With the first results of the bitterly contested US polls trickling in, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump were running neck and neck after notching victories in their respective Democratic and Republican bastions in the country.
Clinton was projected to win in Vermont with three electoral college votes, Illinois which has 20, Massachusetts with 11, Rhode Island (4), New Jersey (14), Maryland (10), Delaware (3) and Washington DC (3).
Trump, on the other hand, was projected to win in Indiana which has 11 electoral college votes, Kentucky (eight), Tennessee (11), Mississippi (6), Oklahoma (7) South Carolina (nine) and Alabama (nine).
To win the presidential election, a candidate needs 270 of the 538 electoral college votes.
Initial reports indicate that Trump has a more difficult path to victory than Clinton.
In terms of overall vote percentage, Trump has so far received 51.4 per cent of the votes counted so far as against 44.4 per cent gained by Clinton.