Louisiana State Treasurer John Kennedy won his state's runoff Senate election Saturday, cementing the Republican Party's 52-seat Senate majority. Democrats hoped challenger Foster Campbell would pull off an upset victory, with many donating to his campaign as one last potential bright spot after a disappointing election season that saw widespread GOP gains at the state and federal level.
As of 9:30 p.m. local time, Kennedy held a strong lead of nearly two-thirds of the vote; President-elect Donald Trump also won the state, taking nearly a 20-point margin over Hillary Clinton. Trump traveled to Louisiana to campaign for Kennedy earlier this week, calling the candidate a "good guy" whose win Vice President-elect Mike Pence said would be an "exclamation point" on a great election. Bonnie Kristian
Not only did America elect its first Latina senator, Catherine Cortez Masto, to office Tuesday, it also elected its first formerly undocumented immigrant to Congress.
Adriano Espaillat was elected to the House of Representatives for New York's 13th congressional district. The Democratic candidate received 89 percent of the vote, beating Republican Tony Evans' 7 percent. The district represents parts of upper Manhattan and the Bronx including Harlem, Washington Heights, and the Upper West Side.
Espaillat promised in a speech during the summer's Democratic National Convention to be "the first member of Congress who was once undocumented as an immigrant." He defiantly added: "You take that, Donald Trump!"
Espaillat is also the first Dominican-American to be elected to Congress. Watch the speech below. Ricky Soberano
President Obama spoke with Donald Trump on Wednesday to congratulate him on winning the 2016 presidential election, and invited him to visit the White House this week. In a statement, the White House said "ensuring a smooth transition of power" is a top priority for Obama, and an in-person meeting with Trump is the next logical step in ensuring such a transition occurs. Obama will also speak about the election's results on Wednesday.
Hillary Clinton also called to concede and congratulate Trump after it became clear he had reached the 270 electoral votes needed to win the election. She is expected to address the nation Wednesday morning. Jessica Hullinger
After a shocking win over Hillary Clinton in the U.S. presidential election on Tuesday, Donald Trump sent his first tweet as president-elect on Wednesday morning:
Such a beautiful and important evening! The forgotten man and woman will never be forgotten again. We will all come together as never before
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 9, 2016
The message echoed his victory speech, in which he pledged to give every American the "opportunity to realize his or her fullest potential — the forgotten men and women of our country will be forgotten no longer." His message of forward-looking unity comes at the end of a particularly divisive campaign season. In the last days before the election, Trump's team reportedly revoked his Twitter access in an attempt to keep the notoriously impulsive tweeter on-message. Jessica Hullinger
On Wednesday morning, Russian President Vladimir Putin congratulated Donald Trump on winning the U.S. presidential election. In a telegram, Putin said he hoped he and Trump could "work together for removing Russian-American relations from their crisis state," the Kremlin said. He also expressed hopes of bolstering U.S.-Russian relations "based on principles of equality, mutual respect and a real accounting each other's positions, in the interests of our peoples and the world community." During the election, Putin and Trump traded praise for one another, and Russia was accused of hacking the election system to favor a Trump win. Jessica Hullinger
Journalist Dan Rather is trying to comfort those upset by Donald Trump winning the election, while urging them to "not opt out" of the conversation now underway in the country.
Donald Trump's tone in his speech early Wednesday was of the "utmost importance," Rather wrote in a Facebook post, and he noted that Trump spoke of public works and protecting veterans, and did not bring up the "drastically contentious hallmarks of his campaign — building a wall, a Muslim ban, the NATO allies — just to name a few." You don't have to accept Trump at face value or forget the things he's said, but "we need to have a peaceful transition of power," Rather said. "That is an unmovable hallmark of the stability of our democracy."
Trump admitted campaigning was difficult, but "governing is much more so and that is now in his hands," Rather said, and people will watch as Trump attempts to keep the promises he made, with a "world on edge" and "markets [that] have gone off a cliff." Many Americans are "going through the shock of grief," but as the country grapples with a Trump presidency, everyone needs to be part of the national conversation. "Do not opt out," Rather said. "Your voice matters now more than ever. I will continue to be here in the days and weeks ahead. And we shall endeavor, together, to find a path forward in the best of America's ideals." Catherine Garcia
When he is sworn in next year, Donald Trump will be the first modern president with no experience in government or the military. A real estate developer who became a bestselling author and reality TV star, Trump carved a path to victory through the upper Midwest, flipping states that have voted Democratic in the last handful of presidential elections. In exit polls nationwide, only 34 percent of voters said they thought Donald Trump has the temperament to be president, but of the roughly 40 percent of people who cared most about a candidate who will bring change, Trump won more than 80 percent of those votes. Hillary Clinton was heavily favored by voters who wanted a president who has the right experience and good judgment.
Trump will also be the oldest person ever elected to a first term, and the first president in decades who did not release his tax returns. Peter Weber
The New York Daily News spent the entire campaign poking at Donald Trump, but for the paper's Wednesday front page, they chose to ignore the man and focus on the White House — or as it's now dubbed, "House of Horrors." If the upside down American flag doesn't jar you, the headlines "Trump seizes Divided States of America" and "Wide revulsion signals national nightmare" just might. Catherine Garcia
— New York Daily News (@NYDailyNews) November 9, 2016