(By: Brendan Sylvia)
Donald Trump celebrates a victory Tuesday night after winning the 2016 United States Presidential Election. The official call was made at around 3 a.m. EST as it varied among the different news outlets. According to the preliminary results, Trump won 48% of the ballots cast nationwide with 279 Electoral College votes while Democrat challenger Hillary Clinton also captured 48% of the popular vote, but only 228 spots in the Electoral College.
Courtesy: Fox News Live Election Results HQ
So far 98% of the vote has been counted, but the closeness of the race means several states have still not been declared for either candidate. Arizona, Michigan and New Hampshire all remain too close to call with their final results expected later today.
Donald Trump shared the winning moment with supporters at the Hilton Midtown in New York, New York. The new president-elect delivered a speech that congratulated Clinton on her “hard fought campaign” and called to begin renewing the American Dream. Trump went on to promise fixing the United States’ inner cities, rebuilding infrastructure and doubling the country’s economic growth.
Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton declined to address the nation during her election night party two miles away at the Jacob K. Javits Center. Instead, Clinton’s campaign Chairman, John Podesta, told supporters, “We’re not going to have anything more to say tonight”.
The former secretary of state opted to deliver her concession speech on Wednesday morning where she told Americans they owe Donald Trump “an open mind and the chance to lead”. Clinton acknowledged in reference to the election results that “This loss hurts, but please, never stop believing that fighting for what’s right is worth it.”
In addition to winning the presidency, the Republican party claimed control of Senate and House of Representatives. This means that President-elect Trump will have an easier time approving his platform, provided he receives full cooperation from those in his party.
While many are glad the election is finally over, much work remains to be done. America stands more divided than ever which leaves one task more urgent than any other for the new president-elect; bringing the country together.