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Donald Trump Elected 45th US President

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President-elect Donald Trump is telling the American people that "I promise you I will not let you down." Trump, addressing supporters at his victory party in New York City early Wednesday, says he looks "very much forward to being your president."

He tells his supporters he hopes to make them "very proud" for choosing him to be the nation's 45th president.

And the celebrity businessman vows to "get to work immediately for the American people" and says his "movement" was just beginning.

Trump is exiting the party to one of his campaign anthems, The Rolling Stones' "You Can't Always Get What You Want."

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3:08 a.m.

President-elect Donald Trump is trying to reassure jittery U.S. allies.

Trump ran on a platform of pulling back from historic treaties like NATO. But in his victory speech Wednesday morning Trump is trying to reassure foreign countries.

He says, "I want to tell the world that, while we will always put America's interests first, we will deal fairly with everyone."

Russian President Vladimir Putin is giving a thumbs-up to president-elect Donald Trump's victory.

In a brief statement Wednesday, the Kremlin said Putin has sent Trump a telegram to congratulate him on winning. Putin expressed "his hope to work together for removing Russian-American relations from their crisis state."

Putin also says he has confidence that building a constructive dialogue between Moscow and Washington — one based on principles of equality, mutual respect and a real accounting each other's positions — is in the interest of both nations and the world.

Trump has drawn criticism for repeatedly praising Putin's leadership and advocating a closer working relationship with Russia despite its record of human rights abuses and recent military incursions in Ukraine and Syria.

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3:06 a.m.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is congratulating President-elect Donald Trump on his victory after he condemned statements and actions by Trump during the campaign.

McConnell is pitching Trump's victory as an opportunity to move in a different direction after eight years under Democrat Barack Obama. He says Trump has "a significant opportunity to bring our nation together."

McConnell also says he hopes to work closely with Democrats to strengthen national and economic security.

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3:05 a.m.

House Speaker Paul Ryan has called President-elect Donald Trump to congratulate him on his victory.

Ryan, who criticized Trump during the campaign, is likely to face some opposition among Republicans in his bid to retain his leadership post.

Ryan issued a statement early Wednesday calling Trump's victory a "repudiation of the status quo of failed liberal progressive policies."

He says he is eager to work with the new administration to advance the Republican agenda.

First, he urges the GOP to work to bring the country together after the divisive election.

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2:55 a.m.

Donald Trump has pledged to be a president "for all Americans."

The president-elect, addressing supporters at his victory party in New York City, asked that the nation to come together, and promised to "represent every citizen of our land."

He added that it was "time for America to bind the wounds of division" and "time for us to come together as one."

He also declared his administration will be a time of "national growth and renewal."

Trump said "America will no longer settle for anything but the best" and said that the nation will "dream big and bold and daring."

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2:50 a.m.

President-elect Donald Trump says Hillary Clinton called him to congratulate him on his victory.

Trump, addressing supporters at his victory party in New York City, said Wednesday 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.

The gracious sentiment was a far cry from Trump's usually heated rhetoric about Clinton. He has suggested that she should go to jail and chants of "Lock her up!" were a staple at his campaign rallies.

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2:45 a.m.

Vice President-elect Mike Pence is declaring Donald Trump's victory "a historic night."

Pence, Indiana's governor, addressed Trump's victory party in New York City early Wednesday.

Trump's running mate said "the American people have spoken and the American people have elected their new champion."

2:29 a.m.

Donald Trump has been elected president of the United States.

The Republican nominee won Wednesday after capturing Wisconsin's 10 electoral votes, putting him over the 270 threshold.

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.

He upset Democrat Hillary Clinton, who would have become the first woman to serve in the Oval Office.

Trump struck a populist tone and placed a hardline immigration stance at his campaign's heart.

Trump rose to political fame after questioning whether President Barack Obama was born in the United States. He will now follow Obama into the White House.

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2:22 a.m.

Donald Trump has arrived at his election night headquarters after winning the state of Pennsylvania.

Trump's motorcade traveled from nearby Trump Tower to the midtown hotel where thousands of his supporters and hundreds of reporters are gathered.

Trump is expected to address the crowd.

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2:08 a.m.

Republicans have officially retained control of the U.S. Senate.

It comes as Missouri Republican Roy Blunt and Alaska's Lisa Murkowski won their two races in Tuesday's election.

Republicans have a 51-47 edge in the Senate. Two races remain outstanding: In Louisiana, the seat will head to a runoff election next month. And in New Hampshire, Democrat Maggie Hassan and Republican Kelly Ayotte are locked in a too-close-to-call race.

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