**Washington:** Republican Donald Trump succeeds Democratic Barack Obama as he trounced his Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton in one of the most bitterly contested fights for the American Presidency.
With 288 electoral votes garnered against his rival’s 215 votes vis-à-vis the magic number 270, Trump is the occupier of the majestic White House and pivotal in global power.
In his maiden speech as the US President-elect soon after the result, Trump said, “I’ll be the President for all. It was a movement not a campaign. Will only settle for the best. Want partnership not conflict. Time for us to work together. Expect good ties with other nations. All political stuff is nasty. We are going to fix our cities. Have great economic plans. We will double our growth. No dream or challenges is too big. We will renew the American Dream. Moving towards a better future. And, I love this country.”
70-year-old Trump, an industrial tycoon, has adorned the coveted post as the 45th American President.
His better half Melania Trump is now America’s First Lady.
With polling over in three dozen US states, Republican Donald Trump took a surprise lead over his Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton in one of the most bitterly contested fights for Presidency proving wrong most poll pundits as they had predicted a Clinton win in a tightly fought battle.
Trump, who appeared a loser only weeks ago, on Tuesday led with 149 electoral votes to Clinton’s 109.
CNN said with 48.9 per cent, Trump was ahead of Clinton (47 per cent) in the national popular vote. He had one million votes more in his kitty.
CNN projections gave Trump impressive leads in Virginia, Georgia, Michigan, New Hampshire, Wisconsin, Montana, Kansas, Nebraska, Missouri and Wyoming and, vitally, in the key battleground states of Florida, Ohio and North Carolina.
The former Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, was projected to win in New York, Texas, Vermont, Illinois, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Maryland, Rhode Island, Delaware, Connecticut and the District of Columbia.
In Florida, Trump led among white voters, including those with a college degree, the New York Times said.
Arizona, Colorado, Louisiana, New Mexico, Iowa, Nevada and Utah were too close to call, CNN said.
Both Clinton and Trump earlier voted along with their families in New York on the morning of the election Tuesday.
But it was clear even as the balloting began that the fate of the two main candidates would be decided by the bulk of the seemingly angry voters across the country.
Clinton appeared to be leading Trump by a few per cent points in the early national polls but Trump — who had always been confident of winning — came back strongly.
Trump’s campaign saw dramatic ups and downs.
Trump’s numbers surged recently after the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) re-opened its investigation into Clinton’s email scandal.
The 2016 race for the White House will be remembered for being the contest in which both candidates had unusually high negative rates, with each being despised by certain demographics.
While Trump was highly popular among white blue-collar Americans, he was hated by many single women and Latinos. Clinton was somewhat popular among her own supporters, but deeply distrusted by much of the public.