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Trump wins Florida and Ohio, Clinton takes Virginia and Colorado

"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
Donald Trump, Republican Presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton, Democrat Presidential candidate

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.

The prospect of a Trump win quickly sent global markets tumbling, amid fears his vow to ditch global trade deals and brand China a currency manipulator would spark global economic shocks. Dow futures plummeted 500 points, or almost 3%, Wednesday night. Major indexes in Asia are falling by similar amounts.
So far, Trump has won 21 states, including Texas. Clinton has come out on top in New York and 13 other states along with the District of Columbia. Clinton has 190 electoral votes compared to 186 electoral votes for Trump, according to CNN projections.

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.

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