Vice President-elect Mike Pence spoke before Trump, thanking supporters for their support and enthusiasm.
“This is a historic night,” Pence said. “The American people have spoken and the American people have elected their new champion.”
Trump claimed victories in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Iowa, Utah, Idaho, North Carolina, Florida, Georgia, Ohio, Missouri, Montana, Louisiana, Arkansas,Kansas, North Dakota, South Dakota, Texas, Wyoming, Alabama, West Virginia, Kentucky, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee and Indiana.
Pollsters and pundits have given Trump little chance of claiming the job ever since announcing his candidacy in a raucous speech in June 2015. But he quickly took the lead in a crowded Republican field, sweeping to the nomination despite drawing tepid support from party leaders.
Even as Tuesday began, he was given little chance of victory. But starting with Florida, almost every competitive state seemed to go his way.
“Things that were true: undercover Trump vote; @mike_pence for VP; Hillary’s floor & ceiling r same; rally crowds matter; we expanded the map,” Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway tweeted at 1:30 a.m. ET, an hour before victory was sealed… see more