Donald Trump will become the 45th United States (U.S) President after a stunning victory over Democrat Hillary Clinton.
Clinton won popular votes but Trump claimed the vital Electoral College
Clinton amassed 59,299,381 votes nationally as against Trump’s 59,135,740.
The counted votes so far have a margin of 163,641 votes, putting Clinton on track to become the fifth U.S. presidential candidate to win the popular vote but lose the election, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
Neither Clinton nor Trump got more than 50 per cent of the votes but as of 10am (American time) or 4pm (Nigeria), Clinton stood at 47.7 per cent and Trump at 47.5 per cent.
However, Trump crossed the 270 Electoral College vote threshold at 2:31 a.m. (8:31 p.m. Nigerian time) with a victory in Wisconsin.
He had gathered at least 289 Electoral College ballots to Secretary Clinton’s 218.
Votes were still being counted across the country, but it appeared Clinton could win the popular vote. President-elect Trump wins the Electoral College and the White House.
At 5 a.m. on the West Coast, the Associated Press showed Clinton with 59.16 million votes nationally, compared to Trump’s 59 million votes.
If the trend remained as the remaining precincts (polling stations) report their ballots, it would repeat the 2000 results, where Democrat Al Gore narrowly won the popular vote, but George W. Bush won the Electoral College.
Bush received about 500,000 fewer votes than Al Gore in Year 2000 but still won the election.
Other states with outstanding precincts included Alaska, Arizona, Oregon, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire and Washington.
It will take time for the exact numbers to be counted, but the New York Times projects Trump to lose the popular vote by about 1.3 percentage points.
However, Trump is most likely to rack up 306 electoral voters, making up 14 per cent more than Clinton’s.
It is reported that this is only the fourth time in American history that someone has won the Electoral College, but lost the popular vote.
John Quincy Adams also lost the popular vote in 1824, but since none of the four candidates received 50 per cent of the electoral vote, the House of Representatives decided who would be president.
Only one president-elect has lost the popular vote by a wider margin than Trump.
In 1876, Rutherford Hayes won a controversial election that took months to settle, even though he lost the popular vote to Samuel Tilden by three percentage points.
A former senior advisor and friend to Hillary Clinton said she lost the election because of a global phenomenon.
Lissa Muscatine also told The World at One that she would not “dismiss the role of our FBI director” and his investigation into Clinton’s emails.
In his acceptance speech, Trump promised to be The President of all.
Clinton, in her very moving concession speech, said she hoped Tump would be a successful president.