A night pollsters had predicted would be a big win for Hillary Clinton has turned out to be anything but. Watching polls come in with his family, while initially trailing, Donald Trump then surged ahead in key battleground states such as Florida and Ohio and never looked back. Reuters data editor Maurice Tamon.
>> And If you look at the results in many of the counties inside the states where he won, he won by huge numbers. I mean numbers that sometimes doubled and tripled the lead that Romney saw.>> Trump captured the conservative states in the South and Midwest, while Clinton swept several states on the east coast, in Illinois and in the Midwest.
But Clinton struggled where it should have been easy, like Virginia, home turf of her running mate, Tim Kaine, which she eventually won. And big leads thought to have come from early voting evaporated. But at 8:55 PM, Clinton acknowledged a battle that was unexpectedly tight, tweeting this team has so much to be proud of.
Whatever happens tonight, thank you for everything. The Trump campaign's success, defying virtually every poll prediction, prompted financial markets to plunge. Meanwhile, GOP legislative wins offer something more. The chance for a Trump White House to push through at least part of its 100-day plan. In the crosshairs, Obamacare, NAFTA, and at least one seat on the US Supreme Court.