As Tuesday became Wednesday, Republican Donald Trump was elected president of the United States after defeating Democrat Hillary Clinton in a historic election.
The Republican nominee won Wednesday after capturing Wisconsin’s 10 electoral votes, putting him over the 270 threshold. Trump also secured major wins in key battlegrounds of Pennsylvania, Florida, Ohio and North Carolina.
Here are the latest developments:
Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton scored early victories in states they were expected to win, with Trump taking Indiana, Kentucky and West Virginia and Clinton sweeping several states on the East Coast and Illinois in the Midwest.
Early Wednesday morning, Clinton won the statewide vote in Maine giving her three electoral votes. Trump won one district in the state and wins one electoral vote.
Clinton campaign chair tells supporters to head home
Clinton’s campaign chair John Podesta said her campaign will have nothing to say tonight about the state of the race with the election still too close to call.
“It’s been a long night, and it’s been a long campaign but I can say ‘we can wait a little longer can’t we?’” Podesta told supporters at Clinton headquarters in New York. “They are still counting votes, and every vote should count.”
“Everybody should head home and get some sleep. We’ll have more to say tomorrow,” he said.
Markets nosedive on Trump victory potential
The uncertainty sent Dow futures and Asian markets tumbling, reflecting investor concern over what a Trump presidency might mean for the economy and trade.
Dow futures were down 3.7 percent or 679 points at 17,612.00 and S&P futures had dropped 4.4 percent to 2,041.70. The Nikkei 225 stock index closed 5.4 percent lower, recouping some losses, at 16,251.54. Elsewhere in Asia, Hong Kong’s Hang Seng slumped 2.7 percent to 22,294.38 and South Korea’s Kospi shed 2.4 percent to 1,955.11.
Bush and other Republicans don’t vote Trump
High-profile members of the Republican party have come out publicly to say they did not vote for Donald Trump.
A spokesman for George W. Bush says the former president did not vote for Trump or Democrat Hillary Clinton. Freddy Ford said Bush voted “none of the above for president and Republican down-ballot.”