President-Elect Donald Trump

The biggest plot twist of 2016

President-elect Donald Trump speaks during an election night rally, Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

President-elect Donald Trump speaks during an election night rally, Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

In a shocking win over Democrat Hillary R. Clinton, Republican Donald J. Trump was elected the 45th President of the United States of America.

President-elect Trump won with 279 electoral votes, including four major path-to-victory states, Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and North Carolina. Secretary Clinton won the popular vote by a slim 136,000 votes. The election was not called until minutes before 3:00 am EST.

President-elect Trump’s appeal to white, rural, uneducated voters in middle America was paramount to his victory. While Clinton struggled to capture rural American’s trust and belief in her promises of tangible change, Trump became their expression of hope.

Trump’s strong performance also trickled to the down-ballot races. Republicans now have a majority in the House and Senate. This gives them power over selecting the Supreme Court nominee and puts them in a position to create massive legislative changes.

Trump and his family, together with voters, donors, and confidants celebrated the news at the Hilton Hotel in midtown Manhattan last night. President-elect Trump will be inaugurated on January 20, 2017 in Washington D.C.

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