Presidential Election: Watch Donald Trump’s victory speech from a historic night in America

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — In a presidential race much closer than expected, Republican nominee Donald Trump won the race for the White House.

As polls closed across the country, Trump took an early and strong lead in electoral votes, winning the crucial states of Florida, Texas and Pennsylvania. Hillary Clinton called Donald Trump to concede the election to him in the late hours of the night, moments before he took the stage at his headquarters in New York. 

Since the start of the 2016 election, Trump was a surprising and combative candidate who managed to surpass all 16 Republican nominees early in the game. According to the Associated Press, his lack of political experience allowed him to cast himself as an agent of change for frustrated voters in both parties. The message was particularly effective against Democrat Hillary Clinton, a fixture in public service over the last three decades.

However, Trump was also a figure of constant controversy as he criticized and insulted members of both parties, public figures and made degrading comments against women, Muslims and immigrants. 

According to AP, early polls suggested he was the least popular presidential nominee in the modern era. Yet the incomplete election results suggested that his aggressive approach worked, both in traditional battlegrounds and areas where Republicans hadn’t won in decades.

According to CNN, Trump and Clinton remained neck-in-neck in popular votes, with Trump sitting at 48.1 percent and Clinton at 47.1 percent.

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The 2016 election concluded with Trump taking the stage in New York as the president-elect. The race was first called for Trump by the Associated Press at approximately 11:30 p.m. PT, with multiple sources indicated Hillary Clinton had called Trump to concede the election to him. 

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