Republican business mogul-turned politician Donald Trump managed to shock pollsters in the U.S. presidential election and secure his victory to become the 45th President of the United States. Democrat Hillary Clinton’s hopes of becoming the first woman to run the White House were shattered as she failed to secure strong support in the rust belt. Trump came to the win by winning Pennsylvania.
By winning 274 electors, Trump became the President-Elect. He is set to take office on January 20 next year. However, since the U.S. head of state is chosen indirectly, he will first have to gain the votes of the electors in December.
Major pre-election polls turned out to be inaccurate since rural voters weren’t fully taken into account. Trump surprised everyone by being victorious in all major battleground states.
In his victory speech on Wednesday, Donald Trump told supporters the United States of America will see a “national project of renewal.” The president-elect said the endeavor will include “the best and the brightest.” Trump announced the country will double its economic growth, using its “tremendous potential” and stressed the U.S. will get along with other nations “willing to get along.”
“America will no longer settle for anything less than the best,” he stated and claimed his government will “deal fairly” with partners. Inner cities will be fixed and infrastructure will be rebuilt, while millions of people will be hired in the process, Trump said. Trump praised his family and allies, including Ben Carson, Jeff Sessions, Reince Priebus and Rudolph Giuliani.