Republican nominee Donald Trump was declared the 45th President of the United States Wednesday morning, winning the electoral vote.
Trump reached the goal of 270 electoral votes at 1:31 a.m. CT when the state of Pennsylvania’s votes were counted in favor of the former reality TV star. Trump also won Ohio, North Carolina and Florida — major swing states in the election.
Trump will be the first president with no political, diplomatic or military executive experience, according to CNN. At age 70, Trump will be the oldest president ever sworn in.
Along with Trump’s victory in the White House, Republicans gained control of the House of Representatives and the Senate. This is the first Republican sweep since 2005-2006.
Trump’s victory will also place his wife, Melania Trump, in the White House as the First Lady of the United States, and Mike Pence as the Vice President.
“This is a historic night,” Pence said. “The American people have spoken and the American people have elected a new champion.”
Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton declined to appear in front of her supporters Wednesday morning. Clinton’s campaign chairman John Podesta appeared before the New York crowd telling them to “head home.”
“They’re still counting votes and every vote should count,” Podesta said.
Clinton called Trump following the announcement of the election results to congratulate Trump on his victory.
“Secretary Clinton called to congratulate us, and I congratulated her on her hard work,” Trump said. “We owe her a very major debt of gratitude to her for her service to our country.”
This is the second failed attempt for Clinton to become the first female president of the United States — the first in 2008 when Barack Obama defeated her in the Democratic primary race.
Trump’s victory speech included mentions of his promise to unify the nation, put more Americans at work and to create “the strongest economic plan in the world”.
“I say it is time for us to come together as one united people,” Trump said. “I pledge to every citizen of our land to be the president for all Americans. Now it’s time for America to bind the wounds of division and get together.
“I’ve spent my entire life in business…that is now what I want to do for our country. Every single American will have the opportunity to realize his or her potential. The forgotten people of our country will be forgotten no longer.”
Trump will be sworn in as president Jan. 20 in Washington, D.C.