The few ongoing counts indicate with high certainty that Donald Trump won the US presidential election. He has chosen important and competitive states for himself, the so-called swing states.
These include Florida, Ohio, North Carolina and Iowa. Trump leads the electorate with 264: 215.
He is also ahead in Wisconsin and Michigan – states in the industrialized northeast, where the Republican is clearly doing better than predicted. Swing State Pennsylvania could also go to him, the AP agency sees him there as the winner. The favorite democrat Hillary Clinton lags behind in these crucial states.
Anyone who wants to move into the White House as the successor to Barack Obama on January 20 needs the votes of at least 270 voters. The candidate who has the most votes nationwide does not win, the US President is only indirectly elected by the people. Each state has a certain number of votes in a 538-strong body of electoral men and women. The number depends on the population size of each state.
Trump has also won the votes of voters in the states Utah, Idaho, Georgia, Alabama, Arkansas, Nebraska, Louisiana, Indiana, Kentucky, West Virginia, Oklahoma, Mississippi, Tennessee, Kansas, Texas, Wyoming, North und South Dakota, Montana such as South Carolina.
Clinton won in California, Oregon, Colorado, New York, Virginia, New Mexico, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Delaware, Maryland, District of Columbia, Illinois such as Vermont.
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In the last hours of the election campaign, both opponents had tried everything to get citizens to their side in particularly hotly contested US states. Both again invested millions of dollars in TV commercials.
After midnight on election day, Clinton held another event with pop star Lady Gaga in Raleigh, North Carolina. She gave her followers a recommendation in case their children and grandchildren later asked what they had done in 2016 “when everything was at stake”. The answer was loud: “You voted for a stronger, fairer, better America – an America where we build bridges, not walls.”
Trump meanwhile completed his last day as a candidate in Grand Rapids, Michigan. “Today is our Independence Day,” he quoted a slightly modified quote from the Hollywood film “Independence Day” from 1996. “We are finally ending the chapter in the history books about the Clintons, their lives, their machinations, their corruption.”
About 219 million people were eligible to vote. The prerequisite was that a voter registered and was not excluded from the election – for example because of a criminal past. More than 42 million Americans had voted early.
The detailed election results can be found in the graphic: