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 | License Photo
WASHINGTON, Nov. 8 (UPI) -- 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.