Trump wins White House in astonishing victory 

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump was elected America’s 45th president Tuesday, an astonishing victory for a 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.

His triumph over Hillary Clinton will end eight years of Democratic dominance of the White House and threatens to undo major achievements of President Barack Obama. He’s pledged to act quickly to repeal Obama’s landmark health care law, revoke the nuclear agreement with Iran and rewrite important trade deals with other countries, particularly Mexico and Canada.

The Republican blasted through Democrats’ longstanding firewall, carrying Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, states that hadn’t voted for a GOP presidential candidate since the 1980s. He needed to win nearly all of the competitive battleground states, and he did just that, claiming Florida, Ohio, North Carolina and others.

Global stock markets and U.S. stock futures plunged deeply, reflecting investor alarm over what a Trump presidency might mean for the economy and trade.

A New York real estate developer who lives in a sparking Manhattan high-rise, Trump forged a striking connection with white, working class Americans who feel left behind in a changing economy and diversifying country. He cast immigration, both from Latin America and the Middle East, as the root of the problems plaguing many Americans and tapped into fears of terrorism emanating at home and abroad.

Trump will take office with Congress expected to be fully under Republican control. GOP Senate candidates fended off Democratic challengers in key states and appeared poised to maintain the majority. Republicans also maintained their grip on the House.

Senate control means Trump will have great leeway in appointing Supreme Court justices, which could mean a major change to the right that would last for decades.

Trump upended years of political convention on his way to the White House, leveling harshly personal insults on his rivals, deeming Mexican immigrants rapists and murderers, and vowing to temporarily suspend Muslim immigration to the U.S. He never released his tax returns, breaking with decades of campaign tradition, and eschewed the kind of robust data and field efforts that helped Obama win two terms in the White House, relying instead on his large, free-wheeling rallies to energize supporters. His campaign was frequently in chaos, and he cycled through three campaign managers this year.

His final campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, touted the team’s accomplishments as the final results rolled in, writing on Twitter that “rally crowds matter” and “we expanded the map.”

The mood at Clinton’s party grew bleak as the night wore out, with some supporters leaving, others crying and hugging each other. Top campaign aides stopped returning calls and texts, as Clinton and her family hunkered down in a luxury hotel watching the returns.

At 2 a.m., Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta told the crowd to head home for the night. “We’re still counting votes and every vote should count,” he said.

Trump will inherit an anxious nation, deeply divided by economic and educational opportunities, race and culture.

Exit polls underscored the fractures: Women nationwide supported Clinton by a double-digit margin, while men were significantly more likely to back Trump. More than half of white voters backed the Republican, while nearly 9 in 10 blacks and two-thirds of Hispanics voted for the Democrat.

Doug Ratliff, a 67-year-old businessman from Richlands, Virginia, said Trump’s election would be one of the happiest days of his life.

“This county has had no hope,” said Ratliff, who owns strip malls in the area badly beaten by the collapse of the coal industry. “You have no idea what it would mean for the people if Trump won. They’ll have hope again. Things will change. I know he’s not going to be perfect. But he’s got a heart. And he gives people hope.

Trump has pledged to usher in a series of sweeping changes to U.S. domestic and foreign policy: repealing Obama’s signature health care law, though he has been vague on what he could replace it with; building a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border; and suspending immigration from countries with terrorism ties. He’s also praised Russian President Vladimir Putin and spoken of building a better relationship with Moscow, worrying some in his own party who fear he’ll go easy on Putin’s provocations.

The Republican Party’s tortured relationship with its nominee was evident right up to the end. Former President George W. Bush and wife Laura Bush declined to back Trump, instead selecting “none of the above” when they voted for president, according to spokesman Freddy Ford.

House Speaker Paul Ryan, a reluctant Trump supporter, called the businessman earlier in the evening to congratulate him, according to a Ryan spokeswoman.

Democrats, as well as some Republicans, expected Trump’s unconventional candidacy would damage down-ballot races and even flip some reliably red states in the presidential race. But Trump held on to Republican territory, including in Georgia and Utah, where Clinton’s campaign confidently invested resources.

Clinton asked voters to keep the White House in her party’s hands for a third straight term. She cast herself as heir to President Barack Obama’s legacy and pledged to make good on his unfinished agenda, including passing immigration legislation, tightening restrictions on guns and tweaking his signature health care law.

But Clinton struggled throughout the race with persistent questions about her honesty and trustworthiness. Those troubles flared anew late in the race, when FBI Director James Comey announced a review of new emails from her tenure at the State Department. On Sunday, just two days before Election Day, Comey said there was nothing in the material to warrant criminal charges against Clinton.

In Utah, Trump is projected to have gained 46.74 percent of the vote, with Clinton gaining 27.61, independent candidate Evan McMullin garned 20.75 percent, with Libertarian Gary Johnson taking an estimated 3.18 percent.

Excepting the Utah election results, Associated Press writers Catherine Lucey, Bradley Klapper, Vivian Salama, Hope Yen, Jill Colvin and Lisa Lerer and AP Polling Director Emily Swanson contributed to this report.

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15 Comments

  • .... November 9, 2016 at 2:10 am

    PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP sends his regards !

  • Not_So_Much November 9, 2016 at 6:51 am

    May the Lord guide him and give him the wisdom to lead this country.

  • tcrider November 9, 2016 at 7:29 am

    this does not sound good for large families, more than four kids, around the nation,
    this link is from usa today
    Child care expenses

    Trump plans to let working parents deduct child care expenses for up to four children and elderly dependents. He also plans to establish dependent care savings accounts.
    http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/columnist/powell/2016/11/09/what-president-trump-means-your-pocketbook/93522982/

    • ladybugavenger November 9, 2016 at 8:49 am

      If they can’t afford 5 kids, they should use birth control. Of course, Utah won’t be affected, the mormon church raises their 5 kids. Just be a faithful member and pay your tithing.

  • Ron November 9, 2016 at 8:53 am

    As an American of Hispanic descent, I am proud to acknowledge that I voted for Trump. There were literally millions just like me who voted for him. The polls NEVER even had a clue. Maybe not a landslide, but clearly who the people wanted. The people were angry alright. No one wanted a lying, thieving, murderous, UNAMERICAN woman, at least not this one, for President.
    But the better news is that the Clinton Foundation is STILL under intense FBI investigation and could possibly indict Hillary still.
    THE END OF THE CLINTON CORRUPTION HAS POSSIBLY COME TO AN END.

    • whatever November 9, 2016 at 9:18 am

      It’s a beautiful day.

    • Real Life November 9, 2016 at 9:46 am

      The media was WAY off with this one.

      • .... November 9, 2016 at 4:42 pm

        The media was WAY off on this one

        • Real Life November 9, 2016 at 7:37 pm

          You are a retarded parrot.

          • .... November 10, 2016 at 6:45 am

            You are a retarded parrot

    • .... November 9, 2016 at 11:21 am

      Give it up Ron. they’re not going to do anything to Hillary …..let it go

      • Ron November 9, 2016 at 1:31 pm

        …. , I’m not trying to do anything to Hillary.
        Whatever awaits her, she has done to herself.
        I have nothing to let go of. Karma is an amazing thing.

    • ladybugavenger November 9, 2016 at 11:39 am

      Amen!

    • Bob November 9, 2016 at 2:31 pm

      even citizens of mexican decent don’t support the illegal aliens. time to throw them out

      • .... November 10, 2016 at 9:21 am

        No Bob its you they dont support get off the dope !

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