The Donald dreams of incredible victory after he takes Ohio, North Carolina, Florida and Wisconsin and takes shock lead in Michigan on a night that confounded all the experts
Millions of Americans are heading to the polls after the most divisive and bitter presidential election in recent memory
Clinton or Trump will need 270 electoral votes to win – Clinton now has 215 while Trump has 244
Trump claimed wins in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming
Clinton, a former secretary of state, earned victories in California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Nevada, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, Washington and the District of Columbia
States whose winners couldn’t be projected immediately included Arizona, Michigan and Minnesota
As vote-counters put Ohio in Trump’s win column, and took it away from Clinton the New York Times’ live presidential forecast gave the billionaire builder an 91 per cent chance of winning the White House
Donald Trump is on the verge of a seismic victory in the presidential election – with just one state standing between him and the White House.
If either Michigan or Pennsylvania are declared for the Republican he will lock Hillary Clinton out of the race by gaining more than 270 electoral college votes.
At 1am eastern standard time, with every vote in the nation cast, he had 244 electoral college votes thanks to a series of dramatic victories.
He won Ohio, Georgia, North Carolina and Florida, as well as a series of states he was predicted to win. Clinton had little to show for her campaigning, with Virginia and Nevada offering little consolation.
As her party fell flat and supporters streamed away in tears, she was locked in a hotel suite just round the corner from Trump Tower, protected behind a wall of minders and with aides who refused to speak to the press.
Trump is now leading in Michigan and Pennsylvania by wafer-thin margins, with analysts declaring both too close to call until every vote had been counted.
At Trump Tower, the candidate retired to his apartment to ‘take a moment’ with this wife. At his planned victory celebration, supporters chanted ‘lock her up’ as states after state fell.
The big breakthrough was the fall of Florida. As a Florida victory looked imminent, young Trump fans chanted at giant TVs: ‘Call it! Call it! Call it!’
Then it fell – Clinton had poured millions into the state, but it was not enough.
Next came Ohio, with 18 electoral college votes.
As vote-counters put the Buckeye state in Trump’s win column, and took it away from Democrat Hillary Clinton – President Obama won it twice – the New York Times’ live presidential forecast gave the billionaire builder an 95 per cent chance of winning the White House.
That grew to ‘95%’, its highest possible number.
Then came North Carolina with 15 votes going to Trump. When its result was set in stone, the Manhattan ballroom where Trump supporters gathered Tuesday night erupted in screams of ‘USA! USA!’
As the clock ticked towards midnight, Georgia fell, with another 16 votes. Aides to Clinton, who hoped to become America’s first female president, told Fox News that she was ‘expecting a long night’.
His Florida margin was less than 2 per cent. In North Carolina it was 4. Ohio became a surprising cakewalk, ending in an 11-point runaway.
Earlier, before the good news began to trickle in, a senior Trump campaign official admitted to CNN as the results poured in: ‘It will take a miracle for us to win.’
When the network called the Illinois race in Clinton’s favor, the crowd let out loud boos. One woman yelled. ‘Lock her up!’
Other important states whose winners couldn’t be projected immediately included Arizona, Michigan and Minnesota.
Millions of Americans cast votes Tuesday for the two polarizing candidates who have split much of America into warring camps.
Clinton, a former secretary of state, earned victories in California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia and the District of Columbia.
Virginia looked like a squeaker early: With 81 per cent counted, Clinton led Trump by less than 2,000 votes out of 3 million cast.
But many of the late-reporting precincts in the Old Dominion were in four counties where Democrats typically win sizable majorities.
Trump, the real estate tycoon, claimed wins in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming.
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