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Donald Trump trumps Clinton

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Donald Trump will become the 45th US president after a stunning victory over Democrat Hillary Clinton.

The Republican nominee defied pre-election polling to claim swing states, winning the key battlegrounds of Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania.

He told cheering supporters that Americans must now unite and “bind the wounds of division”, after a gruelling, acrimonious campaign.

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Global markets fell sharply at the news but later recovered somewhat.

Outgoing President Barack Obama has congratulated Trump and has invited him to a meeting at the White House on Thursday to discuss the transition.

Around the world, leaders and the media have been reacting to America’s election upset.

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Germany’s Foreign Minister said the outcome would make things “more difficult’, with US foreign policy “less predictable”.

Russian President Vladimir Putin – for whom Trump has voiced support but who Democrats accused of election meddling – said he hoped ties could improve from their current “critical condition”.

The European Union said close cooperation with the US was the only way to deal with “unprecedented challenges” around the world.

As poll counting went late into the night, it was Trump’s shock victory in Wisconsin that put him over the 270 out of 538 electoral college votes needed to win the White House.

Minutes after Clinton called him to concede, the US president-elect took to the stage with his family at his victory rally in a New York hotel ballroom and paid tribute to his rival.

“Hillary has worked very long and very hard over a long period of time, and we owe her a major debt of gratitude for her service to our country.”

He called for Americans to “come together as one united people” and pledged to be president “for all Americans”, after a campaign that saw him hit out at Muslims, Hispanics and other minority groups.

The real estate tycoon, former reality TV star and political newcomer, who was universally ridiculed when he declared his candidacy in June last year, said the work of his “great movement” was just beginning.

“It’s a movement comprised of Americans from all races, religions, backgrounds and beliefs, who want and expect our government to serve the people.”

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