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Trump collects swing seats, upset looms

dpa logodpa 9/11/2016 Frank Fuhrig

Donald Trump has roped in a string of important swing states as he nears the threshold to win the US presidency.

Republican nominee Donald Trump has roped in a string of important swing states as he neard the threshold of electoral votes needed to win the US presidency.

Trump was leading 244-209 in electoral votes over Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, based on projections by major US broadcasters, with nine of the 50 states yet to be decided.

Each state's electoral college value is weighted by population. A candidate needs 270 votes to clinch the White House.

Trump has captured 25 states, while Clinton has won 16 states.

Vote counting is still underway in several hard-fought states where no winner has yet been projected: New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Arizona and Nevada.

Trump has won Indiana, Kentucky, South Carolina, West Virginia, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Alabama, Texas, Kansas, Wyoming, South Dakota, North Dakota, Nebraska, Arkansas, Louisiana, Montana, Missouri, Ohio, Idaho, North Carolina, Utah, Florida, Iowa and Georgia.

Clinton has won Vermont, Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, Illinois, New Jersey, Rhode Island, New York, New Mexico, Virginia, Colorado, California, Hawaii, Oregon and Washington state, plus the District of Colombia.

Trump narrowly led 48.2 per cent to 47.2 per cent in the popular vote, which is not decisive.

Republicans, who held a majority in the House of Representatives, retained control of the lower chamber as widely expected, according to network projections.

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