In one of the biggest political surprises in modern history, Donald J. Trump will be the 45th US president after a shock victory over his Democrat opponent Hillary Clinton. The Republican candidate declared victory after unexpectedly winning several key swing states, including Florida, Ohio, North Carolina and Pennsylvania. Trumps victory came in the wake of consistent polling predicting a Clinton win. Mr Trump’s victory in Wisconsin put him over the 270 out of 538 electoral college votes needed to win the White House. The US president-elect took to the stage at his victory rally in New York and said: “I just received a call from Secretary Clinton. She congratulated us on our victory. The real estate tycoon, reality TV star and political novice, was universally ridiculed when he declared his candidacy in June last year. Trump said his victory had been “tough”. Mr Trump will take office in January with both houses of Congress fully under Republican control as Democrats were unable to wrest control of the Senate. He also received congratulations from Russian leader Vladimir Putin hoping the two countries will improve their relationship.