Donald Trump is the next President of the United States - but 12 hours before becoming the world's most powerful man pollsters and pundits had already written him off. As voting ended last night Mrs Clinton was supposed to have a crucial lead but as state after state fell to her Republican rival it soon became clear her campaign was doomed.
Three hours later Trump took Kansas, North Dakota, South Dakota, Texas, Wyoming, Nebraska and then, significantly, Arkansas, where Hillary's husband Bill was governor for more than a decade before winning the 1992 presidential election.
He also took Florida before Mrs Clinton's Midwest firewall of Ohio, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Iowa all crumbled and went to Trump, as did her hopes of become America's first woman President. Despite the writing being on the wall Hillary Clinton's campaign manager John Podesta refused to concede defeat - at 2am telling supporters in New York: 'Let's get these votes counted and let's bring this home.' But within 20 minutes Clinton had telephoned her rival Trump to end the bout - but has still not faced her supporters.
After victory was confirmed the billionaire President-elect said he was swept into the White House by 'an incredible and great movement, made up of millions of working men and women who love their country and want a better, brighter future for themselves and for their family'.
This is how the most dramatic and divisive US Presidential election in history unfolded:
The polls close and then Trump's march starts
6.05pm EST (11.05pm GMT) - The polls close with Hillary said to have a narrow lead, which turned out to be false
7.05pm - The first results of the night are in, and they are following the form guide. Donald Trump wins Indiana and Kentucky, while Hillary Clinton takes Vermont, the Associated Press news agency reports.
7.30pm - In a further early - albeit predictable - fillip for the Republicans, Trump takes West Virginia.
7.32pm - Trump wins West Virginia, as expected.
8.02pm - Clinton takes Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey and the District of Columbia, while Trump wins in Oklahoma.
8.11pm - South Carolina falls to Trump.
8.16pm - Trump wins Tennessee.
8.30pm - His winning run continues by taking Alabama.
8.42pm - Clinton wins Rhode Island.
8.55pm - Trump wins Mississippi - moments later In a message which appears to betray the nervousness in the Clinton camp, the Democratic nominee thanks her supporters on Twitter 'whatever happens tonight'.
9pm - Clinton wins in Illinois.