Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton are locked in a tight race in several battleground states, as America’s divisive and ugly presidential election campaign comes to an end.
Trump is projected to win Michigan, which has not gone Republican in three decades. Meanwhile, Clinton is projected to win in Califonia, Virginia, and Washington. It was still too close to call in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and New Hampshire, leaving the race for the White House on a razor’s edge.
Updated results can be found here.
Polls pointed towards a big Clinton win — something that was quashed as votes came in along America’s east coast. Trump managed to take North Carolina and Florida and took a lead in several Rust Belt states including Michigan, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania.
The uncertainty sent Dow futures and Asian markets tumbling, reflecting investor concern over what a Trump presidency might mean for the economy and trade.
Just before 10 p.m. ET, S&P 500 e-minis were down 65 points, or 3.04 per cent, with 719,267 contracts changing hands. Nasdaq 100 e-minis were down 139.5 points, or 2.9 per cent, on volume of 92,108 contracts, and Dow e-minis were down 458 points, or 2.5 per cent, with 127,944 contracts changing hands.
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