US election 2016 results: Trump takes lead over Clinton

Republican candidate Donald Trump has taken a commanding lead over Hillary Clinton in the key swing states that will decide the White House election, the BBC reports. 

He won Florida, Ohio, Iowa and North Carolina, while Democrat Mrs Clinton took Virginia and Nevada, ABC projects. Pennsylvania is too close to call.

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

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.

Iowa last voted for a Republican in 2004.

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