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Trump elected president of the United States — live coverage

November 08, 2016, 14:00 updated at: November 09, 2016, 12:45 UTC+3

Republican Donald Trump was elected President of the United States in elections on November 8

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On Election Day, November 8, United States citizens cast their ballots and elected their 45th US President, Donald J. Trump. By securing more than the needed 270 electoral votes, Trump, the Republican candidate clinched his presidential victory. The election outcome was a spectacular culmination to a heated Presidential race between the Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton and Republican candidate, Donald Trump. The former First Lady conceded to her rival by phone once the needed votes were in.

US election results in animated graphics


According to the latest reports, Trump gained 290 electoral votes, passing the 270-vote hurdle necessary to clinch the White House. 

Head of Russia's Center for Strategic Research (CSR) and ex-finance minister Alexei Kudrin sees Donald Trump's victory as "continuation of Brexit."

Russia’s Deputy Energy Minister Kirill Molodtsov does not expect the oil market volatility to spike following Donald Trump’s win.

Chief Executive Officer of the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) Kirill Dmitriev believes Trump’s victory will positively impact the Russian and global financial markets.

China is ready to cooperate with the new US administration.

Ukraine is ready to cooperate with Donald Trump if his victory at the US presidential elections is confirmed.

Putin congratulates Donald Trump on his victory.


Russian State Duma speaker Vyacheslav Volodin hopes that a more constructive dialogue with Russia is possible under the new US president.

In his speech, Trump said he was ready to get along with all nations willing to get along with the US.

Trump vows to double economic growth of the US.

Trump confirms receiving a call from Clinton. He says they both congratulated each other. "Hillary has worked and we owe her a major debt for her service to this country."

He calls to work together and unify the country. "I will be president for all Americans," Trump said.

Donald Trump in front of his crowd of supporters. 

Mike Pence is making a speech at the campaign HQ. He thanks the American people for "the opportunity to serve."

<blockquote class="twitter-video" data-lang="en-gb"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Vice President Trump <a href="">@mike_pence</a> addresses the faithful at <a href="">#Trump</a> HQ <a href="">#usavotes</a> <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; ABC News 24 (@ABCNews24) <a href="">9 November 2016</a></blockquote>
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Hillary Clinton has reportedly made a phone call to Donald Trump to admit her defeat.

AP says Donald Trump has been elected president of the United States.

The leader of the A Just Russia party in the State Duma, Sergei Mironov, hopes that Donald Trump’s presidency will turn a new page in Russian-US relations.

"Let’s wait till the final returns. Donald Trump will take office in January. A new life will begin. I do hope that it will be a new page in relations between Russia and the United States," Mironov told the media.

Trump takes Wisconsin.

Republicans have secured a 51-47 edge in the Senate.

Donald Trump is arriving at campaign headquarters to make a speech.

Minnesota and New Hampshire (overall 14 electoral votes) are leaning towards Clinton, while Arizona, Alaska, Wisconsin and Michigan (overall 40 electoral votes) are leaning to Trump.

According to AP, Hillary Clinton has won the statewide vote in Maine securing 218 electoral votes against Trump's 266.

Donald Trump's campaign website has reportedly been hacked. At the moment however it seems to be working fine.

There are six states yet to be counted, with Clinton leading in three of them.

Clinton's campaign chief is making a speech. "We are not going to have anything more to say tonight," John Podesta says. According to him, Hillary Clinton is not ready to admit defeat and calls to wait for the final results.

CBSNews expects Arizona and Wisconsin to lean to Trump. 

The Real Clear Politics polling data aggregator gives Trump 274 electoral votes.

Russian Federation Council member Konstantin Kosachev says he didn't ecpect Donald Trump to win the election.The lawmaker specified that he didn't expect that as Trump was "against the System."

Trumps is projected to take Alaska as well. If that confirms, Trump will secure 267 electoral votes.

Trump takes Pennsylvania, says AP. That gives him 264 of the 270 vites needed for the victory.

French politician Marine Le Pen has congratulated Trump.

Time to remind of our summary of Vladimir Putin's remarks on both the presidential candidates:

Hillary Clinton's supporters are not giving up. Here they are at an impromptu rally outside the White House, chanting 'love trumps hate'.

Both candidates have two variants of speeches. Trump is preparing to make a triumphnat one, though it is expected to be reconciliatory.

If Trump wins in Pennsylvania (48.7%-47.7%) or Michigan (48.3%-46.5%) where he has taken the lead so far, he will grab the 270 electoral votes. But even if Clinton is the winner there, he will still have a path to a triumph through Alaska, Arizona and Maine.

Trump leading in Utah popular vote count with 51.3%. The state represents six electoral votes.

Arizona and Wisconsin are leaning to the Republican candidate.

With 98% in, Donald Trump is up by roughly 50,000 votes in Pennsylvania.

Trump is leading in five of the eight states yet to be counted.

There are eight states to go: PA, MI, WI, MN, AZ, NH, ME and AK

Meanwhile, The Associated Press quotes Donald Trump's campaign manager Kellyanne Conway as saying the mood inside Trump Tower is "buoyant."

Republicans have secured continued House control for the new Congress winning at least 218 seats.

Clinton wins Nevada. It's now her 215 against Trump's 244, according to AP.

The New York Times estimated the chances of Donald Trump winning the presidential race at more than 95%.

According to AP, the Republican candidate secures the battleground state of Iowa. Trump now has 244 electoral votes.

Trump has won Utah representing six electoral votes, says AP.

Trump is projected to win in the US swing state of Iowa, adding six election votes to his tally, Fox News and NBC reported in their forecasts.

The Real Clear Politics polling data aggregator says Donald Trump has grabbed 255 electoral votes out of 270 needed for victory, and Democrat Hillary Clinton has 209 electoral votes. 

Donald Trump leads by a small margin in the battleground state of Wisconsin, according to a Fox News forecast.

With 60% of ballots counted, more than 49% of voters supported Trump, while 45.6% favored his opponent Hillary Clinton.

The winner in Wisconsin gets 10 election vote out of 270 needed to secure the presidential election victory.

<blockquote class="twitter-video" data-lang="en-gb"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Supporter reaction as Trump wins <a href="">#Wisconsin</a> after <a href="">@FoxNews</a> projection <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; Chris Snyder (@ChrisSnyderFox) <a href="">9 November 2016</a></blockquote>
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Donald Trump wins Georgia, CNN reports.

According to Fox News, Donald Trump wins 238 electoral votes, his Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton has 209 votes.

CNN projects Hillary Clinton wins Washington's 12 votes.

Donald Trump is leading in Washington, Arizona, Nevada and Utah, according to the New York Times.

CNN projects Hillary Clinton will win California’s 55 electoral votes.

Donald Trump wins key state of North Carolina, CNN reports.

According to CNN, Hillary Clinton will win California and Hawaii, Donald Trump will take Idaho.

Donald Trump wins Florida, Associated Press reports

With Florida's 29 votes, he now has 197 electoral votes. His Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton has 131 votes.


 CNN projects Hillary Clinton will win the key state of Virginia.

Fox News projects that Donald Trump will win the key battleground state of North Carolina.


Donald Trump wins Ohio after 72% counted, according to the New York Times.

CNN projects Donald Trump wins Ohio.

Donald Trump leads Missouri, Hillary Clinton takes New Mexico, CNN reports.

Trump's family watches the election results.

Republican incumbent John McCain defeats Democrat Ann Kirkpatrick in Ariz. Senate race, Bloomberg reports.

Trump wins Montana, CNN reports.

Donald Trump is leading in Michigan after 17% counted, CNN reports.

CNN reports Donald Trump wins Louisiana.

Donald Trump has secured 140 electoral votes out of 270 needed for victory, and Hillary Clinton has 97 electoral votes, according to the Real Clear Politics polling data.

CNN reports Donald Trump is leading 50.1% in Texas.

According to the New York Times, Trump currently garnered 130 electoral votes out of 270 required to win, while his opponent Hillary Clinton has 97.

Hillary Clinton thanks her team.

Hillary Clinton wins New York, according to CNN.

First results show that Trump is winning 72% of the votes, while Clinton has 22.8% in Kansas, according to the New York Times.

The Republican Party will retain its control of the House of Representatives of the US Congress, according to forecasts by NBC and ABC.

Donald Trump wins Virginia with 49% in.

Pennsylvania goes 'blue' with more than 80% voting for Hillary Clinton.

Flordia sees tightest of margins with both candidates at 48.5% of the votes, after 85% counted.

One dead and at least three others were wounded in shooting near a polling place in Azusa, according to Los Angeles Times.

Donald Trump secures Tennessee, Mississippi, Oklahoma — CNN.

CNN has painted 7 more states blue: District of Columbia, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Delaware, Maryland, Massachussets and even Illinois.

Florida: 50% for Donald Trump, 47% for Hillary Clinton .

Fox News projects Trump wins South Carolina.

Donald Trump wins West Virginia, CNN reports.

Donald Trump wins Georgia, according to NYT.

Florida: 48.4% for Donald Trump, 48.9% for Hillary Clinton  — NYT.

North Carolina extends polls in two counties, amid reports of high turnout in the state.

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are too early to call in a tight race in Virginia, Georgia and South Carolina, CNN reports citing exit poll data and early results.

Polls close in Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, South Carolina, Vermont and Virginia, according to CNN.

Fox News projects Donald Trump win in Kentucky and Indiana, Hillary Clinton in Vermont.

CNN projects Vermont will call Clinton win for 3 electoral votes.

Kentucky and Indiana showing 66% each for Trump after 3% counted — NYT.

New Hampshire: Trump 53%, Clinton 41% — New York Times

CNN reports Kentucky shows 79.1% for Trump, 18% for Clinton after 1% ballots counted 

Indiana, Kentucky, North Carolina and Vermont first in line to count

First polling stations close on US East Coast

The Wall Street Journal reports George W. Bush and his wife Laura didn't vote for either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton.

A spokesman for the former president said they voted two weeks ago and didn't cast a ballot for Clinton or Trump, disputing reports they had voted for Clinton.

Fox News exit polls:


  • 62% bothered by Clinton's email issue
  • 71% bothered by Trump's treatment of women
  • 48% said Clinton would be a better Commander in Chief, 46% for Trump
  • 48% believe Trump would handle the economy better

CNN exit polls:


  • Majorities called the economy their most important issue
  • 54% of voters going to the polls said they approve of the job Barack Obama is doing as President
  • 62% said they made up their mind on their candidate before September
  • About four in 10 said they would be excited or optimistic about a Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump presidency
  • About four in 10 voters said their top priority in a candidate was one who could bring needed change
  • Voters were about evenly split between Clinton and Trump on which candidate would better handle the economy

Republican nominee Donald Trump says he will be watching the election results from Trump Tower

Reuters reports that gun control measures are expected to win in four US states, according to opinion polls.

A court has rejected Donald Trump's request for an immediate order to be issued over concerns about early voting in Nevada, Reuters reports

Radio host Rush Limbaugh says the United States’ former president, George W. Bush, and his wife Laura Bush have cast their votes for Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.

"I'm told that George W. Bush and Laura Bush voted for Hillary Clinton today," he said on his program.

The OSCE observer mission at the US election has deprived one of its members of the observer status. It has been confirmed by OSCE Parliamentary Assembly representative Andreas Baker.

Bernie Sanders has voted for Clinton:

A screenshot from a news report showing Donald Trump looking over his wife's shoulder while she's voting has gone viral on the web. 

Another female leader, German Chacellor Angela Merkel, said that in case of Clinton's victory "we would come a bit closer to a balance of women and men in leading positions."

Norway's Prime Minister Erna Solberg believes that Hillary Clinton's victory would inspire young women that would be able to see that politics is not only for men.

Donald Trump has reportedly spent $66 mln on his election campaign, thus breaking his promise to spend $100 million, says NBC citing the US federal election commission's data.

Donald Trump is not yet ready to say whether he will definitively accept the result of the voting in the November 8 presidential election in the US, he told Newsradio 610 WTVN.

NBC says a record number of 46.3 million early-voters was registered in this year's election. 

 A Russian Army shop located in front of the US embassy in Moscow offers a five-percent discount to U.S. citizens and officers of the US embassy on November 8 and 9.

Donald Trump's son Eric posted a photo of his marked ballot. Although he soon deleted the tweet, his followers noted that by sharing ballot photos he had violated election law in New York state.

Donald Trump has also called on Americans to go to vote:

<blockquote class="twitter-video" data-lang="en-gb"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">VOTE TODAY! Go to <a href=""></a> to find your polling location. We are going to Make America Great Again! <a href="">#VoteTrump</a> <a href="">#ElectionDay</a> <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) <a href="">8 November 2016</a></blockquote>
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Reuters and Ipsos expect turnout to stand at around 60 percent. That would be the highest turnout since the US election in 1968.

Slate internet edition says Clinton leads in their estimates on early-vote count in Florida, Iowa, Nevada, Ohio, Colorado and Wisconsin. Trump is ahead in Pennsylvania. The esimates are however not based on the final early-vote results. 

Barack Obama has called on US citizens to take part in the election and vote, as well as to make sure one's friends and family also go vote. Obama has more than 11 million Twitter followers.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en-gb"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Today, progress is on the ballot. Go vote - then make sure your friends, your family, and everyone you know votes too.</p>&mdash; President Obama (@POTUS) <a href="">8 November 2016</a></blockquote>
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Russia's Minister of Economic Development believes the US election results are unlikely to tell on the volatility of Russia’s national currency.

TASS has pieced together most of the Russian president’s remarks about the US election race finalists:

Technical issues created problems on some voting stations, says AP. As a result, long lines were reported in three precincts in Virginia, while election officials at some precincts in Durham County, North Carolina, were using paper roll books due to machine problems.

AP says WikiLeaks chief Julian Assange denies he was trying to influence the US presidential election when his organization published hacked emails from Hillary Clinton's campaign.

Leader of the UK Independence Party Nigel Farrage has expressed support for Donald Trump:

According to CNN, Donald Trump has cast his vote at a ballot station in New York.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en-gb"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">JUST IN: Donald Trump arrives at polling place to cast his vote <a href=""></a> <a href="">#ElectionDay</a> <a href="">#CNNElection</a> <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; CNN (@CNN) <a href="">8 November 2016</a></blockquote>
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Americans living in Russian regions have voted in advance at the US presidential elections, sending ballot papers by post.

Journalists accompanying the current US president have reported that Barack Obama honored his election day ritual and played basketball with his friends.

Poland's Prime Minister Beata Szydlo is confident the results of the US election won't affect the partnership of the two countries.

The Republican presidential candidate’s son Donald Trump Jr. believes his father will concede if he loses the election, unless he decides the election wasn’t fair.

The international Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights mission comprises around 320 election observers from 43 countries, with no Russians among them, says the mission's spokesman Thomas Rymer.

Trumps campaign office says Donald Trump is ahead in Pennsylvania

Two women arrested for topless protest against Trump at one of New York's polling stations

FiveThirtyEight blog, awarded  "Webbies" for "Best Political Blog" in 2012 and 2013, gives Clinton a 72% chance to win the presidency:

A look back on Vladimir Putin’s relations with three US presidents:

RT Editor-in-Chief Margarita Simonyan:

Some of the major news media have temporarily taken down their paywalls to cover the election, The New York Times and The Washington Post being among them.

 Current Vice President Joe Biden has cast his vote in Delaware.

Fox News reported Monday that Donald Trump was ranking higher than Hillary Clinton in Google searches. Trump was dominating search in 38 states, including the battleground states of Florida and Michigan.

Hillary Clinton has voted in New York, says CNN. Clinton cast her ballot at a polling place close to her home in Chappaqua, NY, accompanied by her husband Bill Clinton.



Sergei Ryabkov says the Russian side needs no additional warnings on its observers not being allowed to attend the ballot stations, especially "in a menacing manner".

Here is a selection of how animals predicted the outcome of US presidential election.

Russian lawmaker Sergei Mironov believes it doesn't matter to Moscow who will be the new US president:

"Between the two evils it is not worth choosing - this is exactly the case," Mironov stressed.

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov believes Moscow decided not to join the observer mission of the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) as in its reports the organization often ignores the Russian delegates' opinion.

Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov says it's not yet clear how Vladimir Putin will greet the US president-elect.

According to NBC, Donald Trump’s campaign manager Kellyanne Conway has refuted reports of the candidate not being allowed to tweet on his Twitter account.

Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova on Monday said FBI exerted direct pressure on Russian diplomats to bar them from approaching polling stations at the presidential elections.

The Russian Foreign Ministry earlier sent a note to the US Embassy in Moscow over restricted access for Russian diplomats to US polling stations.

Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the Kremlin considered the US presidential polls an important event and was following the presidential election, as well as other international developments.


 According to Bloomberg, as many as 50 million out of the 226 million Americans eligible to vote for president have already cast their ballots.


 The first ballot stations have opened in the US. 

As the Massachusetts Election Council spokesman told TASS, voting in small communities on the Atlantic coast began at 5:45 am local time (13:45 Moscow time). Maine’s Secretary of State spokesperson said that in communities with fewer than 500 inhabitants, voting would start between 6:00 am local time (14:00 Moscow time) and 10:00 am local time (18:00 Moscow time) while in larger towns, polling stations would open between 6:00 and 8:00 am.

However, the voting had already got underway in the small town of Dixville Notch in northern New Hampshire where Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton won the midnight vote, with four people casting their votes for her. Two others voted for Republican Donald Trump and one for Chairman of the Libertarian Party and former New Mexico Governor, Gary Johnson. Besides, one person voted for Mitt Romney, who is not running in the current presidential race. US law allows citizens to vote for politicians who in reality are not contending for the presidency.

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