Bronx —

As the prospect of a historic upset in Tuesday’s presidential election became increasingly apparent, optimism turned to despair for many voters in Mott Haven and Melrose who went to the polls anticipating Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton would win.

An evening pollsters confidently projected would end in the election of the country’s first woman president, instead was won by renegade real estate mogul Donald Trump, her Republican opponent, in an ideological staredown that showed the divisions between densely populated cities like New York City that overwhelmingly supported Clinton, and towns and rural areas around the country that rejected her.