Donald Trump is elected president in historic upset

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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.

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2016 County-by-County Presidential outcome map. [Photo Credit: The Washington Post]

Taking the stage in the early hours of the morning to make an acceptance speech, Trump said Clinton had called him to offer her congratulations and to concede the race. “Now it’s time for America to bind the wounds of division and get together,” he told supporters in the New York City crowd. “It is time for us to come together as one united people. I pledge to every citizen of our land that I will be president for all Americans.”

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.

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2016 Electoral Map as of 3:30 a.m. [Photo Credit: The Washington Post]

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