After a bitter, tumultuous election that laid bare deep divisions with the nation, Americans elected Donald Trump to be the 45th president of the United States. The end of the race was as dramatic as the campaign had been, with results in battleground states teetering back and forth before it became clear, in the wee hours of November 9, that Trump had defeated former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
The unprecedented campaign was full of dramatic twists and turns, including an on-again-off-again FBI investigation into Clinton's private email server, a tape in which Trump boasted about sexually assaulting women and allegations from 11 women who said the New York businessman had touched or kissed them without their consent.
Trump appealed to Americans who felt left behind. They were more white, more male and less educated than Clinton’s supporters, according to exit polls. Clinton, who was vying to become the first female president, appealed more to women, minorities and college graduates.
The nation was split in half. In the end, both winner and loser looked beyond their deep-seated rivalry to call for healing as America prepared for a new chapter led by a political neophyte—the first president with no government or military experience—named Donald Trump.