Donald Trump, who presented himself as the ultimate outsider during the presidential race, has won the race to the White House after his vote surged in key U.S. battleground states.
Hillary Clinton lost what many believed was an unloseable election being outperformed by her Republican opponent in the key states of Florida, Ohio and North Carolina.
The New York Times, which gave Clinton a better than 80 per cent chance of becoming president early in counting, switched its prediction to a Trump win by early afternoon Wednesday (AEDT).
Trump’s unexpectedly strong showing had an immediate effect on US and world markets. Australia’s ASX dived a massive three per cent, wiping $40 billion from the value of shares.
Here’s how the drama unfolded on The New Daily’s live blog.