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A yuuuge win

The Donald had one hell of an Election Day!

So, there it is. What began more than 500 days ago is now done.

Donald Trump's bid for the White House has reached its endgame.


Rise and shine

Appropriately, Trump began Election Day with a tweet*:

(* OK, we have no clue whether or not Trump is really the one behind his tweets anymore. But we're gonna go ahead and play the game assuming it's him.)

Trump was expected to split time between his Trump Tower home and the New York Hilton Midtown (a few blocks away). That's where his victory party was planned.


Hitting the polls

The New York Times reported that Trump seemed in good spirits as he arrived with wife Melania at a polling place in the Upper East Side of Manhattan just before 11 a.m.

The crowd outside wasn't as receptive as the billionaire is used to:

Yep, those are boos — the crowd is not chanting "Heeeeeeaaath!"

Inside, the cameras were rolling as Trump cast his ballot.

However, when he snuck a peek at Melania's screen, Twitter got an early treat.


And then there's Eric

Trump's second son Eric kinda got a bit overzealous with his voting and tweeted out his ballot. Uh, that would be a no-no, Eric. While he deleted the tweet, The Verge was able to screengrab it for everyone.

In New York, selfies of your ballot are illegal, although only a misdemeanor. An 1890 New York law bans voters from showing marked election ballots to others. A federal judge ruled last week that the law applies to social media posts. Reps for Eric Trump and the New York City Board of Elections did not immediately respond to calls seeking comment.

BTW, ballot pics are legal in Pennsylvania, but only after you go outside of the polling place.


Lookin' good

Meanwhile, his brother, Donald Jr., was keeping a close eye on those nice enough to cast a ballot for his father, retweeting:

Trump headed up to his office in Trump Tower to do some busy work, and to tweet out a message to voters:


Can't let 'em slide

From there, Trump rekindled his unsubstantiated concerns about a rigged election system. Asked Tuesday afternoon on Fox News if he would accept the election results, Trump continued to demur.

Issues with voting were being reported in several spots across the country.

ABC News reported that Election Protection, a non-partisan voter protection coalition, held a press conference in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday morning to report an increase in hotline calls about voter intimidation and harassment.

The group said about 80,000 voters have contacted them so far; they expect a total of about 175,000 by the end of the day.

Trump was on the voter issues like white on rice:


Bracing for impact

With an election this volatile, you have to always be prepared. To that end, protection showed up around Trump Tower in Manhattan.


Settling in for the results

Trump figured he would retreat to his lair to view the proceedings:


Somewhere after 6 p.m., Trump's Twitter feed got rather quiet, but his director of social media, Dan Scavino, happily reported the first results of the night.


Take the cake

And these bakers decided to get a head with this crazy-ass cake for a Trump victory:


Junior Pitchman

Donald Jr. took to Trump Tower Live to urge voters across the country to make sure they head to the polls:


A night's entertainment

Who doesn't love a serenading mariachi band:


The War Room

Tweets emerged from Trump's nerve center at Trump Tower:


Sensing the victory

As the night moved on, tensions at the Trump camp eased — as can be seen as Mike Pence and Eric Trump share a happy moment:

Even David Duke was feeling the joy of having a President Trump:

And Little Havana was popping the bubbly:


Prepping for The Speech


The moment he's been planning for

With a phone call, it happened:


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He's Hired

Trump elected 45th president in historic upset

The fight for the White House has been flipped on its head.

Poll after poll before Election Day predicted Democrat Hillary Clinton as the next U.S. president. They were wrong.

Donald Trump has been elected the 45th president of the United States.

"It is time for us to come together as one united people. It's time. I pledge to every citizen of our land that I will be president for all Americans. And this is so important to me," he said to a crowd of supporters during his victory speech in New York at about 3 a.m. Wednesday.

He spoke of plans for doubled growth, urban renewal, improved infrastructure and caring for veterans during the speech.

President-elect Donald Trump shakes hands with Vice President-elect Mike Pence as he gives his acceptance speech at a rally in New York on Wednesday.(JOHN LOCHER/ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Clinton got more of the popular vote than Trump -- 59,384,720 versus 59,211,893 -- but the Republican garnered more Electoral College votes.

Trump claimed 276 electoral votes, while Clinton won 218.

To win the White House, 270 electoral votes were needed.

Clinton wasn't ready to publicly concede early Wednesday morning, when her path to victory looked extremely slim. Instead, her campaign chairman, John Podesto, told supporters gathered at the Javits Center in New York that the campaign would wait until more votes were counted before making any announcements because some states were too close to call.

At about 2:45 a.m., however, Clinton called Trump to concede and congratulate him, CNN reported.

A bunch of people were caught off guard as the possibility of an upset neared Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning.


The numbers crunchers were forced readjust their projections, too. On Monday, economist Nate Silver's FiveThirtyEight website had projected that Trump had a 32 percent chance of winning. By Tuesday night, that number had been bumped to 77 percent.

Trump captured crucial victories over Clinton on Tuesday night in Florida and Ohio, showing remarkable strength in two of the nation's most fiercely fought battleground states in an unexpectedly tight race for the presidency, the Associated Press reported.

At 1:30 a.m. Wednesday, the New York Times declared Trump had won another battleground state, Pennsylvania.

Clinton carried Virginia, Colorado and other highly coveted states. The Democrat's campaign had expected easy victories there, but the states took on new urgency as her Republican challenger picked up votes elsewhere.

As of about 1:30 a.m. Wednesday, Trump had won the popular vote in 25 states, while Clinton had won 18.

The 45th president will inherit an anxious nation, deeply divided by economic and educational opportunities, race and culture. The economy has rebounded from the depths of recession, though many Americans have yet to benefit. New terror threats from home and abroad have raised security fears.

Several media outlets, including ABC News and NBC News, are live streaming election night coverage.


To help voters keep up with which states are going blue versus red -- and perhaps lighten the mood with some childhood nostalgia -- Mashable has provided an Election Night Lite Brite webpage.

Nearly 100 million people were expected to cast votes across the country Tuesday, ABC News reported.

Polls closed as early as 7 p.m. in some states.

Both Clinton and Trump planned to hold victory parties Tuesday in New York City, about 20 blocks apart, but those plans likely changed for over the course of the night.

Trump's team has unveiled an official cake.

Support for Trump also trickled down to Republicans in other races. The GOP held on to control of the U.S. House and and Senate.

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holding her breath

Hillary held out hope until the very end

We're still waiting for an answer, and it's increasingly feeling like 2000.

Here's what Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton's day looked like.

Casting their ballots

Accompanied by her husband, Clinton voted at Douglas G. Grafflin Elementary School in her home of Chappaqua, N.Y., about 8 a.m. She didn't arrive home from a star-studded rally in Philadelphia until after 3 a.m., according to Daily Mail.



"It's a humbling feeling," Clinton told reporters as she shook hands with supporters outside the polling location, according to The New York Times. "I know how much responsibility goes with this, so many people are counting on the outcome of this election and what it means for our country."

She said she thought of her late mother, Dorothy Rodham, who was born on the day Congress approved women's right to vote.

Clinton's running mate, Tim Kaine, arrived at the polls at 5:50 a.m., but he found himself second in line.

Some of Clinton's other surrogates also cast their votes early in the day.


Seeing a suffragette

"Pantsuit Nation" — named for Clinton's favorite attire, of course — flocked to the gravesite of supreme suffragette Susan B. Anthony in Rochester, N.Y., throughout the day Tuesday, covering her tombstone with "I Voted" stickers.

"I'm voting for the first woman president. As a woman, I can vote because of the sacrifices she made," Gillian Paris of Brighton, N.Y., told USA Today as she affixed her sticker to Anthony's marker about 7 a.m. She said it was her first visit to Anthony's grave, which made the occasion "a little more special."


Heading to the Big Apple

Around 5 p.m., the Clinton motorcade left Chappaqua for the nearly 40-mile trip to New York City, where she'll have her election night party about a mile from where GOP opponent Donald Trump will have his.

Trump will be at the Midtown Hilton Hotel, across the street from the Museum of Modern Art, and just a few blocks from his home in Trump Tower, Vox reports.

Clinton will be at the Javits Center on the west side of Manhattan, which has hosted several large events over the years, including New York Comic Con and the 2005 NFL Draft. The Javits Center has a literal glass ceiling. We're guessing that was key in Clinton selecting it as her venue.

It's the first time in 72 years that the major party nominees are from the same state. In 1944, Franklin D. Roosevelt defeated fellow New Yorker Thomas Dewey.



Results trickle in

The first polls closed at 6 p.m., in Indiana and Kentucky.

Trump won both states, CNN reports. Indiana is the home of his running mate, Gov. Mike Pence.

All eyes are on battleground states Florida and New Hampshire, where polls closed at 7 p.m. Should Trump lose Florida, his path to the presidency becomes much tougher.

Uh, does Bernie Sanders know something we don't?


Some levity while we wait


Trump starts to surge


It's official

The beginning of the end came at 1:36 a.m.

Hillary aide John Podesta traveled to the Javits Center to tell her supporters that she wouldn't be speaking until later today.

Clinton called Trump before 3 a.m. to concede, according to reports.


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