Republican Donald Trump pulled off a historic upset Tuesday when he was elected the 45th president of the United States of America.
The billionaire businessman, who never before held elected office, caused a political earthquake when he crossed the 270 electoral vote threshold at 2:31 a.m. ET, stunning pollsters, politicos, and financial markets across the globe.
Trump’s victory defied late polls showing his Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton with a modest, albeit persistent, edge. It also brought uncertainty to the world’s financial markets, with the Dow Jones industrial average falling as much as 500 points in after-hours trading.
More than 110 million votes had been counted in the presidential race by 2:30 a.m. ET, with millions more outstanding.