Donald Trump poised for victory: 6 things that happened while you were asleep

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If you're just waking up to news that Donald Trump is poised to become president of the United States, you might be wondering what exactly you missed.

So here it is. Before we get started, a quick reminder. In order to win, the candidates need to get 270 or more electoral college votes. Each state has a set number of electoral college votes to hand out, based on population.

1. Trump is coming increasingly closer to clinching the presidency.

The electoral college

As of 6am UK time, Trump had 244 electoral college votes to Clinton's 215, with 8 states to go, most of which are thought to be favourable to Trump.

He holds 53,917,537 of the popular votes cast, compared with Clinton's 52,609,600.

2. The swing states swung for Trump.

As usual for US elections, certain states were regarded as key battlegrounds. Trump took most of them by narrow margins, including Florida, Ohio, North Carolina

Clinton did claim some swing states of her own, including Colorado and Nevada - but it looks like it wasn't enough.

3. Trump's aides called victory before he had won Florida or Ohio

Layne Bangerter, director of the Trump for President campaign in Idaho, said the Republican candidate had won the race for the White House at 03.32am UK time, before Trump had even won crucial swing states Ohia and Florida. He said: "I'm saying it's over - the voice of the people has risen up."

He may well have called it correctly.

4. Markets suffered as the close race spooked investors.

(Shizuo Kambayashi/AP)
(Shizuo Kambayashi/AP)

The dollar and shares have tumbled as Donald Trump made impressive gains in the race for the White House and his aides began claiming victory.

In scenes likened to the aftermath of the Brexit vote, share benchmarks across Asia tumbled and the Mexican peso nose-dived as the battle to win in Florida, a battleground state, went down to the wire before being seized by the Republican.

5. Trump lodged a complaint in Nevada.

Trump's campaign announced it was seeking an investigation in the battleground state of Nevada over reports that some early voting locations had allowed people to join queues to vote after polls were scheduled to close.

His team wanted the votes made in those two hours not to be "co-mingled or interspersed" with the rest of the vote cast in early voting. The request was denied by District Court Judge Gloria Sturman.

6. Both candidates used social media sparingly.

Both Clinton and Trump shied away from social media as the votes were counted. Trump tweeted a picture of his family gathered together, but Clinton's tweet seemed less optimistic.