Trump secures U.S. presidential election: report

Nov 09, 2016 (LBO) – Donald Trump will become the 45th US president after beating Democrat candidate Hillary Clinton, foreign media reports said.

The battlegrounds of Florida, Ohio and North Carolina cleared the way for Trump to beat favored Clinton, the Associated Press news agency reported.

“I just received a call from Secretary Clinton. She congratulated us on our victory,” the US president-elect who took to the stage at his victory rally in New York and said.

“It is time for us to come together as one united people.”

Getting on stage, Trump said he would fix the inner cities, build infrastructure, have good relations with foreign nations and reach out for guidance from all those who supported him as well as opposed him.

Trump secured 47.7 percent of the vote, while Clinton obtained 47.5 percent of the vote.

Fourty two percent of independents voted for Trump, compared with 39 percent for Clinton. Eighty two percent of white evangelicals voted for Trump, and 29 percent of the Latino vote went to Trump, which may have influenced the decision in Florida.

Clinton picked up 65 percent of the Latino vote.

Eighty eight percent of African Americans voted for Clinton, with eight percent for Trump, although Barrack Obama picked up 93 percent of the African-Amercan vote in 2012.

Markets were volatile in Asia over uncertainty around U.S. interest rate policy going forward, whether the Federal Reserve chairman would be replaced, and uncertainty around policy on international trade.

After initially sliding the most since the aftermath of Brexit, European equities pared their losses with futures on the S&P 500 Index. The yen, gold and government bonds scaled back gains.

Nikkei was down 5.3 percent, Hang Seng lost 2.2 percent, the Dax was down 1.03 percent and FTSE lost 0.14 percent.