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Republican Donald Trump elected President of the United States
Wednesday November 9, 2016 2:21 PM, Agencies


New York:
Republican Donald Trump has been elected the President of the United States, US networks reported on Tuesday.

The billionaire clinched his White House occupancy by winning vital battleground states on Tuesday night, stunning Democrat Hillary Clinton.

Trump won 276 electoral votes as against Clinton's 218. A total of 270 electoral votes are needed to win the final battle.

At 01:05 PM IST, live results showed Trump bagging over 48% of votes - about 5,68,91,560 votes as compared to Clinton who was struggling on second position with 5,59,00,992 votes (about 47%).

Republicans have also won the US House bagging 223 seats. Deomcrats could win on just 164 seats. A total of 218 was needed for a majority in the US House.

In Senate elections, Republicans have won on 49 seats whereas the Democrats have won 47 seats. A total of 51 seats are needed to win for a majority in US Senate.

Trump, who entered election night as an underdog, gained an advantage over Clinton after winning the swing states of Ohio, Florida and North Carolina. He also won Pennsylvania, which has voted Democrats in the past several elections.

At 8:55 pm EST, Clinton acknowledged a battle that was unexpectedly tight given her edge in opinion polls going into Election Day.

Also at stake on Tuesday was control of Congress. Television networks projected Republicans would retain control of the House of Representatives, where all 435 seats were up for grabs.

In the Senate, where Republicans were defending a slim four-seat majority, Democrats scored their first breakthrough in Illinois when Republican Senator Mark Kirk lost re-election. But Republicans Rob Portman in Ohio and Marco Rubio in Florida won high-profile Senate re-election fights.

In a presidential campaign that focused more on the character of the candidates than on policy, Clinton, 69, a former US secretary of state, and Trump, 70, accused each other of being fundamentally unfit to lead the country.


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