For a lot of the American media, but not the population, the unthinkable has just happened. Donald Trump Jr. is now the 45th President of the United States of America.
The man himself has called the moment “historic”, saying: “So it's been what they call a historic event. But to be really historic, we have to do a great job. And I promise you that I will not let you down. We'll do a great job. We'll do a great job.”
In an address after his victory, Trump said that he looks forward to being the President of the United States and that they were immediately going to start working for the American people. “And we're going to be doing a job that hopefully you will be so proud of your president, you'll be so proud,” he added.
The Republican candidate took to the stage with shouts of ‘U-S-A, U-S-A’ ringing in the background and started by saying “we have to get together”. He concluded by saying that their work is only just beginning now.
Trump won 55.7 million votes at last count and defeated the Democrats’ candidate Hillary Clinton who was at 54.5 million then. She did run him close but lagged behind throughout the counting of votes.
Trump, the candidate for the Republicans had been vilified in the press and had quite a bit of opposition even in the American press with stories of his past stunts and current ones. Known as the ‘King of New York City’, Trump has been linked to running for Presidency early on in his life but the American businessman and chairman of The Trump Organisation.
He has never held an elected office in the past though and was up against the more seasoned and experienced Clinton who has been the first lady, senator and a secretary of state.
Trump announced his candidacy for President on June 16, 2015 at New York City. He became the Republican Party’s candidate in May this year after a thumping majority.
This is how the counting process happened in IST since early morning on November 9:
1:17 p.m. : The final count this stands at 276-218 to Trump. He is here folks, and we're out.
1:00 p.m.: Donald Trump has won Wisconsin And its ten electoral votes. That probably makes him the 45th President of the US until a final confirmation.
12:36 p.m. : Its 266-218 Trump-Clinton currently with Donald having won an electoral vote in Maine
12:26 p.m.: Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton has just won Maine and three out of four of the electoral votes on offer.
12:23 p.m.: Popular votes have Trump at 55.7 million and Clinton at 54.5 million currently. That is not what decides it though.
12:15 p.m. : CNN projects Trump to win Alaska while AP still makes us wait. He's close, no doubt.
12:08 p.m. : It now stands at 264-215 Trump-Clinton.
12:06 p.m.: The Donald has won Pennsylvania which has about 20 electoral votes. This almost seals it, and we can probably lay out the carpet for Trump now.
12:00 p.m.: It seems Hillary's chances are all but over. She needs to win about 60,000 votes in Pennsylvania and Michigan to have a chance which the Wall Street Journal isn't giving her currently.
11:55 a.m. : AP now projects that the Republicans will have control of the Senate.
11:24 a.m. : A bit of a lull in proceedings but Trump is expected to shade Wisconsin, New Hampshire, Michigan, and Pennsylvania and that would mean he tops 300 and you have a new President of the USA with funny hair.
11:09 a.m. : Social media is already calling it with Trump said to be leading in Alaska where polls have to close yet and which has three electoral votes.
11:03 a.m.: Trump is reportedly ahead in New Hampshire, a state Clinton needs to win.
10:50 a.m. : AP confirms that Clinton has won Nevada with six electoral votes and its now at 244-215 Trump-Clinton.
10:46 a.m. : The American media is almost in pining mode for Hillary. They're hoping she gets those 'three '-big comebacks' that she needs.
10:43 a.m. : Have the numbers spoken? The NY Times has Trump at a 95 percent chance of winning. That coffee break cannot come sooner.
10:34 a.m.: They are right, the aggressive ones. Trump is at 244 now with six of the electoral votes from Iowa with him. 244-209 Trump-Clinton
10:27 a.m. : It does. It stands at 238-209 according to our conservative estimates. The more aggressive have it at 244-209 with another state going Trump's way.
10:24 a.m. : Donald Trump has won Utah and its six electoral votes. It should read 238 to Trump in a bit.
10:14 a.m. : It's 232 to Trump and 209 to Clinton.
10:09 a.m. : Donald Trump has won Georgia with 16 electoral votes while Clinton has Washington and its 12 votes nailed.
9:49 a.m. : It stands now at 216-197 Trump-Clinton.
9:45 a.m. : AP says Trump has bagged North Carolina and its 15 electoral votes.
9:37 a.m. : Clinton has also Oregon with seven electoral votes and it stands at 201-197 to Trump at the moment. Its getting close.
9:36 a.m. : Clinton has won Hawaii while Trump has won Idaho which has four electoral votes.
9:32 a.m. : AP says Hillary Clinton has won California and Hawaii which have 55 and 4 electoral votes respectively. A comeback on the cards?
9:24 a.m. : The tally is at 197-131 Trump-Clinton. As it stands.
9:22 a.m. : Donald Trump has just won Florida with its 29 electoral votes. This is big.
9.14 a.m.: Hillary Clinton has won Colorado and its 9 electoral votes
9.12 a.m.: Clinton's tally moves to 122. Trump still leading with 168 electoral votes
9.10 a.m.: Hillary Clinton has won Virgin which has 13 electoral votes.
9:07 a.m.: Donald Trump has won Ohio which has 18 electoral votes.
9:05 a.m. : The NY Times says 87 percent chance of Trump winning Presidency with 289 electoral votes. Yes, this is happening.
9:01 a.m. : 150-109 Trump-Clinton currently.
8:58 a.m. : Trump has won Missouri which has ten electoral colleges.
8:56 a.m. : AP confirms Hillary has won New Mexico which has five electoral colleges. Current tally coming up in a bit.
8:53 a.m. : The NY Times puts its neck out there and projects 66 percent chances of Trump winning this.
8:50 a.m. : Okay, everything has seemingly gone quiet. Is the US contemplating Trump right now?
8:46 a.m. : The Yen and the Mexican Peso are swinging in jittery trades on the Asian market courtesy #ElectionNight. The Clinton camp has reportedly gone quiet.
8:44 a.m. : Okay, so there is a bit of chaos about with NBC also calling Missouri for Donald which would take it to 150 in his favour. But lets just wait a bit.
8:42 a.m. : NBC just called New Mexico for Hillary Clinton.
8:36 a.m. : It stands at 140-104 Trump-Clinton with Iowa, Nevada and Utah 'too close to call'.
8:34 a.m. : Donald Trump has just won Montana which has two electoral votes according to AP.
8:28 a.m. : NY Times says The Donald has "a good chance".
8:21 a.m. : CNN says The Republicans will keep control of the House while we do not have a call from AP on it as yet
8:08 a.m. :Florida, Pennsylvania,Ohio,Georgia,Michigan,North Carolina,Virginia,Minnesota and New Hampshire 'Too Close To Call' say NBC
8:05 a.m. : It's 137-104 Trump-Clinton as it stands currently.
8:02 a.m. : The US media says its expecting a much tighter race than it hoped for. Much like 2014 in India when no one expected such a crushing majority?
8:00 a.m. : But the Donald is fighting back, and how. American networks say he's won Louisiana which has eight electoral votes.
7:57 a.m. : AP says Hillary Clinton has won Connecticut which has seven electoral votes.
7:48 a.m. : Two hours of counting have passed us by and Donald Trump leads Clinton 129-97 in the race to 270
7:46 a.m. : Oh, and Kansas and Nebraska go Trump's way too says The NY Times
7:44 a.m. : Trump has also registered a victory in Arkansas says AP
7.35 a.m.: Donald Trump wins North Dakota, South Dakota, Texas and Wyoming
7.33 a.m. : Donald Trump loses his home state of New York to Hillary Clinton.
7.30 a.m. : Hillary Clinton wins Illinois.
7.26 a.m. : Donald Trump wins Mississippi.
7:25 a.m. : Hillary leads Trump 75-72 in the race in electoral colleges.
7:17 a.m.: Both candidates are seemingly neck-and-neck currently with Hillary just shading Trump in the race.
7:11 a.m. : Hillary Clinton has won Rhode Island which has four electoral votes.
7:01 a.m. : Republican Todd Young has been elected as the Senator of Indiana.
6:57 am. : Donald Trump is said to have won Alabama which has nine electoral votes.
6:52 a.m. : CNN says Donald Trump has won Tennessee which has eleven electoral votes by itself.
6:51 a.m. : Hillary Clinton is now reportedly leading Trump 68-48 in the race to 270.
6:45 a.m. : The NY Times says Hillary Clinton is ahead in New Jersey.
6:44 a.m. : The US networks say South Carolina has gone Trump's way.
6:41 a.m. : Donald Trump wins Oklahoma and the state of West Virginia
6:37 a.m. : Hillary Clinton wins Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey and the District of Columbia
6:14 a.m. : Trump is reportedly ahead 24-3 in the race.
6:05 a.m.: Virginia has five votes out of the 538 overall and it has gone to Donald Trump.
5:58 a.m.: Vigo County goes to Donald Trump. They have been voting for the winner there since Dwight Eisenhower.
5:54 a.m. : Eight percent of the votes have been counted so far with Clinton taking a slight lead in Florida.
5:37 a.m. : The state of Vermont goes to Hillary Clinton
5:33 a.m. : Kentucky and Indiana go by way of Donald Trump
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