• President-elect Trump: 'I promise you I will not let you down'

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    NEW YORK - 10:05 a.m.

    One of Donald Trump's harshest Republican critics says America "demanded disruption" by electing the billionaire businessman as president.

    In a statement Wednesday, Sen. Ben Sasse of Nebraska congratulated Trump. Sasse said he and his family will pray that Trump "will lead wisely and faithfully keep his oath to a Constitution of limited government."

    Sasse said he will now do everything he can to hold Trump to promises he made during the campaign. Among them are replacing President Barack Obama's health care law, nominating judges "who reject law-making by unelected courts," and fighting for ethics reform "that upends cronyism" and enacts term limits.

    Sasse last month had called on Trump to abandon his presidential bid after the release of old video footage that featured Trump making vulgar sexual comments.
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    8:40 a.m.

    Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway says Hillary Clinton had more money and more people on the ground -- but, Team Trump "outworked them, and frankly, we outsmarted and outclassed them in some cases."

    Conway appeared on Fox News on Wednesday to analyze Donald Trump's stunning defeat of Clinton.

    Conway said the Republican billionaire "did a great job sealing the deal."

    She said: "Take it to the bank -- candidates matter. There's no substitute for a great candidate."

    On CNN, Conway urged Trump's critics to "lay down their verbal firearms."

    She said: "Give him a chance as your president-elect like we all did with President Obama and we all did with President Bill Clinton."
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    8:07 a.m.

    Hillary Clinton will be speaking to her supporters Wednesday morning. It will be her first public remarks since her stunning defeat to Donald Trump in the U.S. presidential election.

    Her campaign says she'll speak to staff and supporters at a New York hotel at 9:30 a.m.

    Clinton did not give a formal concession speech. But she did call Trump early Wednesday to congratulate him on his victory in Tuesday's election.

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    7:40 a.m.

    Donald Trump's campaign manager Kellyanne Conway says the president-elect had a "gracious exchange" with Hillary Clinton and a "warm conversation" with President Barack Obama.

    In a pair of interviews on ABC and NBC News Wednesday, Conway said Clinton's top aide, Huma Abedin, called her late Wednesday and connected Clinton with Trump. She said Clinton "congratulated him for his victory," and he told Clinton that she is "very smart, very tough" and had "waged a tremendous campaign."

    Conway said the Trump campaign isn't upset that Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton hasn't yet made a public concession speech.

    Trump said during the campaign that he would assign a special prosecutor to investigate Hillary Clinton. But Conway told ABC's Good Morning America, "we have not discussed that at all."

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    7:15 a.m.

    President Barack Obama has invited President-elect Donald Trump to meet with him at the White House on Thursday.

    The president plans to address Trump's victory in a statement from the White House on Wednesday.

    The White House says Obama called Trump from his residence in the White House early Wednesday to congratulate him. White House spokesman Josh Earnest says the Thursday meeting is to discuss the presidential transition.

    Obama also called Hillary Clinton. The White House says Obama conveyed admiration for the "strong campaign she waged throughout the country."

    Statement by the Press Secretary:

    From the White House residence, the President phoned Donald Trump to congratulate him on his victory early this morning. The President also called Secretary Clinton and expressed admiration for the strong campaign she waged throughout the country.

    The President will make a statement on Wednesday at the White House to discuss the election results and what steps we can take as a country to come together after this hard-fought election season.

    The President invited the President-elect to meet with him at the White House on Thursday, November 10th, to update him on the transition planning his team has been working on for nearly a year. Ensuring a smooth transition of power is one of the top priorities the President identified at the beginning of the year and a meeting with the President-elect is the next step.
     

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    6:45 a.m.

    Becoming president-elect hasn't stopped Donald Trump from tweeting.

    Trump pledged in a tweet Wednesday morning: "The forgotten man and woman will never be forgotten again. We will all come together as never before."

    Trump has been an avid user of Twitter, often using it during the account to attack opponents and critics in harsh terms.

    His account did look different Wednesday: His Twitter profile now identifies him as "president-elect of the United States."

    3:10 a.m.

    President-elect Donald Trump is telling the American people that "I promise you I will not let you down."

    Trump, addressing supporters at his victory party in New York City early Wednesday, says he looks "very much forward to being your president."

    He tells his supporters he hopes to make them "very proud" for choosing him to be the nation's 45th president.

    And the celebrity businessman vows to "get to work immediately for the American people" and says his "movement" was just beginning.

    Trump is exiting the party to one of his campaign anthems, The Rolling Stones' "You Can't Always Get What You Want."

    >> Scroll down to see Donald Trump address his supporters after being elected president

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    3:08 a.m.

    President-elect Donald Trump is trying to reassure jittery U.S. allies.

    Trump ran on a platform of pulling back from historic treaties like NATO. But in his victory speech Wednesday morning Trump is trying to reassure foreign countries.

    He says, "I want to tell the world that, while we will always put America's interests first, we will deal fairly with everyone."

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    3:06 a.m.

    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is congratulating President-elect Donald Trump on his victory after he condemned statements and actions by Trump during the campaign.

    McConnell is pitching Trump's victory as an opportunity to move in a different direction after eight years under Democrat Barack Obama. He says Trump has "a significant opportunity to bring our nation together."

    McConnell also says he hopes to work closely with Democrats to strengthen national and economic security.

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    3:05 a.m.

    House Speaker Paul Ryan has called President-elect Donald Trump to congratulate him on his victory.

    Ryan, who criticized Trump during the campaign, is likely to face some opposition among Republicans in his bid to retain his leadership post.

    Ryan issued a statement early Wednesday calling Trump's victory a "repudiation of the status quo of failed liberal progressive policies."

    He says he is eager to work with the new administration to advance the Republican agenda.

    First, he urges the GOP to work to bring the country together after the divisive election.

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    2:55 a.m.

    Donald Trump has pledged to be a president "for all Americans."

    The president-elect, addressing supporters at his victory party in New York City, asked that the nation to come together, and promised to "represent every citizen of our land."

    He added that it was "time for America to bind the wounds of division" and "time for us to come together as one."

    He also declared his administration will be a time of "national growth and renewal."

    Trump said "America will no longer settle for anything but the best" and said that the nation will "dream big and bold and daring."

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    2:50 a.m.

    President-elect Donald Trump says Hillary Clinton called him to congratulate him on his victory.

    Trump, addressing supporters at his victory party in New York City, said Wednesday that he "congratulated her and her family on a very, very hard-fought campaign."

    He added that "we owe her a major debt of gratitude" for her service.

    The gracious sentiment was a far cry from Trump's usually heated rhetoric about Clinton. He has suggested that she should go to jail and chants of "Lock her up!" were a staple at his campaign rallies.

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    2:45 a.m.

    Vice President-elect Mike Pence is declaring Donald Trump's victory "a historic night."

    Pence, Indiana's governor, addressed Trump's victory party in New York City early Wednesday.

    Trump's running mate said "the American people have spoken and the American people have elected their new champion."

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    2:39 a.m.

    Republican Chris Sununu has defeated Democrat Colin Van Ostern to become New Hampshire's next governor and the nation's youngest at 42.

    He will replace Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan, who ran for U.S. Senate. Sununu's father, John H. Sununu, served as governor in the 1980s.

    Both Chris Sununu and Van Ostern worked together on the governor's Executive Council but spent much of the campaign criticizing each other's day jobs.

    Van Ostern argued that the Waterville Valley ski resort suffered under Sununu's management, while Sununu said the few years Van Ostern spent working at Southern New Hampshire University and Stonyfield Yogurt hardly make him a business leader.

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    2:29 a.m.

    Donald Trump has been elected president of the United States.

    The Republican nominee won Wednesday after capturing Wisconsin's 10 electoral votes, putting him over the 270 threshold.

    Voters eager to shake up the nation's political establishment picked the celebrity businessman to become the nation's 45th president.

    Trump rode an astonishing wave of support from voters seeking change and willing to accept a candidate loose with facts and accused of sexual misconduct.

    He upset Democrat Hillary Clinton, who would have become the first woman to serve in the Oval Office.

    Trump struck a populist tone and placed a hardline immigration stance at his campaign's heart.

    Trump rose to political fame after questioning whether President Barack Obama was born in the United States. He will now follow Obama into the White House.

    Donald Trump addresses supporters after being elected president:

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