Wildest campaign season ever ends with Donald Trump victory

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – After one of the wildest campaign seasons and elections ever, Donald Trump has been elected the 45th president of the United States of America.

CBS News reported Hillary Clinton called Trump to concede shortly after the Associated Press called the race for Trump.

More than 130 million Americans headed to the polls Tuesday to decide the country’s new leader in an election that turned into a nail-biter.

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

Voters stood in long lines across the nation waiting to cast their ballots. Many were glad the divisive campaign between Trump and Clinton was at an end.

Attorney General Roy Cooper is declaring victory in a tight gubernatorial race with incumbent Pat McCrory. He told supporters early Wednesday morning that, “We are confident that these results will be certified, and they will confirm victory.”

The latest figures showed McCrory trailed Cooper by 3,700 votes. However, he took the stage at his election watch party after midnight and said more than 90,000 votes still needed to be counted, suggesting the earliest the governor’s race will have a result is November 18.

McCrory said North Carolinians have to respect the system and let the process take place. He called for the canvassing of votes in several counties.

The latest election numbers are still too close to call, with incumbent McCrory and hCooper in a dead heat tossup.

Another big race was for the North Carolina Senate. Democrat Deborah Ross challenged Senator Richard Burr who’s held the seat since 2005, but even with an endorsement from President Barack Obama, Burr held onto his seat.

Federal officials were on alert all day Tuesday over the risk of potential terror threats. As a result, security was increased at polling sites across the country.

The risk of a cyber attack was also a concern.

So the Department of Homeland Security set up a cyber command center. Experts kept a close eye on Russia, a country the U.S. has accused of trying to “interfere with the U.S. election process.”

The former director of the NSA blames Russian president Vladamir Putin, who denies the accusations.

And because voting machines are not connected to the internet, U.S. officials have already said a cyber attack would not affect the total votes.

WNCT 9 On Your Side and CBS News will provide extensive election coverage throughout the overnight and into the day Wednesday.

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