- Title: California polls close as Americans await results from battleground states
- Date: 9th November 2016
- Summary: MANHATTAN BEACH, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES (NOVEMBER 8, 2016) (REUTERS) LAST VOTER CASTS VOTE AND LEAVES, AS POLLING STATION VOLUNTEER RIPS OFF SIGN THAT READS IN ENGLISH: 'BALLOT BOX FOR 4100001F' VARIOUS OF DOORS BEING SHUT VARIOUS OF POLLING STATION VOLUNTEER COUNTING VARIOUS OF POLLING STATION VOLUNTEERS TAKING APART POLLING STATION WOMAN LIFTS MACHINE FROM ATOP OF BOX WITH BALLOTS IN IT VOLUNTEERS SORTING BALLOTS AFTER STATION HAS CLOSED
- Embargoed: 24th November 2016 04:15
- Keywords: West Coast presidential Trump Clinton votes
- Location: MANHATTAN BEACH, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES
- City: MANHATTAN BEACH, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES
- Country: USA
- Topics: Government/Politics,Elections/Voting
- Reuters ID: LVA00157Q1B2F
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text:A polling station in Manhattan Beach, California, closed its doors just after 11:00pm EST (0400 GMT) on Tuesday (November 8) in a traditionally blue state.
Republican Donald Trump won the key battleground state of Ohio on Tuesday and led Democrat Hillary Clinton in a series of other states that were too close to call, including Florida and North Carolina, in a surprisingly close race for the White House.
With voting completed in 44 of the 50 U.S. states, the race was tight in Florida, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and New Hampshire, leaving the race for the White House on a knife's edge.
Clinton had more options to reach 270, with Trump needing a virtual sweep of about six toss-up states to win. But a Trump win in all those three states would leave Clinton needing to win the remaining battlegrounds including Pennsylvania, Michigan and either Nevada or New Hampshire.
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.
As of 10:35 p.m. EST (0335 GMT on Wednesday), Trump had 167 electoral votes to Clinton's 131, with U.S. television networks projecting the winner in 31 of the 50 states and the District of Columbia.
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