Donald Trump was elected as the 45th president of the United States Nov. 8, defeating Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton in a surprise outcome that defied earlier predictions that Clinton would secure a win.
As the electoral votes came in, Trump secured an early lead after winning Florida, a notorious battleground state, and remained ahead as he also won Ohio and Iowa. All three states were ones that Mitt Romney had lost in 2012.
Trump was considered the winner just after 3 a.m. EST and declared his victory to the media. He confirmed that Clinton had officially called to concede the presidency and offered her congratulations.
“Hillary has worked very long and very hard over a long period of time,” said Trump in his victory speech. “We owe her a major debt of gratitude for her service to our country.”
The sentiment was rare for Trump, who had often insulted Clinton throughout his campaign. Trump continued his speech with more positive words, calling for unity from the people of America.
“Now it’s time for America to bind the wounds of division,” Trump said. “To all Republicans and Democrats and independents across this nation, I say it is time for us to come together as one united people.”
Trump also thanked his many supporters and promised to get to work immediately for the American people.
Trump’s victory was not the only one for the Republican party, as Republicans won the majority of both the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives.
In Clinton’s concession speech, she also thanked her supporters and urged them to accept Trump as their president.
“We owe him an open mind and a chance to lead,” Clinton said, though she described her loss as painful.
Trump is set to take the oath of office Friday, Jan. 20.