Donald Trump is US president-elect in ‘America’s Brexit’ as Hillary concedes election – live

 

Donald Trump won the US presidential election early this morning in a stunning victory that confounded pollsters – although his rival Hillary Clinton refused to concede.

The Republican took the key swing states of Florida, North Carolina and Ohio early this morning, as he marched towards the White House.

In an extraordinary development, Mrs Clinton did not concede the election – despite several news networks calling it for Mr Trump. Her campaign said it was “too close to call”.

The Republican surpassed expectations and confounded pollsters in Florida, where Mrs Clinton had been expected to win following a surge in the Hispanic vote.

Mrs Clinton’s hopes of a swift victory faded as the Republican picked up a series of states early on and maintained his momentum.

Mr Trump’s unexpected success in Florida was backed up by wins in the key states of Ohio, North Carolina and Pennsylvania.

 

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7:34am

DONALD TRUMP ELECTED PRESIDENT OF THE US

The AP has called the election for Donald Trump.

He will be the next president of the United States of America.

7:26am

Trump arrives at ‘Victory Party’

Cheers erupted Mr Trump arrived at the Hilton Midtown hotel where he is staging his “Victory Party”.

7:05am

CLINTON NOT READY TO CONCEDE

John Podesta, Mrs Clinton’s camapaign manager has said: “She is not done yet.”

He has told the Clinton election night party that the campaign is not ready to concede yet because too many states are “too close to call”.

He told the crowd to go home – the campaign will not be saying anything more tonight.

“I know you’ve been here a long time,” he said.

“We’re still counting votes, and every vote should count.

“Several states are still close to call, so we’re not going to have anything more to say tonight.

“Everyone should head home. You should get some sleep. We’ll have more to say tomorrow.

“We are so proud of you, and we are so proud of her. She has done amazing things and she’s not done yet.”

Boos and chants of “lock her up” rang around Mr Trump’s election night event after it was announced Mrs Clinton would not be conceding defeat.

An extraordinary development.

Camp Clinton: Hillary not ready to concedePlay!02:08

 
 

6:59am

Kellyanne Conway, Trump’s campaign manager, explains how they were able to pick up so many victories

Things that were true: undercover Trump vote; @mike_pencefor VP; Hillary’s floor & ceiling r same; rally crowds matter; we expanded the map

 
 

6:51am

Trump takes Pennsylvania

 

6:50am

Celebrities tweet their worry and anger about Trump

Hillary Clinton had the support of far more celebrities than Donald Trump did during the race for the White House, Helena Hortonwrites.

Many famous faces, including Miley Cyrus and Whoopi Goldberg said or hinted they would even move to Canada if Mr Trump won the election.

As Mrs Clinton’s chances of winning look slimmer and slimmer, many celebrities have tweeted their frustration and worry about Mr Trump.

world will never be the same. I feel Sad for the young.🚽will never be more than the toilet, I’ve used as a symbol 4 Him.
U Can’t Polish 💩

 
 

6:47am

Why did polls get it so wrong? Politics as we knew it is over

Harry de Quetteville writes:

The tweet from the “republican” pollster Frank Luntz as the polls closed said it all:

All eyes will be in Virginia for 2017.

Tim Kaine’s Senate seat will open up, and they will have a special election. 

In case I wasn’t clear enough from my previous tweets:

Hillary Clinton will be the next President of the United States.

 

Like everyone else in the prediction game, Mr Luntz was served up a feast of his own words to consume over the next few hours. First came the odd unnerving slice of reality. Then came a few massive helpings of humble pie.

One by one, all their predictions, all their forecasts, their obsessively mined data, their experience at calling previous elections fell apart. It all counted for nothing. Trump was demolishing the pollsters, just as he demolished his rivals to be Republican nominee, just as he – at the time of writing – looked set to demolish Hillary Clinton’s chances of assuming the presidency.

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6:41am

TRUMP PREPARING TO ADDRESS THE NATION

AP has called Pennsylvania for Mr Trump.

He is apparently coming out to address his victory party, but awaiting confirmation he is projected to pass 270 electoral college votes.

Will Mrs Clinton concede?!

6:27am

‘Trump understands business, that’s why I voted for him’

Harriet Alexander has been speaking to a New Jersey-born Cuban businesswoman about why she is celebrating Mr Trump’s success:

Barbara Garcia, 37, who owns property and mortgage brokers, says her main reason for supporting Mr Trump is that he understands business. “What Obama did to us in terms of healthcare and the minimum wage was ridiculous,” she said. “He forced us to get rid of employees. “You can’t order me to pay for my workers’ healthcare without knowing how much I make. I agree with everyone having healthcare – but just not penalizing those who employ them.” Her parents came to the US from Cuba, and this also influenced her vote, she said. “My parents came here for freedom. And that’s what is most important to me. “People say I should support a woman for president – well, sure, but just not that woman. “And I know Trump has said some bad things – at times, I was like: ‘Put a sock in it.’ But I can deal with that. As long as he fixes this country.”

Silvio Morraz, 51, a builder from Nicaragua, says Trump is “the new Reagan. He’ll build the wall, stop drugs, stop criminals. I’m so happy.”

 
 

6:23am

Paul Ryan ‘calls Trump to congratulate him’

Paul Ryan, the House speaker, has called Mr Trump to congratulate him.

According to NBC, Mr Ryan had “very good conversations” with both Mr Trump and Mike Pence, his running mate.

Mr Ryan withdrew his support for Mr Trump last month after the emergence of a lewd video in which the billionaire discussed sexually assaulting women.

Paul Ryan formally declares Donald Trump the winner of the Republican presidential nominationPlay!01:05

 
 

6:19am

Republicans retain control of the Senate

Republicans have retained control of the Senate on what is shaping up to be a great night for them with victory in Pennsylvania.

6:15am

Two two tweets that defined US election night

 

6:09am

Donald Trump: the 22 wildest moments of his 2016 presidential election campaign

From banning all Muslims from America to building a wall along the Mexican border (who’s gonna pay for that wall?) – Donald Trump’s campaign for the US presidency has provided shocking, amusing and controversial moments aplenty.

Donald Trump’s most outrageous quotesPlay!02:25

 

6:06am

Will a President Trump affect Muslim visitors to the US?

Dianita Sugiyo, 34, a university lecturer in Indonesia – the world’s most populous Muslim country – said she was particularly concerned by Mr Trump’s calls to temporarily ban from Muslims from countries with a history of terror ties.

“As a Muslim I feel very uncomfortable if Trump wins. He has always been anti-Muslim and I am afraid he will discriminate against Muslims,” said Sugiyo, a member of a leading Indonesian moderate Muslim organisation.

“The United States is a multicultural country and there are a lot of Muslims there, so this is very terrifying,” she said at a US embassy event in Jakarta.

Donald Trump calls for ‘total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering US’Play!01:46

 
 

6:02am

New Zealand – along with Canada – ‘an emigration option for worried Americans’

As well as Canada, New Zealand is is apparently an option for Americans wanting to emigrate.

New Zealand immigration officials told Reuters on the eve of the vote that New Zealand Now website, which deals with residency and student visas, had received 1,593 registrations from United States citizens since Nov. 1 – more than 50 percent of a typical month’s registrations in just seven days.

Visits to New Zealand Now from the United States were up almost 80 percent to 41,000 from 7 Oct to 7 November, compared to the same period last year.

Rod Drury, the chief executive of NZ-based global accounting software firm Xero, said the statistics matched up with interest his company has been seeing from prospective U.S. national employees concerned about a Trump win.

Drury said what started as a joke was becoming a reality.

“I’ve got lots of messages coming through at the moment asking for a job in New Zealand, and we’re saying ‘yes you can’,” Drury told Reuters by telephone on Wednesday.

“It will be interesting to see whether it translates into real action, it’s an active conversation that moved to getting more serious and we’ll see what will happen in the next month.”

NZ immigration officials declined to comment.

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Sarah Palin: “we’re going rogue… people are going to take back control”

Former Alaskan governor and Republican supporter Sarah Palin compares Donald Trump’s strength in the US election to the Brexit result:

Sarah Palin: “we’re going rogue… people are going to take back control”Play!01:10

 
 

5:38am

Trump’s good behaviour in final fortnight may have been decisive

If Donald Trump wins this, it might be because for the final fortnight of the campaign he did as he was told, Rob Crilly writes.

He shut up and let all the attention focus on his rival. Hillary Clinton was not a good candidate. She may be a fine politician, but she represented all that Mr Trump wants to overturn.

She is a political insider, dogged by questions about whether she can be trusted, whether over her emails or the Clinton Foundation. But every time she was on the back foot, Mr Trump would give her a way out, deflecting attention away from her with one of his own missteps – often an easily avoidable Twitter tirade or public pronouncement.

Until the final couple of weeks that is, when he was reportedly deprived of his phone and reduced to dictating his tweets through aides who could vet their tone and content.

As a result, the last week was dominated by fresh questions about Mrs Clinton’s email server – thanks to FBI Director James Comey’s odd intervention – rather than Mr Trump’s behaviour. Was that the difference in the end?

Trump salutes the American flag
Trump salutes the American flag CREDIT: AP
 

5:23am

Hispanics for Trump supporters celebrate victory in Florida

Harriet Alexander reports from a Trump victory party in Miami:

Inside the Las Vegas Cuban Cuisine, in an industrial estate on the outskirts of Miami, the glee of the Trump supporters cannot be contained.

Aged mainly in their 50s, some are tearful. They are all in Trump t-shirts and baseball caps, waving their Hispanics for Trump banners.

A microphone is being passed around for declarations, mainly in Spanish, about how this is a victory for Cubans, Venezuelans, Colombians and all Latinos. It descends into chants of “Trump, Trump, Trump! USA! USA!”

5:21am

French ambassador to Washington dismayed

Gerard Araud, the French ambassador to Washington and a social media institution, tweeted his dismay at a collapsing world order.

Gerard Araud

 

 

5:20am

Dow futures market plunges more than 800 points

The markets are already reacting to the uncertainty surrounding a Trump Presidency.

The Dow futures market plunged more than 800 points while the Standard and Poors 500 futures market fell more than 5 per cent before midnight.

Bonds rallied as investors moved their money into them.

“Right now, the markets are heading for the hills, but we’ll see,” said Robert Tipp, chief investment strategist, global bonds and foreign exchange at Prudential Fixed Income. “That’s a function of fear as much as fact.”

5:16am

The Trump voters were always out there – now they are being heard

Gareth A Davies, the Telegraph’s boxing correspondent, writes:

I was lucky enough to be amongst the revellers in New York on the night in 2008 when Barack Obama was elected into the White House.

Britain’s brilliant boxer Joe Calzaghe was fighting an American legend Roy Jones Jnr at Madison Square Garden that weekend. The scenes in Greenwich Village and liberal, monied Manhattan were a joy to behold.

Like America had lifted its hood. The parties went on and on. It felt like an epiphany for this great mass of peoples.

I’m on my way from Las Vegas to New York this evening, on a three-week sojourn covering back to back to back prizefights. Las Vegas-New York-Las Vegas. I’ve been a frequent visitor to the United States in the last 25 years, covering fights, over one hundred times, a week at a time, in all places. When I can, I drive.

Each visit has been its own mini story. It’s a wondrous country, but it’s also deeply flawed, and reinvented, like its two presidential candidates. A brilliant 2-hour documentary last night here on the PBS channel profiled both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, and the beautifully edited piece outlined the journeys of their lives, the trials of Mrs Rodham Clinton’s husband vacationing from their marriage, his lies, her carrying it, hellbent on keeping them together to drive her own ambitions, and the position they had worked themselves into at the White House.

And on the other side, Trump’s flawed, ego-driven business desires, leaving a trail of destruction with the conclusion that he was really just a great promoter. I leave Las Vegas shortly and arrive at JFK, New York, early tomorrow morning. I’ve been covering the comeback of another politician last weekend – a boxing one in Manny Pacquiao, a prizefighter who rose from the barangays or shanties from extreme privation and through his popularity in a 20-year career, he has risen to become a senator in The Philippines.

He is pushing through bills on the death penalty for heinous crimes, in a country where the recently-elected President, Rodrigo Duterte, has ordered a search and destroy mission on anyone dealing methamphetamine, addiction to which is rife, particularly in Manila.

There are already claims of many extrajudicial executions. But I was told by many Filipinos this weekend who attended the fight that the fear created has made their country much safer.

It has been compelling watching this divisive electioneering in the USA. So compelling that I’ve consumed every magazine, television show and conversation that could be had. Like Brexit, it has had Americans more engaged than ever. But it has been exhausting because of the lack of love or respect for both candidates.

But what I have found different is that many, many more people – often white, often a little older, or poorer – have been happy to say Trump. On previous trips it was hard to find them. The voters were out there all the time. And they are being heard tonight.

5:06am

Rudi Giuliani: ‘Win Florida and you win the election’

Rudi Giuliani said: “I knew it was turning when I saw the figures coming in from Florida.

“This election was about one state. Win Florida and you win the election.

“Maybe the Clinton chapter is over now. They’ve brought enough disgrace to America, the presidency, and the state department. They corrupted the Justice Department.”

Mr Giuliani refused to comment on whether he would try to prosecute Mrs Clinton over her emails if he becomes Attorney General.

Supporters of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump pose for a photo during the election night event at the New York Hilton Midtown
Supporters of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump pose for a photo during the election night event at the New York Hilton, Midtown CREDIT: GETTY
 

5:02am

Trump on the precipice

There are effectively 42 electoral votes still up for grabs. Donald Trump needs to win just two of them to become president. Here’s how things are looking at the moment:

  • Pennsylvania (20 electoral votes): It’s too close to call in Pennsylvania with 80 per cent of the vote in and Hillary Clinton leading by one per cent. With all the rural votes still to come in, this could easily by a Trump victory
  • Michigan (16 electoral votes): In Michigan it is Trump who leads by one per cent, with two-thirds of the vote in.
  • New Hampshire (4 electoral votes): If Mr Trump can get across the line in tiny New Hampshire, he will become president. He leads by two per cent with 71 per cent in.
  • Maine/Nebraska districts (one vote each): The only states to split their vote by congressional district, Maine and Nebraska have one swing district apiece. If Mrs Clinton sweeps elsewhere and takes neither of them, she loses. One and its a draw, heading to the Republican-controlled House of Representatives. Both and she wins. It’s a narrow path indeed for the former secretary of state.

5:01am

The electorate’s ‘primal scream’

David Axelrod, who was Barack Obama’s chief election strategist, described the election as “a primal scream on behalf of the US electorate against the status quo”.

He told CNN that it was too soon to say that Donald Trump had won or that he was a political genius.

“We don’t know how this is going to turn out… but my operative phrase as a consultant is that you are never as smart as you look when you win and you are never as dumb as you look as you lose,” he said, but added that the Trump campaign had found a message that hit home.

“When you look back now at the things Donald Trump has been doing with his time in terms of where he was campaigning and the hammering away relentlessly at the message of Hillary Clinton and 30 years [in public life], and it has found an audience. That’s what made this race close.

“If you look at rural areas, in county after county he is outperforming Mitt Romney dramatically and she is underperforming President Obama dramatically.”

4:57am

Donald Trump supporters celebrate Ohio victory

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4:51am

Nigel Farage: This result looks ‘bigger than Brexit’

Nigel Farage, the Ukip leader, is delighted by the the increasingly positive results for Mr Trump in the US election.

Mr Farage, who believes that Mr Trump would be a key ally to Britain in the wake of the EU referendum, expressed his delight at the direction of the result:

 

Nigel Farage: this result looks ‘bigger than Brexit’Play!01:17

 
 

4:50am

Clinton supporters predict Armageddon

At Hillary Clinton’s event, supporters are predicting Armageddon and the end of rational enlightenment, writes Ruth Sherlock.

“The enlightenment happened in the 18th century: reason, education, facts!” said Matthew Goreman, a million dollar donor to the Clinton campaign, shaking his head in disbelief.  “It’s embarrassing that we don’t care about this anymore.”

“You guys had Brexit but we have Donald Trump, that’s so much worse,” he said. “I am literally worried about nuclear Armageddon.”

“To watch your country fall apart before your eyes. To have your last bastion of male patriarchy win out. He’s saying it’s OK to hurt people, to use racist slurs.”

“Political correctness isnit being kind to you to your fellow man. This is Orwellian.”

4:45am

Donald Trump supporters celebrate Florida win

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4:40am

Canada’s immigration website crashes

Canada’s official immigration website has crashed after Donald Trump’s unexpected success in the US election.

Application forms on the Canadian government website appeared to fail to load and website users reported extraordinarily long loading times to access basic areas of the site.

It came as there was a huge increase in the number of search hits for “move to Canada,” according to results from Google.

There was also a spike in searches for “the end of the world”: