Donald Trump took a dramatic win, becoming the 45th US President as he managed to win 276 electors, 7 over the 270 threshold necessary. Trump recorded crucial battleground victories in Florida, North Carolina and Ohio, Alaska and Pensylvania. The victories are stunning for a candidate long seen as unlikely to win the presidency. Hillary Clinton conceded her defeat’s. Earlier, Democratic campaign head John Podesta was confident it was competitive in places like Florida and North Carolina and even sought to expand the map with recent visits to traditionally Republican states such as Arizona. An election season that has defied expectations from the very beginning is staying true to form to the very end. Trump has an increasingly viable path to the 270 electoral votes needed to win. And even if Clinton were to win, it would likely be by the slimmest of margins. The Ohio victory is especially important for Trump as no Republican has won the White House without taking the Buckeye State. North Carolina is a serious blow to Clinton, who fought hard for the state and held the final rally of her campaign there in the early hours of Tuesday morning.
Clinton pulled out desperately needed wins in Virginia, Nevada and Colorado. Still, she faces a much stronger than expected challenge from Trump in Michigan and Wisconsin. Those Midwestern states form the bedrock of her Democratic firewall. The prospect of a Trump win quickly sent global markets tumbling, amid fears his vow to ditch global trade deals and brand China a currency manipulator would spark global economic shocks. Dow futures plummeted Tuesday night. Major indexes in Asia are also down. So far, Trump has won 26 states, including Texas. Clinton has come out on top in New York and 16 other states along with the District of Columbia. According to CNN, Trump has 266 electoral votes compared to 218 electoral votes for Clinton. 270 electors are necessary to win the Presidency.