In numbers: How exactly did America vote?

And no, it hasn't been proven that 11,000 people put 'Harambe' down on their ballot paper...

We've known since Wednesday that Donald Trump is bound for the White House in January, even though US voting results continue to roll in today with the popular vote currently split 50.1% - 49.9% in Hillary Clinton's favour.

The final nationwide tally is irrelevant– thanks to the Electoral College system the United States has employed since its foundation, the Republican candidate has triumphed.

And against all odds, too.

With the pollsters proved totally wrong, what exactly was the composition of the Trump support that propelled him past the magic 270 number and on to a comfortable 290 of a possible 538 electoral votes?

And which vital groups did Hillary lose on the campaign trail that ultimately put paid to her presidential hopes? It makes for interesting reading to say the least.

But first, to clear something up. While you can understand why tweets like this...

...provoked a good deal of anger from Democrat supporters, they can rest easy. No, the online rumour that over 11,000 people voted for Harambe was not substantiated. A dead gorilla did not swing the vote.

So what did?

Before breaking down the demographic stats provided by the Edison Research exit poll - which, though a sizeable survey of 25,000 people, shouldn't be taken as gospel – it's worth pointing out how few votes it took for Trump to romp to victory.

According to the latest count from the US Elections Project, just 56.9% of those eligible to vote did so. That means roughly one in four US adults (27%) backed him when and where it officially counted. Ultimately, the election was won when the states of Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin unexpectedly turned red. A combined 112,158 ballots from those was all it took for the Electoral College to go Trump's way.

When it comes to gender, 53% of men plumped for Trump and 41% backed Clinton. Clinton secured 54% of the female vote, while 42% of men were in her corner.

Perhaps most surprisingly, given the controversy that surrounded his unearthed lewd comments and accusations of sexual assault, 53% of white women voted for Trump, compared to 43% for Clinton.

Trump easily secured the white vote overall, taking 58% to Clinton's 37%.
A mere 8% of black voters chose Trump, while 88% put down Clinton's name.

Trump's talk of "bad hombres" didn't deter 29% of Hispanics from voting from him. This was actually up from the Republican's last showing with Hispanics – 27% voted for Mitt Romney in 2012. Clinton received 65% of that community's vote.

And if some have tried to dress up the result as a victory for the ordinary working person, the exit poll figures don't really reflect that.

Clinton won over the majority of those on lower incomes. Some 52% of people earning less than $50,000 (€45,846) a year picked Hillary, with 41% going for Donald.

Clinton didn't have the support that Obama enjoyed amongst those on incomes below $30,000 (€27,507) in the last election, however. Obama won 63% to Romney's 35%, while Clinton only managed 53% to Trump's 41%.

People without a high school diploma also fled from the Democratic ticket. Trump won 51% of that vote compared to Clinton's 45%. This was in contrast to 64% voting for Obama compared to Romney's 35% four years ago.

Clinton was big in urban areas, picking up 59% to 35%, but Trump won the rural vote (62% to 34%) and suburban vote (50% to 45%).

The future looks blue, with Clinton scoring big among younger voters.

Of those aged between 18 and 29 years of age, 55% went for Hillary and 37% for Donald. Half of those between 30 and 44 picked Clinton, with 42% voting for Trump.

The guts of Trump's support came from older generations. Some 53% of 45 to 64-year-olds voted for him (compared to Clinton's 44%) and the same percentage of over-65s did the same (compared to Clinton's 45%).

Trump's near-war with his own party prior to the election didn't result in much red desertion. In fact, while 7% of Republican-identifying voters ended up going for Clinton, 9% of Democrats picked Trump in the end.

There were a few quirks in the data, as well. Some 18% of people polled didn't feel Trump was qualified for the role but still voted for him, and 20% of those who believed he didn't have the necessary temperament to be president did the same.

Even more bizarrely, 2% of people who admitted they were actually scared at the prospect of a Trump presidency still voted for him, and 1% of those scared of Clinton did the same for her.

Few elections in the Western World have ever been such a head-scratcher...