Katelyn Ferral
Madison.com

Donald Trump has been elected president of the United States, with a surprise win in Wisconsin leading him to victory in Wednesday’s early hours.

According to the Associated Press, Trump scored Wisconsin’s 10 electoral votes with 49 percent of the vote compared to Hillary Clinton’s 46 percent, with 99 percent of the precincts reporting.

“It’s going to be a beautiful thing,” Trump said Wednesday morning as he celebrated the victory in New York City. He said he was going to help Americans realize their potential and rebuild the nation’s infrastructure and restore its greatness.

“Nothing we want for our future is beyond our reach. America will no longer settle for anything less than the best. We must reclaim our country’s destiny,” he said.

It was a historic night of wins for the GOP nationwide, and Wisconsin’s Republican candidates won the state in victories the party hasn’t seen in at least three decades. Trump’s victory, bolstered by Wisconsin voters, was a sharp rebuke to state and national polls which showed Republicans down in recent weeks. It was the first time that Wisconsin went to a Republican presidential candidate since 1984.

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