US Election 2016: Republicans sweep White House, Congress

Republicans swept control of Washington Tuesday, as Donald Trump was elected President and his party took majority control over both houses of Congress.

Trump’s election defied polling that Hillary Clinton had a modest edge and has left much of the world in disbelief. Clinton conceded the race in an address Wednesday morning.

“We must accept this result and look forward to the future. Donald Trump is going to be our president. We owe him an open mind and the chance to lead.”

-Hillary Clinton, Democratic presidential nominee

In his victory speech at the Hilton New York Wednesday, Trump appeared intent on beginning the process of healing the nation after a divisive campaign.

“The forgotten men and women of our country will be forgotten no longer. Now it’s time for America to bind the wounds of division. It is time for us to come together as one united people.”

-Donald Trump, U.S. President-elect

President Obama has invited Trump to the White House to discuss the country’s transition plan Thursday.

“We are all rooting for his success in uniting and leading the country. The peaceful transfer of power is one of the hallmarks of our democracy. And over the next few months we are going to show that to the world.”

-Barack Obama, in an address to the nation at the White House Rose Garden Wednesday

House Speaker Paul Ryan spoke with Trump “twice in the last 18 hours” and pledged that he will “lead a unified Republican government.”

“We talked about the work ahead of us, and the importance of bringing the nation together. This needs to be a time of redemption, not a time of recrimination.”

  • Paul Ryan, Speaker of the House

The Pentagon has also confirmed that Trump will be receiving the same classified intelligence briefings as President Obama. Defense Secretary Ash Carter declared his commitment to an orderly transition of power.

Trump won in key battlegrounds like Florida, North Carolina, Ohio, and Pennsylvania and set financial markets and international allies in jitters. Stocks were down around the world, with Japan’s Nikkei and the U.S.’  Dow Jones average falling over 700 points overnight. The Mexican peso went down to record lows, and the U.S. dollar fell as well.

In the Senate, Republicans retained control – losing only one seat in Illinois early in the evening. Republican Senator Richard Burr of North Carolina easily won re-election in a race that was among the country’s most competitive. A handful of other incumbents in difficult races also fared better than expected.

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