Trump added key battleground states Florida and North Carolina to his haul of state wins in the race for the White House, US television networks projected — dealing a crushing blow to rival Hillary Clinton.
Winning one or both of the southern US states was seen as critical to both candidates, but Trump needed Florida — the Sunshine State — to have a viable path to the magic number of 270 Electoral College votes.
Clinton’s campaign chair John Podesta has however, said that it is still too close to call, with several states still up in the air even as Trump appeared to be on the cusp of clinching the 270 electoral votes needed to win the White House.
Clinton is still holding onto a slim path to victory that hinged on her winning contests balanced on a knife’s edge in Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin.
“They’re still counting votes — every vote should count. Several states are too close to call. So we’re not going to have anything more to say tonight,” Podesta said, indicating that Clinton would not be appearing in the coming hours.
Podesta said Clinton had “done an amazing job, and she is not done yet.”