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Donald Trump wins US presidential election

Trump won the key battleground state of Ohio & led Hillary Clinton in a series of other states.

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump arrives on stage with his family to speak to supporters during election night at the New York Hilton Midtown in New York on 9 November, 2016. Trump won the US presidency. PICTURE: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG – Republican Donald Trump has won the US presidential elections after scoring a series of surprising key battleground states.

Trump won the key battleground state of Ohio and led Democrat Hillary Clinton in a series of other states that were too close to call, including Florida and North Carolina.

Shortly after Fox called Wisconsin for Trump, supporters at his election evening rally in New York began to chant “lock her up” - a common refrain on the campaign trail for the former U.S. secretary of state repeatedly dubbed “Crooked Hillary” by the volatile Trump.

A packed crowd in the lobby of Trump’s new hotel in Washington DC chanted “lock her up” and “USA, USA, USA” as state after state was called for Trump.

Trump captured conservative states in the South and Midwest, while Clinton swept several states on the East Coast and Illinois in the Midwest. Clinton won Nevada and Virginia.

The US dollar sank and stock markets slammed into reverse in wild Asian trade on Wednesday as early results pointed to a nail-biter and investors stampeded to safe-haven assets.

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Both candidates had historically low popularity ratings, although Trump's were worse than Clinton’s, in an election that many voters characterized as a choice between two unpleasant alternatives.

Before Tuesday’s voting, Clinton led Trump, 44 percent to 39 percent in the last Reuters/Ipsos national tracking poll. A Reuters/Ipsos States of the Nation poll gave her a 90 percent chance of defeating Trump and becoming the first woman elected US president.

Also at stake on Tuesday was control of the US Congress. Republicans will maintain their six-year control over the House of Representatives, major TV networks projected, and were on track to defend their Senate majority, as well, against a handful of failed Democratic challengers.

Republican control of Congress would give the party a strong chance of enacting much of Trump's agenda, if he won the presidency.

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