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Donald Trump becomes 45th President of US

Trump snatches lead in key battlegrounds A candidate must secure 270 of the 538 electoral college votes to declare victory.

WASHINGTON, NOV 09:  He has won Florida, Ohio and North Carolina, while Democratic nominee Mrs Clinton took Virginia, Pennsylvania is too close to call. Trump is all set to become 45th President of the United States of America.

The race is deadlocked in Michigan, which has not voted for a Republican White House candidate since 1988.

Markets lurched as Mrs Clinton’s path to victory seemed less assured.

The US dollar and Mexican peso plummeted while the Dow futures dropped more than 650 points.

Mr Trump’s Ohio win was a big boost to him, as no Republican has ever taken the White House without winning the Midwestern bellwether.

He also won Iowa, which last voted for a Republican in 2004.

The Republican nominee earlier racked up wins in the Midwest and South, while Mrs Clinton swept the Northeast, As expected, he has also been victorious in the Republican strongholds of Utah, Alabama, Kentucky, South Carolina, Nebraska, Indiana, West Virginia, Mississippi, Tennessee, Oklahoma and Texas, ABC projects.

And he is forecast to win Missouri, Montana, Louisiana, Arkansas, Kansas, North Dakota, South Dakota, Idaho and Wyoming – all solidly conservative states.

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

A candidate must secure 270 of the 538 electoral college votes to declare victory.

Voting has now ended everywhere but Alaska, and full results are expected imminently

With investors worried a Trump victory could cause economic and global uncertainty, the U.S. dollar sank and stock markets slammed into reverse in wild Asian trading. Opinion polls before Election Day had given Clinton a slim lead..=DNA


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