Donald Trump will be the 45th President of the United States of America.
After a gruelling year of one of the ugliest campaigns in the US history, the Republican candidate clinched 288 seats on Wednesday, turning the edge-to-edge rivalry with Hillary Clinton into a landslide victory.
Voters eager to shake up the nation’s political establishment picked the celebrity businessman to become the nation’s 45th president.
Trump rode an astonishing wave of support from voters seeking change and willing to accept a candidate loose with facts and accused of sexual misconduct.
He upset Democrat Hillary Clinton, who would have become the first woman to serve in the Oval Office.
Here are the live updates (Indian Standard Time) of the historic election day as they happened:
10.58pm: We are now all rooting for his success in uniting and leading the country, says US President Barack Obama as he signs off from the White House.
10.57pm: I’ll do everything to make sure that the next president does a good job. I’ll make sure that hand-off is well-executed: Obama
10.55pm: The path this country has taken is never a straight line, it’s zig and zag. That’s the way politics works sometimes: Obama
10.54pm: Donald Trump and I have serious differences; but will ensure smooth transition of powers.
I am proud of Hillary Clinton. I’m confident that she will continue to do good work for people of America: Obama
10.53pm: I called Donald Trump at around 3.30am to congratulate him. I’ve invited him to White House tomorrow (on Thursday): US President Barack Obama
10.52pm: US President addresses the US from the White House
10.24pm: “God bless America.” Hillary Clinton ends her speech and she walks off the dais waving to her supporters amid a teary-eyed crowd.
10.22pm: I want you to remember this: Our campaign was never about one person or even one election. It was about the country we love: Hillary
"To all the little girls watching...never doubt that you are valuable and powerful & deserving of every chance & opportunity in the world."— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) November 9, 2016
10.20pm: Especially for the women, I want you to know nothing made me prouder... to be your champion. I know I haven’t shattered that glass ceiling. But someday, someone, and hopefully sooner, will do so: Hillary
"We have still have not shattered that highest and hardest glass ceiling. But some day, someone will." —Hillary— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) November 9, 2016
10.17pm: I have spent my entire adult life fighting for what I believe in. This loss hurts. But please never stop believing that fighting for what’s right is worth it
10.16pm: Our responsibility as citizens is to keep doing our part to build that better, stronger, fairer America we seek. And I know you will.
To Barack and Michelle Obama, our country owes you an enormous debt of gratitude: Hillary
"To Bill, Chelsea, Marc, Charlotte, Aidan, our brothers, and our entire family—my love for you means more than I can ever express." —Hillary— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) November 9, 2016
10.14pm: Being your candidate has been my greatest honour. You represent the best of America.
This is painful and will be for a long time. But our campaign was about building America: Hillary Clinton
"This loss hurts. But please never stop believing that fighting for what’s right is worth it." —Hillary— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) November 9, 2016
10.13pm: “We have seen that our nation is more deeply divided than we thought. But I still believe in America—and I always will,” says Clinton.
“Donald Trump is going to be our president. We owe him an open mind and the chance to lead: Hillary Clinton
Our campaign was never about one person or one election. I’m still hopeful, inclusive and big hearted, says Hillary Clinton conceding defeat
10.10pm: Tim Kaine welcomes Hillary Clinton to the dais to give her concession speech.
9.48pm: Speaker of the US house of representatives Paul Ryan addresses the media, ahead of Hillary Clinton’s speech.
8.50pm: Obama to address the nation, world at 1715 GMT (11.45pm), says a White House official.
8.37pm: UN chief Ban ki-Moon congratulates President-elect of the US Donald Trump. “UN counts on Trump to combat climate change, advance rights,” Ban says.
8.00am: Hillary Clinton’s speech after the results postponed to 9.00pm.
7.00pm: Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton to address following her defeat at 8pm. The first ever woman nominee of a major political party in US was initially scheduled to speak on Tuesday night at the Javits Centre. But as the result seemed in the red, the venue was changed and voters were asked to leave the centre.
6:20pm: Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says his country will work “as closely as ever” with the United States under Donald Trump’s new administration.
6:15pm: Canada’s Trudeau vows to work ‘very closely’ with Trump
5: 40pm: Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta sends a message saying ‘the American people have spoken, and they have spoken clearly.’ He says ‘the ties that bind Kenya and the United States of America are close and strong. They are old, and based in the values that we hold dear: in democracy, in the rule of law, and in the equality of peoples.’
5: 30pm: There are reports of protests by hundreds of people on California college campuses and in Oregon.
5: 25pm: US President Barack Obama calls his newly-elected successor and congratulates him on his victory and invites him to the White House for talks.
5:15pm: Turkey Prime Minister Binali Yildirim in a speech in Ankara says ‘I congratulate Mr Trump and I wish him success’.
5:10pm: Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi calls and congratulates Trump. “The US President-elect Donald Trump expressed his utmost appreciation to the president, pointing out that his was the first international call he had received to congratulate him on winning the election,” a presidency statement says.
5:05pm: Saudi King Salman expresses hope that Trump would bring stability to the Middle East. “We wish your excellency success in your mission to achieve security and stability in the Middle East and worldwide,” Salman says.
5pm: Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi congratulates Trump ‘on the occasion of his victory in the American presidential election.’
4: 45pm: The Afghan Taliban calls on Trump to withdraw from Afghanistan
4:40pm: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu expresses confidence that US-Israeli relations will reach ‘new heights’. “President-elect Trump is a true friend of the State of Israel, and I look forward to working with him to advance security, stability and peace in our region,” Netanyahu says.
4: 35pm: Indonesia’s president Joko “Jokowi” Widodo says the world’s most populous Muslim nation ‘will keep good relations, especially in trade and investment as we know the U.S. is one of Indonesia’s major investors. I think there will be no change.’
4: 30pm : Israeli Education Minister Naftali Bennett says the idea of a Palestinian state is over after this victory. “Trump’s victory is an opportunity for Israel to immediately retract the notion of a Palestinian state in the centre of the country, which would hurt our security and just cause.”
4:25pm: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sends his “heartfelt congratulations” to Trump. Ade says “as a very successful businessman with extraordinary talents, not only you made a great contribution to the growth of the US economy, but now as a strong leader, you have demonstrated your determination to lead the United States.”
4:20pm: French President Hollande says Trump’s victory shows that France must be stronger and Europe must be united. “I congratulate him as is natural between two democratic heads of state. This American election opens a period of uncertainty”.
4:15pm: Leaders of the European Union invite Trump to a summit as soon as he can schedule one and cites security and trade ties as key in a letter.
4:00pm: Russian President Vladimir Putin says Russia is ready to fully restore relations with the United States. In a brief statement he expresses his hope ‘to work together for removing Russian-American relations from their crisis state’.
3:45pm: German vice-chancellor Sigmar Gabriel calls Trump “pioneer of a new authoritarian movement”
3:35pm: Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan says hopes Trump election will benefit Middle East
3:25pm: Kremlin spokesman says suggestions Russia interfered in US election are absurd
3:20pm: Iran says Trump should stay committed to the nuclear deal. “The United States should fulfil its commitments in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (the nuclear deal) as a multilateral international agreement,” Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif was quoted as saying by Tasnim news agency
3:05pm: UK PM Theresa May says looks forward to working with Trump, building on ties
2:54pm: Italy PM Renzi congratulates Trump, says Italy’s friendship with US solid
2:50pm: President Pranab Mukherjee congratulates Donald Trump on being elected the President of the United States
2:40pm: Hungary’s prime minister says Donald Trump’s victory is “great news” and shows “democracy is still alive.”
2:20pm: PM Narendra Modi congratulates Donald Trump on being elected as US President, says he looks forward to working together to enhance ties
2:05pm: South Korea’s finance minister says Trump win may affect S Korea-US FTA, TPP deals
1:55pm: Russian President Vladimir Putin congratulated businessman Donald Trump on his victory in the U.S. presidential election in a telegram on Wednesday, the Kremlin said.
“Putin expressed hope for joint work to restore Russian-American relations from their state of crisis, and also to address pressing international issues and search for effective responses to challenges concerning global security,” the Kremlin said in a statement.
1:50pm: Turkish foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu congratulates Donald Trump, says Ankara would strengthen its “trust-based relations and cooperation” with the United States
1:44pm: European Parliament President Martin Schulz says working with Trump will be “harder”
1:40pm: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Trump’s win: ‘The American people have chosen a new direction for our nation’
1:39pm: House Speaker Paul Ryan calls President-elect Donald Trump to congratulate him on his victory
1:35pm: Trump says while the campaign is over, work on this movement is just beginning
1:32pm: People call it a historic event, but we still have to prove it by doing a historic job: Trump
1:30pm: We owe Hillary Clinton a major debt of gratitude for her service to our country, says Trump
1:27pm: Trump says we will seek common ground, not hostility; partnership not conflict
1:25pm: Trump says we will put millions of our people to work rebuilding infrastructure
Trump says forgotten men and women of the US will be forgotten no longer
Watch Donald Trump’s full victory speech
1:24pm: America will deal fairly with everyone in the world, says President-elect Donald Trump
1:23pm: We will get along with all other countries willing to get along with us, says Trump
1:22pm: Trump says now it’s time for America to bind the wounds of division
1:21pm: I will be president for all Americans, says Donald Trump
1:20pm: Sorry to keep you waiting, it’s a complicated business. Got a call from Hillary, we congratulated each other. She worked very hard: Trump
1:19pm: President-elect Donald Trump arrives on stage to address supporters
1:18pm: America has elected a new champion. It is my privilege to service as Vice President of America, says Mike Pence
1:16pm: Vice President-Elect M Pence addresses supporters at the New York Hilton, with family
1:10pm: Clinton called Trump to concede election, reports CNN
1:08pm: Germany’s defence minister Ursula von der Leyen described Donald Trump’s gains in the U.S. presidential election as a “huge shock” on Wednesday and asked him for assurances on his commitment to NATO
1:02pm: Donald Trump is elected president of the United States
1:01pm: Passing on torch to next admn in a very good shape. Ties with India a non-partisan subject in US: US envoy Richard Verma
12:57pm: Trump to address supporters in New York shortly
12:46pm: France’s far-right National Front party leader Marine Le Pen congratulates Donald Trump. “Congratulations to the new president of the United States Donald Trump and to the free American people!” she said on Twitter.
12:26pm: Trump wins Nebraska’s final congressional district, sweeping the state’s 5 electoral votes
12:34pm: Clinton campiagn chairman John Podesta is now speaking to Clinton supporters, sending them home for the night
12:33pm: Hillary Clinton will not be giving a concession speech tonight: Reuters quoting sources
12:28pm: Clinton wins Maine and 1 congressional district, takes 3 electoral votes; Trump wins 1 district in state, gets 1 vote
12:20pm: South Korea believes a Trump administration would maintain US policy on North
12:08pm: Trump wins Pennsylvania
11:48am: Republicans will retain control of Senate after win in Pennsylvania if they hold Louisiana, Alaska as expected
11:20am: Tokyo stocks dive 5.4% as Trump closes in on White House
10:58am: Republicans clinch House majority, extending 6-year lock on chamber, while Dems’ gains modest.
10:52am: Clinton wins Nevada
10:42am: Mexico peso plunges to life low as Trump homes in on US presidency
10:35am: Trump wins Iowa
10:24am: Trump wins Utah, edges closer to White House
10:15am: Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who is also Donald Trump’s friend, said the US Republican Presidential candidate was in his apartment “watching everything though I am telling him not to”. Giuliani said Trump was drinking Diet Coke as he eyed the television and the initial returns out of several states. At 6 p.m., Trump had not yet eaten dinner.
10:04am: Trump wins Georgia
10:01am: Indian-American Kamala Harris scripts history, wins US Senate seat from California
10:00am: Clinton wins Washington state
9:54am: Republican Ron Johnson of Wisconsin wins re-election to the Senate
9:39am: Clinton wins Oregon, Trump wins North Carolina
9:36am: Indian-American Raja Krishnamoorthi wins election to US House of Representatives from Illinois
9:32am: Trump wins Idaho; Clinton wins California, Hawaii
9:21am: Trump wins Florida
9:11am: Clinton wins Virginia, Colorado
9:04am: US Crude oil futures fall over 4% to below $43.17 per barrel as Trump pulls forward
8:57am: Trump wins Missouri, key battleground state Ohio
8:53am: Clinton wins New Mexico
8:40am: Futures markers for the S&P 500, the NASDAQ and the Dow Jones Industrial Average sank around three percent as returns showed a solid showing for Trump in battleground states
8:34am: Donald Trump wins Montana
8:33am: Oil prices fall over 2%, gold rallies as Trump does better than expected
8:06am: Tokyo stocks plunge 2.2% as results show tight US election
7:58am: Clinton wins Connecticut, Trump wins Louisiana
7:54am: Asian shares have shed early gains, as Donald Trump gained the lead in the electoral vote count .Japan’s Nikkei 225 index dropped 2.5 percent to 16,741.84 and the S&P ASX/200 in Australia slipped 0.2 percent to 5,249.40. South Korea’s Kospi skidded 0.6 percent to 1,991.11 and Hong Kong’s Hang Seng tumbled 1.4 percent to 22,582.11. The Shanghai Composite index fell 0.2 percent to 3,142.94. Benchmarks were higher in Malaysia and Indonesia but fell in Taiwan and Singapore.
7:51am: Republican Eric Holcomb elected governor of Indiana; Democrat Jim Justice elected governor of West Virginia
Republican Johnny Isakson of Georgia re-elected to Senate
7:42am: Donald Trump wins Arkansas
Republican John Boozman of Arkansas re-elected to Senate.
7:36am: Democrat Tammy Duckworth of Illinois elected to the Senate, toppling Republican incumbent Mark Kirk
GOP Sens. Moran of Kansas, Hoeven of North Dakota, Thune of South Dakota, and Dem Schumer of New York re-elected
7:35am: Trump wins Nebraska and two of the state’s three congressional districts, winning total of 4 electoral votes
7:33am: Trump wins Vyoming, Kansas and Texas, North Dakota and South Dakota; Clinton takes New York
7:31am: Clinton wins Illinois
7:24am: Trump wins Mississippi
7:14am: Hillary Clinton wins Rhode Island
7:10am: Republicans retain control of the U.S. House of Representatives - network projections: Reuters
6:59am: Trump wins Alabama
6:55am: Republican Richard Shelby of Alabama re-elected to the Senate, Republican Todd Young of Indiana elected to Senate
6:48am: Donald Trump wins Tennessee
6:42am: Democratic Rep. John Carney has won the Delaware governor’s race eight years after losing his first bid to become the state’s chief executive.
6:40am: Trump wins South Carolina, reports AP
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6:32am: Clinton wins Massachusetts, New Jersey, Maryland, District of Columbia, Delaware. Trump wins Oklahoma: Associated Press
6:20am: Mexico Peso down 1.15% as early US election results trickle in
6:05am: The North Carolina Board of Elections has agreed to extend voting in eight precincts in Durham County, where Democrats have a 4-to-1 registration advantage over Republicans.
6:00am: Trump wins West Virginia: AP
5:58am: Portman re-elected to U.S. Senate in Ohio: AP
Polls close in the first six states in the elections and the projections have started coming in.
Republican Donald Trump struck first in the bitter presidential race against Democrat Hillary Clinton, winning as expected in conservative Kentucky and Indiana with results in more vital state battlegrounds coming within an hour.
US television networks, making the projections, said Clinton was the victor in the state of Vermont.
There are now reports coming in of a polling station in California on lock down following a nearby shooting that left one person dead and three wounded. The shooting took place in early afternoon in the city of Azusa, 40 kilometers east of Los Angeles, Vanessa Lozano, spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County Fire Department told AFP.
She said three people were transported to a hospital with gunshot wounds and one was dead on arrival.
Critical Incident: Please stay out of the area of Fourth St & Orange Ave. All residents in the area shelter in place.— Azusa Police (@AzusaPD) November 8, 2016
Neither Donald Trump nor Hillary Clinton is able to claim favourable standing with a majority of the US electorate, reports The Associated Press.
Fewer than half of voters who cast presidential ballots say they made their choice out of a strong preference for their candidate.
Former presidential candidate and current US Senator Bernie Sanders casts his vote in Burlington, Vermont.
A Nevada judge rejected a request by Donald Trump’s presidential campaign for an immediate order to be issued in its lawsuit over concerns about voting at a polling place in Las Vegas that remained open late last week.
US stocks rose for a second straight session on Tuesday, helped by early voter turnout estimates favouring Democrat candidate Hillary Clinton, reported Reuters.
President Barack Obama says his faith in the American people hasn’t wavered.
Asked whether he was feeling nervous about the presidential election outcome, Obama said “I think we’ll do a good job” as long as the American people vote.
Donald Trump sued the registrar of voters in Clark County, Nevada over a polling place in Las Vegas that had been allowed to remain open late last week to accommodate people who were lined up to vote.
President Barack Obama says on Twitter that “progress is on the ballot” Tuesday. He’s urging his more than 11 million Twitter followers to “go vote.” He also says they should make sure that their friends, family and everyone they know votes, too.
Today, progress is on the ballot. Go vote - then make sure your friends, your family, and everyone you know votes too.— President Obama (@POTUS) November 8, 2016
Election officials say voting machine problems in southern Utah are forcing poll workers to use paper ballots, potentially affecting tens of thousands of people.
Republican candidate Donald Trump and wife Melania Trump cast their vote in New York. Trump said: “it’s a great honor, a tremendous honor” to be casting his ballot. He said he’s feeling confident about the outcome, citing “tremendous enthusiasm.” As for his longstanding concerns about voter fraud, he says. “We’re always concerned about that.” His final message to voters: “Make America great again. That’s all it is. That’s what it’s all about.”
“It is the most humbling feeling,” Hillary Clinton said after casting her vote.
US vice-president Joe Biden and wife Jill Biden cast their vote in Willmington, Delaware.
Democrat candidate Hillary Clinton cast her vote on Tuesday along with her husband Bill Clinton at a polling station in Chappaqua, New York.
Eric Trump says that his father will concede the election if he loses and the results are “legit and fair.” In an Election Day interview with MSNBC’s Morning Joe, Donald Trump’s son said that “all we want is a fair fight, not just for this election but for all elections.” The Republican presidential nominee has repeatedly warned of a “rigged election,” though there is no evidence of widespread fraud in the electoral system.
Republican Donald Trump is expressing confidence on Election Day.
In a phone interview Tuesday morning on “Fox and Friends,” the Republican presidential nominee said: “We’re going to win a lot of states.” But in a rare moment of uncertainty, he added: “Who knows what happens ultimately?”
If rival Hillary Clinton wins, Trump says he won’t be looking back positively on a failed bid for the White House. He said: “If I don’t win, I will consider it a tremendous waste of time, energy and money.”
Democratic vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine says he and Hillary Clinton can clinch the White House if they win any one of the “checkmate” states.
In an interview with ABC’s Good Morning America Tuesday, Kaine said the battleground states of North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Florida and Ohio each hold the key to a win for the Democratic running mates.
Tim Kaine has cast his ballot for president in his hometown of Richmond, Virginia.
The Democratic vice presidential nominee and his wife, Anne Holton, voted shortly after polls opened at 6 a.m. at a retirement community near their home.