Donald Trump will be America’s next president.

At 2:40 a.m. Wednesday morning Hillary Clinton called Donald Trump and conceded the election.

President-elect Donald 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.

In a campaign that defied the odds from the very beginning, the Republican businessman fended off more than a dozen competitors in the primaries, and then beat a woman with a long resume and considerable resources at her disposal.

Almost from the moment he launched his campaign (when he referred to many Mexicans as “rapists”), experts of almost all political stripes wrote Trump off as lacking the experience or the temperament to become the 45th president.

But with each controversial comment – comments that may have doomed other candidates – and with each prediction of his demise, Trump’s campaign continued to survive. And in the last few weeks, it appeared to thrive.

Just a few short weeks ago, most polls showed Democrat Hillary Clinton with significant leads in both the popular vote and the Electoral College. But a last-minute revelation about an FBI investigation into Clinton’s e-mails took a chunk out of the lead and the wind out of her sails.

The race tightened considerably – even in Michigan, which has voted for Democrats for president in every election since 1992.

On November 6th and 7th, the last two days before election day, the Clinton campaign dispatched former president Bill Clinton to Flint and Lansing, President Barack Obama to Ann Arbor, and Hillary herself stumped in the Grand Rapids area.

Trump, sensing victory in the Great Lakes state, had Vice Presidential nominee Mike Pence in Michigan on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Trump himself came to the state on Sunday, and Trump and Pence showed up together – in the last stop of the entire campaign – late Monday night.

And by Tuesday night, Trump cobbled together enough of those popular and Electoral votes to stitch together a last-second win.

Stay tuned to 6 News for continuing coverage of the election.

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