Calls for unity follow Trump victory

nc_election121109_1500x845(NBC News) — Donald Trump celebrated his presidential victory early Wednesday morning, saying he will be the president for all Americans.

“For those of you who did not support me, I am reaching out to you for your guidance and help so we can work together and unify our country,” Trump said.

He becomes the first person elected president who never served political office or in the military.

Hillary Clinton made her first public statement later in the morning after a late night concession call to Trump.

“I hope that he will be a successful president for all Americans,” Clinton said.  “This is not the outcome we wanted or we worked so hard for, and I’m sorry we did not win election.”

Speaking at the White House, President Obama said “We are now all rooting for his success in uniting and leading the country.”

Trump tapped into the anger voters feel about the direction of the country, now it’s his challenge to lead a very divided nation.

Results show Trump over-performed polls in rural America.  Also, the block of voters President Obama turned out in 2012 did not mobilize for Hillary Clinton, and that led to victory for the president-elect.

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