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Hillary Clinton will win Virginia

Posted at 10:53 PM, Nov 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-08 22:53:45-05

WASHINGTON — Hillary Clinton will win the key state of Virginia, CNN projects.

Donald Trump will win the key state of Ohio, CNN projects.

Trump and Clinton are fighting an epic battle over the swing states that will decide who becomes the next President.

Tight races in Florida, Ohio, North Carolina and Virginia suggest Trump has an increasingly possible path to the 270 electoral votes he needs to win the White House.

The GOP nominee is running a surprisingly close race in Virginia, home to Clinton’s running mate and a state that Democrats had felt was safely in their column.

The mood in the Clinton campaign has shifted dramatically as they frantically try to understand what’s happening in Florida. A senior adviser conceded the campaign’s modeling was off, but still believed Clinton has enough votes still out to take the state.

That prospect quickly sent global markets tumbling, amid fears his vow to ditch global trade deals and brand China a currency manipulator would spark global economic shocks. Dow futures plummeted 500 points, or almost 3%, Wednesday night. Major indexes in Asia are falling by similar amounts.

Regardless of who prevails, history will be made as Americans elect either their first woman president or side with the ultimate political outsider.

Both candidates argue the election presents an unusually significant choice for a divided nation. Democrats warn that Trump, with his rhetoric on race, gender and immigration, would represent a rejection of core American values. Trump insists his campaign represents America’s last chance to drive out a corrupt political establishment that has turned its back on hard-working Americans.

New York is the center of the political universe this Election Day. This is the first campaign since 1944 in which both candidates are from the Empire State. And their election night parties are being held a mile and a half apart in Manhattan.