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Live: Trump wins US presidential election as Clinton concedes defeat

© Angela Weiss / AFP | People react to the voting results at Hillary Clinton's election night event at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center November 9, 2016 in New York City.

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2016-11-09

Donald Trump has won a shock victory in the US presidential election, with Hillary Clinton calling the Republican candidate to concede defeat. Follow all the latest events in this dramatic election in real time on FRANCE 24's live blog.

  • Former Democratic senator and one-time secretary of state Hillary Clinton, 69, is bidding to become the first woman elected to the White House.
  • Challenging her for the presidency is billionaire real estate tycoon and former reality TV star Donald Trump, 70.
  • Voting is now over in all 50 states.
  • Trump has won surprise victories in key battleground states including Florida, Ohio and North Carolina, according to projections, putting him in touch of a shock election win.
  • Most polls before voting started showed Clinton with a slight edge, although in some forecasts her lead fell within the margin of error.
  • The Republicans also look set to maintain their majorities in the House of Representatives and the Senate.
  • More than 240 million Americans were eligible to vote, although turnout in 2012 was just 129 million, according to Pew Research. However, a record 46 million have cast their ballots in early voting.

Click on the live blog below to follow events on Election Day in real time. Click here to follow the blog on your smart phone or tablet. 

Date created : 2016-11-08

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