Donald J. Trump is the 45th president of the United States.
Around 3 A.M. Eastern time, Trump and his running mate, Mike Pence, made their way to the stage to give a victory speech to a tired but joyful crowd.
“I just received a call from (Hillary) Clinton to congratulate us… and I congratulated her family on a very hard-fought campaign,” Trump said, adding, “Now it is time to bind the wounds of division… to come together as one united people.”
Trump took many states by surprise. Michigan, for example, has voted Democrat since the 1980s, outvoting the Republican nominee by 5 to 15 points. Trump has the lead by 16,000 votes in Michigan, though the state is technically undecided.
Polling before Election Day showed Pennsylvania narrowly favored Clinton, but Trump took that state, too.
Clinton’s inability to lock down 1 or 2 more percentage points in key states such as Florida, North Carolina, Ohio and Michigan was the deciding factor in a tight race.
Clinton responded to the results in a statement, saying, “We owe (Trump) an open mind, a chance to lead,” according to the Associated Press.
President Obama also gave Trump a call to congratulate him on the victory.
The major stock index had a scare Tuesday night, with futures dropping more than 4 percent until trading later opened. It now has rebounded with 2 percent growth as of writing this article.
Check back for more coverage on North Carolina’s voting results and more on what Trump will do as president.