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Donald Trump took battleground states Pennsylvania and Florida in what marked surprise wins on Tuesday night. Florida — which the GOP nominee needed to secure to ensure a path toward victory over Hillary Clinton — awarded Trump 29 electoral votes.
Trump’s lead is strong over Hillary Clinton, with projected wins in 25 states, including Ohio.
The Associated Press also projected Trump as the winner of Georgia, North Carolina, Iowa, Idaho, Nebraska, Missouri, Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana, Oklahoma, West Virginia, Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming, Kansas, Texas, Arkansas, Montana, Utah, Alaska and South Carolina, giving him 267 electoral votes.
Clinton was projected as the winner of Maine, Nevada, Washington, Oregon, California, Hawaii, Virginia, Colorado, New Mexico, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Maryland, Washington, D.C., Delaware, Illinois, New York and Vermont. Total, the states allot her 218 electoral votes.
In major Senate races, former Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio won another term in Florida. Illinois Rep. Tammy Duckworth defeated GOP nominee Mark Kirk to take one of the state’s Senate seats. In New York, Sen. Chuck Schumer was re-elected to his Senate position. House Speaker Paul Ryan was also re-elected to his seat.
Before the first exit poll results arrived on Tuesday, numerous states were reporting record voter turnout in what was already expected to be a historical election.
With most polls opening as early as 6 a.m. across the country, states like Michigan saw a huge surge in those arriving to the polls.
“Historically we have in the mid 60s [percent voter turnout]. In 2008, we had 67.5 and in 2012 we had 64.1,” Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson told CBS Detroit. “This year, our absentees are up nine percent. Whether that will translate to the polls or not, we’ll find out.”
Polls in Michigan close at 8 p.m. That state has gone to the Democrats since 1992, but Trump’s campaigning in the state could lead to a flip, according to pundits.
In swing state North Carolina, the Durham County Board of Elections requested a last-minute extension of polling hours after a glitch in their electronic voting system, reported CNN.
The board sent their recommendation to the state Board of Elections at 1:30 p.m. EST, according to CNN. The glitch required at least five precincts to switch to paper poll books. No votes cast were affected — only wait times, due to the check-in glitch.
Colorado also experienced some issues, with the voter registration system experiencing a 30 minute outage in parts of the state, the Colorado secretary of state tweeted.
The outage happened between 2:47 p.m. and 3:16 p.m, local time, Wayne Williams said. The system has since been back online.
Violence broke out at a Florida polling location, resulting in police charges in the early morning hours, according to The Washington Post. A Trump supporter allegedly sprayed a man with mace after they exchanged words in the parking lot in front of the Jupiter polling place. Police told CNN that a 52-year-old woman got into a heated argument with a man, and “he got so close to her that he put her in fear for her safety, at which time she sprayed him with mace.”
Just before 5 p.m., Clinton was seen leaving her home in Chappaqua, New York, heading toward New York City in a motorcade. She will host an Election Night party at Manhattan’s Javits Center.
Trump spent most of the day at Trump Tower, also in Manhattan. The GOP nominee’s party will be hosted, however, at the New York Hilton Midtown. Ahead of the night, a cake made in Trump’s likeness was spotted being wheeled into his headquarters.
According to the Washington Post, there was only a cash bar at the Trump’s party, with mixed drinks and wine at $13, and beer between $10-11. Also at the event, Apprentice star and Trump surrogate Omarosa Manigault reportedly told journalists that the businessman wrote an acceptance and concession speech, reported the Post.
Both candidates cast their ballots earlier in the day, Tuesday — Trump at a midtown Manhattan elementary school, and Clinton in Chappaqua.