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Donald Trump: Inside His Journey to the White House

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After a long night, we have picked a new presidentDonald Trump.

PEOPLE has been there for his unprecedented run to the White House throughout the campaign, and was there at the Midtown Hilton Hotel, where he triumphantly accepted his shocking win, a 276-218 electoral victory over Hillary Clinton.

“I pledge to every citizen of our land that I will be president for all Americans, and this is so important to me. For those who have chosen not to support me in the past — of which there were a few people — I’m reaching out to you for your guidance and your help so we can unify our great country,” Trump said in his victory speech early Wednesday morning.

  • For more on Donald Trump’s journey to the White House, pick up a copy of PEOPLE, on newsstands Saturday

The crowd at Trump’s victory party was muted at the start of the night, with news networks projecting a Clinton victory. But as the billionaire businessman steadily picked up coveted swing states, the mood turned to celebration.

“It’s suddenly all feeling very real … The kids are very excited and they’re all very confident that he will win,” a family source told PEOPLE around midnight.

The overcapacity room started several chants throughout the night — “Lock her up” and “Build the wall,” before shifting over to cheers of “Call it” as a Trump victory became clear.

Trump, his family and running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, took the stage shortly after the Associated Press called the election for Trump at 2:30 a.m. – to a massive roar from the crowd.

Now the President-Elect will spend the next two months building up his cabinet and planning for the transition when he’s sworn in on Jan. 20.

Read our election night coverage below:

He’s Hired! Donald Trump Is Elected 45th President of the United States in Stunning Upset

President-Elect Trump Praises Clinton: ‘We Will Begin the Urgent Task of Rebuilding Our Nation’

The World Reacts as Donald Trump is Elected President

Grief and Disbelief at Clinton HQ as Donald Trump Pulls Ahead: ‘I Feel Nauseous,’ Aide Says

My Front-Row Seat to History: PEOPLE Senior Editor Charlotte Triggs Watches Trump Win the Presidency

How Donald Trump Went from Political Joke to President-Elect

Get more details on Trump’s road to victory and Clinton’s unexpected defeat in this week’s issue of PEOPLE.