Donald Trump Wins 2016 Presidential Election

Trump will be sworn in as the 45th president of the United States on January 20, 2017.

After one of the most contentious elections in modern history, Republican candidate Donald Trump has been declared the winner of the 2016 presidential race.

WILMINGTON, NC - AUGUST 9:  Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump addresses the audience during a campaign event at Trask Coliseum on August 9, 2016 in Wilmington, North Carolina. This was TrumpÕs first visit to Southeastern North Carolina since he entered the presidential race. (Photo by Sara D. Davis/Getty Images)
Sara D. Davis/Getty Images

After a long and anxious evening, the AP and The New York Times both called the election for Trump at around 2:30am ET when he took Wisconsin, after already winning in Florida, North Carolina and Pennsylvania.

The total electoral vote was 279 to 218, Trump over Clinton.

“Now it’s time for America to bind the wounds of division,” Trump said in his victory speech. “To all Republicans and Democrats and independents across this nation, I say it is time for us to come together as one united people… I pledge to every citizen of our land that I will be president for all Americans, and this is so important to me. For those who have chosen not to support me in the past, of which there were a few people, I’m reaching out to you for your guidance and your help so that we can work together and unify our great country.”

In a tweet this morning, he added “The forgotten man and woman will never be forgotten again. We will all come together as never before.”

United States presidential election day 2016, message Vote, patriotic background

The real estate magnate-turned-reality TV star campaigned on “making America great again” by building a wall at the Mexican border and deporting massive numbers of immigrants.

Conservatives, though, see a chance to seed the Supreme Court and undo many of the advances of the Obama administration, including marriage equality.

UNITED STATES - SEPTEMBER 22: The facade of the United States Supreme Court building as seen on on Sept. 22, 2016. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
Bill Clark/CQ Roll

“This is a crucial moment for our nation and for the LGBTQ movement,” said HRC president Chad Griffin in a statement. “The election of a man who stands opposed to our most fundamental values has left us all stunned. There will be time to analyze the results of this election, but we cannot afford to dwell. We must meet these challenges head on.”

“Over the last 18 months, Donald Trump and Mike Pence have intentionally sowed fear and division for cynical political purposes,” he added. “They now face a decision about whether they will also govern that way. We hope, for the sake of our nation and our diverse community — which includes women, people of color, those with disabilities, immigrants, and people of all faiths and traditions — they will choose a different path.

Dan Avery is a writer-editor who focuses on culture, breaking news and LGBT rights. His work has appeared in Newsweek, The New York Times, Time Out New York, The Advocate and elsewhere.