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    Too Early to Speak of US Presidential Election Outcome - US Ambassador to Russia

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    It is still too early to speak about US presidential election results as votes in several swing states are still being counted, US ambassador to Russia John Tefft said Wednesday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) Republican nominee Donald Trump is currently leading with the votes still being counted. Trump is ahead of his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton with 238 Electoral College votes to 215, with 270 needed to win, according to the CNN analysis.

    The ambassador stressed the importance of every vote with the outcome of the election still uncertain in New Hampshire, Arizona and Michigan, which are considered to be battleground states.

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