Obama pledges peaceful transition, Clinton urges backers to accept outcome

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WASHINGTON (AP) – The Latest on the U.S. election. (All times EST):

1:05 p.m.

Republican Donald Trump won the presidency fueled by a surge of working-class whites across a band of Midwestern states. Those are the kind of voters who had helped anchor Democratic presidential victories for a generation.

Trump won states such as Pennsylvania and Iowa that had twice backed Barack Obama.

Exit polls and unofficial returns reflect deep racial, gender, economic and cultural divides across the region and nationally.

Trump’s support Tuesday skewed older, more male and overwhelmingly white. His supporters said they are deeply dissatisfied with the federal government and eager for change. That’s according to the exit polls conducted by Edison Research for national media outlets.

Democrat Hillary Clinton’s support was anchored in cities, but it wasn’t enough to overcome Trump’s advantages in small towns, rural areas and many suburbs.

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1 p.m.

A prominent Republican critic of both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump is giving the Democrat high marks for her concession speech.

Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina said in a statement Wednesday that Clinton should be congratulated for “doing her part to bring about healing of our nation.”

Unimpressed with either candidate, Graham quipped in September that the choice “makes me want to move to Canada.”

But a day after the election, Graham said Clinton struck the right tone.

Graham said, “all Americans should follow her counsel and try to work with our next president.”

He said Trump “will need all the help he can get given the many challenges we face as a nation.”

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12:55 p.m.

Another former president Bush is congratulating Donald Trump on winning the race for the White House.

George W. Bush said in a statement that he called Trump Wednesday. He said he and his wife, Laura, wished the president-elect and his family “our very best as they take on an awesome responsibility.”

Bush added: “We pray for the success of our country and the success of our new president.”

A spokesman said Bush and his wife didn’t vote for Trump when casting early ballots for Tuesday’s election.

Bush’s father, George H.W. Bush, also called and congratulated Trump on Wednesday.

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12:50 p.m.

President Barack Obama says he could not be prouder of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

Obama said Clinton’s candidacy and nomination sent a message to daughters all across the country that “they can achieve at the highest levels of politics.” Clinton lost to Republican Donald Trump in Tuesday’s election.

Obama was speaking Wednesday in the White House’s Rose Garden. He said he is confident that Hillary Clinton and former President Bill Clinton will continue to do great work for people around the world.

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12:40 p.m.

President Barack Obama says he was heartened by President-elect Donald Trump’s call for unity.

Speaking Wednesday at the White House, Obama said the campaign was long and hard fought and that while a lot of Americans are feeling exultant, others are not.

He said everyone is sad when their side loses an election. But, resorting to sports analogies, Obama said “we’re actually all on one team” and we’re in an intramural scrimmage.

He said all Americans should want what’s best for the country.

In his acceptance speech, Trump called for the country to “bind the wounds of division.”

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12:35 p.m.

President Barack Obama says he’s instructing his team to make sure there is a peaceful transfer of power to Donald Trump.

Obama spoke Wednesday in the White House’s Rose Garden following Trump’s upset victory in Tuesday’s presidential election.

He noted that he and Trump have had big differences. Trump promises to repeal many of Obama’s achievements over the past eight years. Obama had warned voters that if Trump were to win, “all that progress goes down the drain.”

Now, Obama said “we all want what’s best for this country.” He said the point is that we all go forward with a presumption of good faith in all citizens. He says that’s how the country has moved forward and he’s confident that the incredible American journey will continue.

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12:05 p.m.

Hillary Clinton says America “is more deeply divided than we thought,” but she is urging her supporters to accept the outcome of the presidential election.

In a speech Wednesday conceding the presidency to Republican Donald Trump, Clinton said, “I still believe in America, and I always will.”

She noted that “our responsibility as citizens is to keep doing our part to keep building that better, stronger, fairer America.”

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12:05 p.m.

President-elect Donald Trump has won Alaska.

The Republican captured the state’s three electoral votes on Wednesday, giving him 279 total. That’s nine more than the threshold needed to win the White House.

His Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton, has 228 electoral votes. Alaska has been a safely Republican state for decades.

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12 p.m.

Hillary Clinton is acknowledging that America has not “shattered that highest and hardest ceiling” with her failed bid for the White House. But she says, “someday, somebody will.”

The defeated Democratic candidate gave a somber address to supporters and staffers in New York, Wednesday. She directed comments to the “little girls who are watching.” She said, “you are valuable and powerful and deserving” of every opportunity in the world.

She urged them to strive to pursue their dreams, whatever they may be.

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11:50 a.m.

Hillary Clinton says she’s “sorry” she didn’t win the election, adding “this is painful, and it will be for a long time.”

The Democratic presidential candidate was delivering what her campaign billed as a concession speech to Republican Donald Trump after his upset victory in Tuesday’s election. She spoke at a New York hotel.

With her onstage are husband Bill Clinton and daughter Chelsea Clinton.

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11:45 a.m.

Hillary Clinton is delivering what are expected to be her final remarks of the presidential election after a devastating loss to Donald Trump.

She’s urging her supporters to accept the results, saying they owe Trump an “open mind” and a “chance to lead.” She says American democracy depends on “peaceful transition of power.”

Speaking to supporters Wednesday at a New York hotel, Clinton said the campaign has been “one of the greatest honors” of her life. She describes the outcome as “painful,” but says the effort was not about her but “the country we love.”

Clinton took the stage to sustained applause.

Ashen-faced aides sat in the front row as supporters in the audience sobbed at the emotional event.

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11:45 a.m.

Hillary Clinton’s running mate, Tim Kaine, says the defeated Democratic candidate has made history by paving the way for women to run for president.

Speaking ahead of Clinton to a room of supporters and aides in New York Wednesday, Kaine prompted a standing ovation when he noted Clinton is leading in the popular vote in the race against Donald Trump.

He hailed Hillary Clinton and former President Bill Clinton’s loyalty to their staff, and praised their dedication.

His voice shaking, he said that Clinton “knows the system we have. She’s deeply in love with it and she accepts it.”

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11:40 a.m.

Top House Democrat Nancy Pelosi says America has “a responsibility to come together and find common ground” in the aftermath of the bitterly contested election.

The California Democrat noted that Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton is leading in the popular vote.

She said that Democrats hope to work with Trump to enact a “robust infrastructure jobs bill” and on national security issues.

Pelosi offered her congratulations to Trump and his family and added that she’s praying for his success.

Pelosi did not directly indicate whether she would seek another term as minority leader for the newly elected Congress. She’s considered likely to do so.

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11:30 a.m.

House Speaker Paul Ryan says Donald Trump’s victory has turned politics on its head. He said he expects the new president to work hand-in-hand with the Republican-led Congress.

Speaking Wednesday in Janesville, Wisconsin, an ebullient Ryan said Trump has earned a mandate to enact his agenda.

He thanked Trump for his “coattails” during the election that bolstered the Republican majority in the House.

Ryan has said he wants to be speaker in the new Congress and has expressed confidence in doing so. But he could face resistance from the Freedom Caucus, which chased former Speaker John Boehner from Congress last year. Other Republicans are upset over Ryan’s frigid treatment of Trump.

Ryan says his relationship with Trump is fine. He’s urging Republicans and Democrats to focus on “redemption, not recrimination.”

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11:25 a.m.

Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan is declaring victory in the New Hampshire Senate race. But incumbent Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte is not conceding.

The Associated Press has yet to call the race. Unofficial results have Hassan up by fewer than 700 votes.

In a statement Hassan says: “It’s clear that we have maintained the lead and have won this race.”

But Ayotte issued her own statement saying: “We look forward to results being announced by the secretary of state, and ensuring that every vote is counted in this race that has received an historic level of interest.”

New Hampshire is the only Senate race where a winner has not yet been declared. Regardless of which way it goes, Republicans will retain control of the Senate. Either party could request a recount.

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11:20 a.m.

Despite losing Tuesday’s presidential election, Hillary Clinton has a narrow lead in the popular vote, with several million votes still to be counted.

As more votes are counted, Clinton isn’t guaranteed to keep that lead. However, most of the outstanding votes appear to be in Democratic-leaning states. The biggest chunk is in California. Washington State, New York, Oregon and Maryland also have large numbers of uncounted votes. Clinton won all those states.

With nearly 125 million votes counted, The Associated Press tally has Clinton with 47.7 percent and President-elect Donald Trump with 47.5 percent.

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