Shock conclusion

After tense evening in America, Trump clinches presidency

The Associated Press called the election for Donald Trump at around 2:30 a.m Eastern time

Upset supporters at Hillary Clinton's election night event at the Javits Center in New York, Nov. 8, 2016. (Ruth Fremson/The New York Times)

A few moments past 2 a.m. on Wednesday morning, Hillary Clinton’s campaign chair John Podesta addressed the thousands of supporters gathered at the Jacob K. Javits Center in New York City and told them to go home and get some rest — but that Clinton would not concede the race. He declared that Clinton was “not done yet” even though Donald Trump had just clinched Pennsylvania, which brought his total of Electoral College votes to 265 — a mere five votes short of the 270 needed to win the White House. Clinton had amassed 218 votes at the time Podesta addressed the crowd, which had become crestfallen as Clinton’s widely-expected victory failed to materialize. Moments later, The Associated Press called the election for Trump.

“Good night, we’ll have more to say tomorrow,” Podesta said. “Let’s get those votes counted and let’s bring this home.” The crowd then began leaving the venue. According to ABC News, Clinton, while declining to publicly concede the race, placed a called to Trump and conceded over the phone.

Trump had been building momentum throughout the evening as the polls closed across the U.S. He pulled out narrow wins in the battleground states of Florida, North Carolina and Ohio, severely threatening Clinton’s chances at becoming the first woman elected president in U.S. history. As the night wore on, Trump added more states. Just before 2 a.m., Pennsylvania had been called for Trump, a stunning upset given that he’d been trailing Clinton significantly in polls of voters there.

Earlier in the evening, we’d brought you live coverage of election night from ABC News. That video is still below as the network still waits for votes to be counted. And follow The New York Times election live blog for the latest updates.





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