NEW YORK (TIP): Upsetting all polls predicting victory of Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, in early hours of Wednesday, November 9, won the Presidential elections with a wide lead over his Democratic opponent. Trump reached the winning 270 mark (276) with Hillary sitting at 218. “Unbelievable” is what a pollster exclaimed when Trump pocketed State after States, including battleground Ohio which has 18 electoral votes, Florida which has 29 electoral votes and the Blue Pennsylvania which has 20 electoral votes. Not only that this election saw Trump adding to the number of Red States, it has also witnessed the Red becoming redder.
At a point when Trump had already got 254 electoral votes in his kitty and Hillary was trailing at 214 with the results of Pennsylvania, then a close one but pointing to a Trump victory, yet to come in, it became clear that Trump will be the 45th President of the US. At that point, Trump was leading in quite a few States where counting was in progress. It was at this point of time that Hillary Clinton called Trump to concede the election. Shortly afterwards, Trump made his victory speech to a jubilant gathering at the Hilton in Manhattan, with the Vice President elect Mike Pence on his right and his youngest son Barron Trump on his left.
Trump was conciliatory in his 15-minute speech. “To all Republicans, Democrats and Independents across this nation, I say it is time for us to come together as one united people. It’s time”, he said.
Trump pledged to “every citizen of our land, that I will be president for all Americans. This is so important to me. Working together, we will begin the urgent task of rebuilding our nation.”
Referring to economy and relations with nations in the world, he said: “We have a great economic plan. We will double our growth and have the strongest economy anywhere in the world. At the same time, we will get along with any other nations willing to get along with us. We expect to have great relationships.”
Getting on to making America great again, Trump said: “Nothing we want for our future is beyond our reach. America will no longer settle for anything less than the best. We must reclaim our country’s destiny.”