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Donald Trump wins White House in astonishing victory

Donald Trump has been elected the next president of the United States — a remarkable showing by the celebrity businessman and political novice who upended American politics with his bombastic rhetoric.

Trump rode an astonishing wave of support from voters seeking sweeping change and willing to accept a candidate with ill-defined policy and one accused of sexual misconduct.

It was an upset for Democrat Hillary Clinton, who could have become the first woman to serve in the Oval Office.

Trump was written off again and again, repeatedly shocking the political establishment since last year — first by running, then by becoming a contender, winning the nomination and finally by readying to move into the White House.

Trump’s win raises a host of questions for the United States at home and abroad. He campaigned on a pledge to take the country on a more isolationist, protectionist “America First” path.

Both candidates, albeit Trump more than Clinton, had historically low popularity ratings in an election that many voters characterized as a choice between two unpleasant alternatives.

Trump, who at 70 will be the oldest first-term U.S. president, came out on top after a bitter and divisive campaign that focused largely on the character of the candidates and whether they could be trusted to serve as America’s next president.

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A supporter of Donald Trump cheers near the intersection of West 54th Street and Fifth Avenue in New York. (Alex Wroblewski/Reuters)