President-Elect Trump Gives Victory Speech

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Shortly before 2 o’clock this morning, President-Elect Donald Trump gave a victory speech to supporters at the Hilton Midtown in New York City.

President-elect Donald Trump says Hillary Clinton called him to congratulate him on his victory. Trump said that he “congratulated her and her family on a very, very hard-fought campaign.”

He added that “we owe her a major debt of gratitude” for her service.

Before Trump took to the stage, Vice President-elect Mike Pence declared Trump’s victory “a historic night.” Trump’s running mate said “the American people have spoken and the American people have elected their new champion.”

Trump won Wednesday after capturing Wisconsin’s 10 electoral votes, putting him over the 270 threshold needed for victory.

Voters eager to shake up the nation’s political establishment picked the celebrity businessman to become the nation’s 45th president. Trump rode an astonishing wave of support from voters seeking change and willing to accept a candidate loose with facts and accused of sexual misconduct.

It was a big night overall for Republicans, who also retained control of the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House, giving them control of the executive and legislative branches of government.

Clinton never appeared to address supporters who had gathered in New York City. Her campaign chairman John Podesta told the crowd around 1:00 AM CST that with several states still close, they would have nothing more to say.

(Copyright 2016 The Associated Press contributed to this report. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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