service to our country and I mean that,” he said.
Trump thanked his family, political supporters and Americans for electing him.
“Ours was not a campaign, but a powerful and great movement,” he said.
Vice president-elect Mike Pence, who introduced Trump, said the American people spoke up when selecting their president-elect.
“The American people have spoken, and the American people have elected their new champion,” he said.
His win marks a slightly unexpected victory. In the days leading up to the election, most polls had Clinton winning, albeit by a slim margin.
Some states had not yet reported official results when his victory was projected.
Clinton’s campaign chair, John Podesta, said the Democratic nominee would not make a statement either way just after midnight Arizona time.
Trump faced several controversies on his road to potentially becoming the commander in chief. He attacked the Khan family after they took the stage at the Democratic National Convention in late July, criticizing the remarks of the parents of a fallen soldier.
In October, video surfaced of Trump on an “Access Hollywood” bus with then-host Billy Bush speaking vulgarly about women. After the video, almost a dozen women came forward and accused Trump of kissing or grabbing them without consent, and Trump responded by denying the charges and threatening to sue them.
The 70-year-old voted in New York on Tuesday while also saying he’s “always concerned” about voter fraud when asked about the issue.
Despite the amount of buzz surrounding the Republican’s wrongdoings, the last week-and-a-half prior to Election Day was dominated by the reopening of the FBI’s investigation of Clinton’s emails. Sunday, FBI director James Corney wrote a letter to members of Congress saying there was no need to change his conclusion on Clinton’s private email server.
Recent polls have favored Trump in Arizona.
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