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Donald Trump moves within striking distance of the White House

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Supporters of Republican nominee for president Donald Trump react to returns as they come in on televisions around the room at the New York Hilton Midtown on November 8. Photo by John Angelillo/UPI
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Hillary supporters react to the state of North Carolina being declared for Donald Trump during Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's election night rally at the Javits Center in New York on November 8, 2016. Photo by Kevin Dietsch/UPI
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A Trump supporter makes his way through the crowds who gather to watch the election returns being broadcasted on giant video screens in Times Square on Tuesday. Photo by Monika Graff/UPI
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Hillary Clinton supporters cry during the vote count at the Democratic candidate's election night rally at the Javits Center in New York. Photo by Kevin Dietsch/UPI
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Vanderlgi and Carla Tosti of Brazil anxiously watch the election returns being broadcasted on a giant video screen in Times Square in New York City on Tuesday. Photo by Monika Graff/UPI
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Hillary Clinton supporters react to the vote count at the Democratic candidate's election night rally at the Javits Center in New York on November 8, 2016. Photo by Kevin Dietsch/UPI
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Supporters watch returns at Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's election night rally at the Javits Center in New York on Tuesday. Photo by Kevin Dietsch/UPI
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Supporters cheer at the state of Virginia being called for Hillary Clinton at her election night rally at the Javits Center in New York on Tuesday. Photo by Kevin Dietsch/UPI
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A Hillary Clinton supporter with boxing gloves cheers at the state of Virginia being called for Clinton at her election night rally at the Javits Center in New York on Tuesday. Photo by Pat Benic/UPI
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Mariama Jalloh (L), her sister Asiatou and Safiatou Bah snap a selfie as crowds gather in Times Square on Election Day in New York City. Photo by Monika Graff/UPI
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Counterterrorism police patrol as crowds gather to watch the election returns being broadcast on giant video screens in Times Square Tuesday. Photo by Monika Graff/UPI
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Supporters of Republican nominee for president Donald Trump react to returns as they come in on televisions around the room on Election Day at the New York Hilton Midtown in New York City. Photo by John Angelillo/UPI
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Supporters watch returns at Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's election night rally at the Javits Center in New York on Tuesday. Photo by Kevin Dietsch/UPI
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Supporters of Republican Donald Trump react to returns as they come in on televisions around the room on Election Day at the New York Hilton Midtown. Photo by John Angelillo/UPI
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Ten-year-old sisters Chase (L) and Josie Cerrell, Americans living in London, sport painted faces at Hillary Clinton's election night rally at the Javits Center in New York on November 8, 2016. Photo by Pat Benic/UPI
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Crowds gather below a news scroll as they watch the election returns being broadcasted on giant video screens in Times Square on Election Day in New York City. Photo by Monika Graff/UPI
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Jerry Crawford, election deputy is seen closing the Good Shepard Church voting station in West Palm Beach, Fla., on Tuesday. Photo by Gary I Rothstein/UPI
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The U.S. Capitol is lit during the closing hours of Election Day in Washington, D.C. Millions of Americans headed to the polls Tuesday to choose the nation's 45th president, either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump. Photo by Molly Riley/UPI
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Keith Witherspoon dresses in the likes of President Barack Obama as crowds gather in Times Square on Election Day on Tuesday in New York City. Photo by Monika Graff/UPI
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A group of Hillary Clinton supporters with Riviera Beach Mayor Bishop Thomas Masters (L-R) Debra Mccoy,Viginia Clark, Dorothy Harrell and Jessica Harrell are seen at the Wells Recreation Center and Park voting center in Riviera Beach, Fla., on Tuesday. Photo by Gary I Rothstein/UPI
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Virginia residents line up to vote on Election Day at Mt. Vernon Center in Alexandria, Va., on Tuesday. Photo by Molly Riley/UPI
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Virginia residents line up to vote at Cora Kelly Center in Alexandria, Va., on November 8, 2016. Millions of Americans head to the polls Tuesday to choose the nation's 45th president, either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump. Photo by Molly Riley/UPI
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Voters fill out their ballots at Mt. Vernon Center in Alexandria, Va., on November 8, 2016. Millions of Americans head to the polls Tuesday to choose the nation's 45th president, either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump. Photo by Molly Riley/UPI
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Voters fill out their ballots at Mt. Vernon Center in Alexandria, Va., on November 8, 2016. Millions of Americans head to the polls Tuesday to choose the nation's 45th president, either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump. Photo by Molly Riley/UPI
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Virginia residents line up to vote on election day at Cora Kelly Center in Alexandria, Va., on November 8, 2016. Millions of Americans head to the polls Tuesday to choose the nation's 45th president, either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump. Photo by Molly Riley/UPI
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Virginia residents walk out after voting at Cora Kelly Center in Alexandria, Va., on November 8, 2016. Millions of Americans head to the polls Tuesday to choose the nation's 45th president, either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump. Photo by Molly Riley/UPI
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Donald Trump stood just 19 electoral votes shy of the presidency early Wednesday after a string of swing state victories, according to projections by UPI/CVoter.
Hillary Clinton's campaign chairman John Podesta addressed grim-faced supporters at her election night rally in New York, telling them just after 2 a.m. EST they should go home and "get some sleep" because vote-counting could last through the night in a handful of states that will decide the presidency.
"It's been a long night and it's been a long campaign but I can say, we can wait a little longer, can't we? They're still counting votes and every vote should count. Several states are too close to call and we're not going to have anything more to say tonight," Podesta said.
The Clinton campaign did not concede, though her path to a victory remained perilously slim in the Electoral College.
In addition to Florida and Ohio that were called previously for Trump, UPI/CVoter projected he would win Iowa, Georgia and North Carolina. It is also projected Clinton would win Nevada.
The electoral count stood at 251-215 in favor of Trump after 2 a.m., with 270 electoral votes needed to win the presidency.
The Florida victory was imperative for Trump coming into Tuesday and polls there showed a close race. By virtue of capturing the nation's largest swing state, with 29 electoral votes, he opened several paths through the Electoral College to reach the 270 threshold for victory.
In winning Ohio, Trump captured a state that has long been at the heart of the Republican path to the White House. In fact, no Republican has ever won the presidency without its 18 electoral votes.
For Clinton, Nevada, Virginia and Colorado were states she had led for months, though it remained a tight race in each. They added a combined 28 electoral votes to her total.
Other battleground states remained too close to call.
The remaining as-yet uncalled battleground states include Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, Wisconsin, and Michigan, meaning Clinton could ill afford losses in any of them, especially Pennsylvania, the largest battleground state left on the map -- and one where the candidates were separated by only a few thousand votes out of millions cast.
For a map of the states already called, click here.
In other races, Republicans have retained their majority in the House of Representatives and likely the Senate as well, lending the possibility of a full Republican takeover of the executive and legislative branches, something the nation has not seen since the first two years of President Barack Obama's first term.
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