Donald Trump has emerged victorious in the Electoral College vote on Monday and secured his election as the 45th president of the United States – as last-ditch attempts to hinder him the White House failed to gain traction in state capitals.
Six weeks after winning the polls, the Republican has secured the 270 votes needed to formalise his victory. After all the states had voted, Trump finished with 304 votes and Clinton had 227.
Speaking after his win, Mr Trump promised to “work hard to unite our country and be the president of all Americans”.
“I thank the American people for their overwhelming vote to elect me as their next president of the United States,” Mr Trump said in a statement after the result came in.
“With this historic step we can look forward to the bright future ahead. I will work hard to unite our country and be the president of all Americans,” he added.
Electors had been flooded with emails and phone calls urging them not to support the billionaire.
The voting process is usually a formality, but was clouded this year by claims that Russian hackers tried to sway the presidential election.
Texas ultimately put the president-elect over the 270 threshold, despite two of its electors voting against him.
The result will be officially announced on 6 January in a special joint session of Congress.