Trump wins Florida and Ohio, Clinton takes Virginia and Colorado
With polling over in dozen US states, Republican Donald Trump took a surprise lead over his Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton in one of the most bitterly contested fights for Presidency.
Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are locked in a tense battle for the White House, results suggest that Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton is projected to win 13 states and Republican Donald Trump is ahead in 19 states, according to CNN.
Trump has been predicted to win Ohio, Alabama, Kentucky, Indiana, West Virginia, Mississippi, South Carolina, Texas, Kansas, Dakotas, Tennessee, Oklahoma, Wyoming, Nebraska, Arkansas, Louisiana.
Clinton, on the other hand, has been projected to win Virginia, Vermont, New Jersey, DC, Massachusetts, Maryland, Delaware, Illinois, Connecticut, Rhode Island. The final result is expected towards midnight (05:00 GMT).
Both candidates scored victories in states where they were expected to win. Trump captured conservative states in the South and Midwest, while Clinton swept several states on the East Coast and Illinois in the Midwest. Trump is in the lead in the key swing state of Florida, with about 95% of the votes being counted so far.
“We feel good about Pennsylvania and Michigan and think that New Hampshire will hold up as well. Those plus New Hampshire or Nevada remains the most likely path to 270,” a senior aide for Hillary Clinton has told the Wall Street Journal.
To become president, a candidate needs to win at least 270 of the 538 votes of the “electors” of the electoral college, which is a body of people representing each state.