US elections 2016: Republican Donald Trump has stolen a huge march over Democrat Hillary Clinton in the race for White House, buy winning Ohio! According to latest projections, Trump has won Ohio after a close and nail biting battle with his arch rival Clinton. In the bitter race to the White House, around six states are expected to play a key role in deciding which way the battle will go. The race is still too close to call in North Carolina, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire and Virginia, states that could be vital to deciding which contender wins the presidency. Both candidates scored early 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.
Those victories were long predicted and not especially significant in the national race, which is likely to turn on a half-dozen toss-up states that will be crucial in the state-by-state fight for 270 Electoral College votes needed to win. Clinton had more options to reach 270, with Trump needing a virtual sweep of about six toss-up states to win.
In a presidential campaign that focused more on the character of the candidates than on policy, Clinton, 69, a former US secretary of state, and Trump, 70, a New York businessman, accused each other of being fundamentally unfit to lead the country. Trump again raised the possibility on Tuesday of not accepting the election’s outcome, saying he had seen reports of voting irregularities. He gave few details and Reuters could not immediately verify the existence of such problems. In North Carolina, the state elections board extended voting hours in eight Durham County locations after technical errors led to long waits.
(With inputs from Reuters)