One by one, the swing states fell his way: Florida, Ohio, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and then Wisconsin, USA Today reports.
“I pledge to be president for all Americans,” Trump said to an enthusiastic crowd of supporters in New York. “We are going to rebuild our inner cities… We will rebuild our infrastructure, which will become second to none.”
He pledged to create jobs and take care of veterans.
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.
Clinton claimed California, Hawaii, Oregon, Washington, Nevada, Colorado, Virginia, Illinois, New York, Connecticut,Rhode Island, Maryland, Massachusetts, Delaware, New Jersey, Vermont and Washington, D.C.
Trump and Clinton mostly shunned public appearances as the day wore on, although Trump conducted radio interviews and their social media accounts were far from silent.
“Don’t let up, keep getting out to vote – this election is FAR FROM OVER! We are doing well but there is much time left. GO FLORIDA!,” Trump tweeted before the state was won.
Clinton’s account chimed in early: “This team has so much to be proud of. Whatever happens tonight, thank you for everything.”
Russian president Vladimir Putin sent Trump a telegram of congratulations while Dutch far-right politician Geert Wilders tweeted his praise.
European Union leaders Donald Tusk and Jean-Claude Juncker issued a statement congratulating Trump and said “it is more important than ever to strengthen transatlantic relations.”
British Prime Minister Theresa May congratulated Trump and said she looked forward to working with him.