, WASHINGTON, United States Nov 9 – Republican Donald Trump was just 16 electoral votes away from the Presidency on Wednesday morning, in what is likely to be a shock victory over Hillary Clinton who was largely predicted to win.
The string of early gains for the Republican billionaire businessman has jolted world markets and stunned Clinton’s supporters, with some reported to be stone-faced and crying at the Clinton Headquarters.
Clinton — the Democratic former first lady, senator and secretary of state — began the day as the narrow favorite to win the White House and become America’s first female president, but was quickly overtaken by Trump in results from key states.
According to major international media projections, Trump is ahead with 248 electoral votes counted so far, against Clinton’s 218 of the 270 required to be declared winner.
But Clinton’s campaign chair John Podesta has however, warned 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.”