US election 2016 results: Trump takes commanding lead over Clinton

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Republican candidate Donald Trump is edging closer to the US presidency after a string of stunning victories over Hillary Clinton in swing states. He won Florida, Ohio, Iowa and North Carolina, while Democrat Mrs Clinton took Virginia and Nevada, ABC projects. Pennsylvania is too close to call.

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New Hampshire, Michigan and Wisconsin – which were meant to be part of the Clinton firewall – are cliffhangers.

Markets lurched as Mrs Clinton’s path to victory began to narrow.

The US dollar and Mexican peso plummeted while the Dow futures dropped 800 points. Mr Trump is closing in on the 270 out of 538 electoral college votes needed to declare victory.

The mood is dark at Mrs Clinton’s election night party in New York City.

Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta signalled she was not ready to concede, telling the party faithful: “She is not done yet.”

But supporters were crying and staring stony-faced at the big screens showing election results.

At Trump headquarters across town, his fans were cheering and chanting about the Democratic nominee: “Lock her up!”

Mrs Clinton won the Democratic heartlands of California, Oregon, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maryland, Vermont, Delaware, Illinois, Rhode Island, Hawaii, Washington, Maine and District of Columbia, as well as New Mexico and Colorado.

Mr Trump, a 70-year-old Manhattan real estate tycoon, and Mrs Clinton, who is 69 and would be the first female US president, voted on Tuesday in New York City.

The Republican was booed as he arrived to cast his ballot at a school in Manhattan, alongside his wife, Melania, and daughter, Ivanka.

The two presidential hopefuls are spending election night in New York City, staging events barely a mile apart.

Mrs Clinton was due to address supporters at the Javits Centre in Manhattan, while Mr Trump holds an event at the Hilton Midtown hotel.

More than 5,000 police officers have been deployed across America’s biggest city to keep order on election night.

On Tuesday, Mr Trump again declined to say whether he will accept the results.

“We’re going to see how things play out,” he told Fox News, while alleging there had been voting irregularities. “I want to see everything honest.”

Some polling locations have reported equipment failures and long lines, but they appeared to be routine problems.

Source: BBC News

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