Donald Trump Has Won the American Presidency

In a last-minute surge, the unconventional candidate's voters turned out in droves.

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In a huge statistical upset, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has won the 2016 election, and will assume office as President of the United States in January 2017.

Most polls and speculative guesses leading up to Election Day put Hillary Clinton—our first-ever female presidential candidate—well above her conservative opponent. But after the voting booths closed on Tuesday night, the map of our country proved far more red than blue.

For such an unconventional candidate, there will surely be repercussions, through the Republican party and the country at large. Trump's campaign has brought drastic issues to light, from sexual assault against women to anti-immigration sentiments, and we'll be grappling with them together in the coming months and years.

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Jessica Pels
Jessica Pels

As the editor of Cosmopolitan, Jess oversees the editorial for all of Cosmo's efforts across print, digital, video, and emerging platforms. Previously she served as the digital director of Marie Claire, where she tripled the readership, and she's held print and hybrid posts at Glamour and Teen Vogue. In 2013 she launched an interactive e-commerce platform for a fashion-tech startup, and in a former life she was a ballet dancer and NYU film student. She lives in Manhattan with her scruffy dog George.