President Donald J. Trump.
That’s the title Americans bestowed upon the Republican candidate last night/this morning in the 58th United States federal election.
Republicans also retained control of the House and won a majority in the Senate, again giving them full control over Congress.
As of writing, Trump has won 276 electoral votes to Hillary Clinton’s 218, with five states yet to post official results. 270 electoral votes are needed to win the presidency.
The official moment came when Clinton called Trump to concede the election even before he had reached 270 electoral votes; all momentum in the states yet to have completely finished voting was strongly favouring Trump.
“I pledge to every citizen of our land that I will be president for all Americans, and this is so important to me. For those who have chosen not to support me in the past, because there were a few people, I’m reaching out to you for your guidance and your help so that we can work together and unify our great country,” said Trump in his victory speech shortly after the call from Clinton.
Searches for moving to Canada surged again, while the Canadian government’s immigration website crashed throughout the night.
Reeling from a gruelling election cycle, residents in California, Massachusetts, and Nevada can take solace in knowing that their states also voted for legalizing recreational marijuana on the night.