Defying The Odds, Donald Trump Wins Presidency

A shocking win.

Photo Illustration: R. A. Di Ieso
Nov 09, 2016 at 2:39 AM ET

Well, it actually happened: Donald J. Trump has won the 2016 presidential election.

The Republican nominee, who ran a contentious, negative and deeply polarizing campaign, pulled out a shocking victory, defying nearly every major poll. Trump won multiple swing states, including Florida, North Carolina, and Ohio, as the minority and female voters the Clinton campaign expected to turn out in droves failed to carry the first female major party nominee to the White House.

In an acceptance speech that praised Clinton for her hard-fought campaign, Trump vowed to be a unifying president after running on a deeply divisive platform. “It’s time for us to come together as one united people. I pledge I’ll be a president for all Americans,” he told the cheering crowd.

“The forgotten men and women of this country will be forgotten no longer.”

Trump ran on a campaign of building walls, deporting immigrants, banning Muslims from entering the United States, and survived numerous crises that would seemingly have sunk other candidates, including refusing to release his tax returns and joking about sexually assaulting women on a leaked 2005 tape.

America has chosen a man who’s never held elected political office, and whose campaign was rebuked by all but a handful of major newspapers, who overwhelmingly endorsed his opponent.