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Trump deserves a chance to lead nation: Clinton

By Julie Pace

Hillary Clinton has said the United States proved to be "more divided than we thought" but urged supporters to give Donald Trump "a chance to lead".

Standing before a crowd of crestfallen campaign aides and backers, Mrs Clinton said: "This is painful and it will be for a long time."

Mr Trump's triumph will end eight years of Democratic dominance of the White House.

He will govern with Republicans controlling both houses of Congress and lead a country deeply divided by his rancorous campaign against Mrs Clinton.

He faces fractures within his own party, too, given the numerous Republicans who refused to back him or only tepidly supported his nomination.

As he claimed victory early yesterday, Mr Trump urged Americans to "come together as one united people".

That sentiment was echoed by Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan, who had been a reluctant Trump supporter.

"This needs to be a time of redemption, not a time of recrimination," Mr Ryan said in a news conference, saying Mr Trump had earned a "mandate" to enact his agenda.

Mrs Clinton, hoping to become the first woman to be elected President, conceded defeat in a telephone call to Mr Trump.

With several million votes still to be counted, she held a narrow lead in the nationwide popular vote. Most of the outstanding votes appeared to be in Democratic-leaning states, with the biggest chunk in California, a state Mrs Clinton overwhelmingly won.

With almost 125 million votes counted, The Associated Press tally had Mrs Clinton with 47.7% and Mr Trump with 47.5%.

Summoning her most magnanimous tone after a bitter race, Mrs Clinton said of the man whose victory she declared would be a danger to America and the world: "I hope that he will be a successful President for all Americans."

As her supporters waited for her in a New York ballroom, the scene of despair played out for all on live television. Cameras zoomed in on the exhausted and miserable faces of several of her closest aides, some dressed in hoodies or other casual clothing. The familiar campaign music of Bruce Springsteen in the background added to the sense of disappointment.

"We have seen that our nation is more deeply divided than we thought," Mrs Clinton said in a speech she never hoped to deliver. "But I still believe in America and I always will."

Global stock markets and US stock futures plunged early yesterday, but later recovered. The Dow Jones industrial average was up almost 1% in midday trading in New York.

President Barack Obama congratulated Mr Trump in a phone call and invited him to a meeting at the White House on Thursday to discuss transition.

Mr Obama said at the White House that he had significant differences with Mr Trump, but added that the same had been true when he took office after George W Bush. He said Mrs Clinton had accomplished much as the first woman nominated for President by a major political party.

He noted that despite the painful loss for the Democrats, "the sun came up" as usual yesterday.

Meanwhile, demonstrators smashed windows and set bins on fire early yesterday in Oakland, California.

And in Oregon, dozens of people blocked traffic in Portland causing delays for trains on two rail lines.

Media reports said the crowd grew to about 300 people, including some who sat in the middle of a road. The crowd of anti-Trump protesters burned American flags and chanted, "That's not my President."

In Pennsylvania, hundreds of students marched through the streets, with some in the crowd calling for unity.

In Seattle, about 100 protesters gathered in the Capitol Hill neighborhood, blocked roads and set a trash bin on fire.

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