US election 2016: Donald Trump elected US president in stunning victory

Donald Trump set to become 45th president of the United States

Early this morning in a stunning victory that sent shockwaves around the world, Donald Trump won the US presidential election.

As he marched towards the White House, The Republican took the key swing states of Ohio, North Carolina and Florida early this morning.

He said he was “reaching out” to the people who had not supported him to “unify the country”. Mr Trump pledged that he would be “president for all Americans” in his New York victory speech.

He said, “I say to Democrats and Republicans it is time come together as one united people. Now it’s time to bind the wounds of division.”

He said “I pledge to be president for all Americans,” adding: “The forgotten men and women of our country will be forgotten no longer.”

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He said, while thanking his family, “This political stuff is nasty and it’s tough.” He said victory had been “tough”.

He went on to win Ohio and South Carolina. When he secured the key swing state of Florida, a clear path to the presidency was laid out. It was an extraordinary election night. Mr Trump won some early east coast states and did not look back.

Mrs Clinton did not initially concede the election, In an extraordinary development – but then later called Mr Trump to congratulate him on his victory.

Saying she had worked hard for many years and was owed a “deep debt of gratitude”. Mr Trump offered generous words for his vanquished opponent.

The crowd was respectful at the mention of Mrs Clinton.

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We will seek common ground, partnership not conflict. We will deal fairly with everyone. In a conciliatory speech Mr Trump added: “We will get along with all other nations willing to get along with us.

“We must reclaim our destiny. America will no longer settle for anything less than the best.”

Financial markets around the world plummeted as votes for Mr Trump stacked up.

Mrs Clinton’s hopes of a swift victory faded as the Republican picked up a series of states early on and maintained his momentum.

The leader of Ukip, Nigel Farage, described the result as “bigger than Brexit.

He told The Telegraph that Mr Trump’s election will represent a “massive result” for Britain.

Who will prioritise trade relations with the UK, He said that the UK would have a “friend in the White House.”