New York Billionaire Elected President

(LITITZ,–Billionaire businessman Donald J. Trump pulled off a stunning political upset in Tuesday’s election to become the next President of the United States.

The political outsider who has never held public office ran on a platform that ignited the Republican base and brought out legions of loyal voters to the polls.

Political pundits watched in disbelief during live broadcasts as a sea of red spread across the national election map that painted a path to a Trump victory. Some mused that polling must have been flawed while others thought that the participation of pro-Trump rural voters was greater than predicted.

Trump’s performance at the polls crushed Hillary Clinton’s hopes to become the first female Commander-in-Chief.

Trump won key battleground states like Florida, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania on his way to securing the 270 electoral college votes needed for victory.

The brash businessman led an unconventional campaign that polarized voters yet resulted in theĀ  Republican nomination and election to the presidency.

Now, Trump says, he’s ready to heal the divide.

“It’s time for us to come together as one united people,” Trump said while appearing onstage in a brief victory speech in New York City flanked by key supporters and campaign surrogates.

He said that former Secretary Clinton called him and conceded the victory before he took the stage. Trump praised Clinton’s persistence, saying “we owe her a major debt of gratitude for her service.”

Clinton did to not address supporters gathered in New York City or concede publicly in the early hours of Wednesday morning when the outcome became obvious. Instead, campaign manager John Podesta came to the podium shortly after 2 a.m. and instructed Clinton supporters to go home.

As night wore on until morning, major networks seemed reluctant to call the race. Finally, at 2:31 a.m., the AP declared Trump the winner. had projected Trump the victor by 11:47 p.m. on Election Day, almost three hours before the AP.

It was an election that will go down in history as one of the fiercest on record.

Lynn Rebuck is the editor of national award-winning, the 2015 EPPY Award Honorable Mention recipient for Best Photojournalism and winner of 8 top digital media awards in the past two years. Email Lynn at