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Trump wins key states of Florida, Ohio and NC, causing market tumble in Asia

NEW YORK -- Republican candidate Donald Trump won the key states of Florida, Ohio and North Carolina in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, gaining significant electoral votes that could lead him to the White House.  On that prospect, share prices tumbled across Asia.

To win the presidency, a candidate must secure 270 electoral votes, which are apportioned state by state based on population. By taking those states -- where  Democratic contender Hillary Clinton had campaigned relentlessly -- the New York billionaire gained a major and unexpected boost. He also claimed a solid victory in Georgia.

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