Donald J. Trump will become the 45th president of the United States and its commander-in-chief, a stunning achievement for a complete novice to governing whose campaign was written off by the nation’s political class.
He defeated Hillary Clinton, the first female presidential nominee of a major party and a former first lady, senator from New York and secretary of state, to win at least 289 electoral college votes. She nevertheless won the popular vote by roughly 200,000 ballots nationwide.
Trump’s election may be the greatest political upset of the modern era, after the Republican nominee trailed national and state-by-state polls for over 100 consecutive days. The New York real estate tycoon and reality television star is the first president-elect without any experience in public service, either in politics or in the military.