Trump wins battlegrounds Florida, Ohio, North Carolina

Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump was the projected winner in the crucial battleground states of Florida, North Carolina and Ohio on Tuesday, widening an incredible path to victory for the billionaire real-estate mogul and reality TV star.

Democrat Hillary Clinton’s tally included swing states Colorado and Virginia as the election of the nation’s 45th president neared a frenzied conclusion.

Key swing states that were too close to call included New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin and Nevada.

Trump’s strong early showing brought angst to world financial markets around the globe, with the Dow Jones industrial average falling as much as 500 points in after-hours trading. Brad McMillan, chief investment officer at Commonwealth Financial Network, said a Trump win would spark uncertainty and likely result in a steep fall in stock prices Wednesday.

Trump claimed early victories in Idaho, North Carolina, Florida, Ohio, Missouri, Montana, Louisiana, Arkansas,Kansas, North Dakota, South Dakota, Texas, Wyoming, Alabama, West Virginia, Kentucky, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee and Indiana. Indiana is a historically red state and home to Trump’s running mate, Gov. Mike Pence.

“Thank you Indiana for making our state first on the board to vote to Make America Great Again! @realDonaldTrump,” Pence tweeted.