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Trump Clinches Presidency In Major Upset

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Charles Krupa
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AP

 

President-elect Donald Trump says Hillary Clinton congratulated him on his victory.

Shortly before clinching the election, the Republican scored an important victory in the presidential battleground of Pennsylvania, capturing a state critical to Democrats' White House hopes.

Trump beat Democrat Hillary Clinton in Tuesday's election. No Democrat has gotten to the White House without winning Pennsylvania since Harry Truman in 1948.

Pennsylvania's 20 electoral votes are tied for fifth-most in the country, and a key building block to the 270 necessary to win the Electoral College. Clinton and Trump made more than 30 visits to Pennsylvania over the last five months of the campaign, more than any other state except Florida.

At the Allegheny County Democrats' election party Tuesday night, the at-first optimistic mood slowly saddened as the night progressed.  A large group of would-be revelers headed home after Florida was called for Trump. 

“I’m shocked to be completely honest, I’m utterly shocked, but at the same time, it’s OK, we’ll keep moving forward and we all still love Hillary," said 24-year-old Katerina Reilly, who stayed until the party shut down around 1:30 a.m. 

Democrats hold a 4-to-3 registration advantage over Republicans, and Trump's victory breaks the Democrats' winning streak in Pennsylvania's presidential elections at six.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.