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© Chip Somodevilla, Getty, AFP | Donald Trump urged Americans to "come together as one united people" in his acceptance speech, after a deeply divisive election campaign.

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2016-11-09

Republican candidate Donald Trump will become the United States' 45th president after staging a huge upset to beat Democratic rival Hillary Clinton.

  • Trump, a billionaire real estate tycoon, rode a wave of anti-establishment sentiment to claim an improbable election victory.
  • The 70-year-old Republican candidate won surprise victories in key battleground states including Florida, Ohio and North Carolina.
  • In his acceptance speech, Trump urged Americans to "come together as one united people" after a deeply divisive campaign
  • Clinton, who was bidding to become the first woman elected to the White House, has conceded defeat.
  • 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 maintained their majorities in the House of Representatives and the Senate.

To see the US election as it unfolded in real time, see our live blog below. Click here to follow the blog on your smart phone or tablet. 

Date created : 2016-11-09

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