Donald Trump has won the presidency in a stunning upset that surprised pollsters and media alike.
- Hillary Clinton called Trump to concede the election shortly after Wisconsin was called for the Republican candidate, sealing his victory.
- The former secretary of state did not make a concession speech, instead she allowed advisor John Podesta to tell the crowd at her party in New York’s Javits Center to go home. She’s expected to make a concession speech Thursday early morning, eastern standard time.
- In his victory speech, Trump called for unity, praising Clinton for a hard-fought campaign and saying, “Now it is time for America to heal the wounds of division.”
- Oakland, New York, Los Angeles and Washington DC have seen anti-Trump protests overnight, burning Trump effigies and smashing a window at the Oakland Tribune.
- The Republicans won big all round - maintaining and strengthening its control of the Senate 51-47 after wins in Florida, Pennsylvania and Indiana. Congress also remains Republican controlled 236-191.
- Asian stocks and the US dollar dropped after news of a likely Trump win - and bounced back slightly overnight, but all eyes on the market this morning.
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Obama congratulates Trump, invites to White House
US President Barack Obama called Donald Trump, his newly-elected successor, early Wednesday to congratulate him on his victory and invited him to the White House for talks on Thursday, his office said.
Obama also called Hillary Clinton, his one-time secretary of state and fellow Democrat, to express his "admiration for the strong campaign she waged throughout the country," White House press secretary Josh Earnest said in a statement.
Anti-Trump protests across US
Protests against Trump have broken out in cities across the US, including marches in Oakland, Los Angeles, Portland and New York City.
At the University of California, Los Angeles, there are reports of hundreds of students gathering.
There are also reports of rallies and demonstrations in downtown Portland, in Davis, California and at Columbia University in New York.
PM Sheikh Hasina congratulates Donald Trump
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina wrote a letter to congratulate Donald Trump on his victory and extended an invitation to visit Bangladesh.
Congratulations come from across the world
Marine Le Pen’s far-right Front National has welcomed the results claiming they herald a new world. Marine Le Pen, who is running for president next spring, has long said Trump’s politics were in French interests, congratulated the “free” American people.
Vladimir Putin has sent Trump a telegram to congratulate him, and hopes for joint work to improve US-Russian relations, Russian media reports.
Ukip’s leader Nigel Farage hailed what he described as a revolution in America that has eclipsed the referendum vote to leave the European Union. The US-based British historian Simon Schama said the result was a “calamity for democracy” that will “hearten fascists all over the world”. He also called for a Churchillian figure to mount a fightback.
Viktor Orbán, the hardline nationalist leader of Hungary, said Trump’s victory was great news. “Democracy is still alive,” read a post on his Facebook page.
The Dutch far-right leader and MP Geert Wilders expressed his jubilation after early wins for Trump.
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, who branded Obama a “son of whore” earlier this year, offered “warm congratulations” to Trump.
The German defence minister, Ursula von der Leyen, said the emerging results were a “huge shock”. She told broadcaster ARD: “I think Trump knows that this was not a vote for him but rather against Washington, against the establishment.”
The EU’s foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini was diplomatic. “EU-US ties are deeper than any change in politics,” she tweeted.
Mexico’s former presidential candidate Andrés Manuel López Obrador called for calm. In s video on Facebook he said Mexico was “a free, independent, sovereign country”. “It is not a colony, it is not a protectorate, it does not depend on any foreign government.”
A spokesperson for China’s foreign ministry said Beijing was looking forward to working with the new administration. “We will work with the new US president to ensure the steady and sound development of bilateral relations so as to benefit the people in both countries as well as around the world,” Lu Kang told reporters at a regular press briefing in the Chinese capital.
Sweden’s former prime minister Carl Bildt said 2016 was the year of “double disaster” for the west.
Argentina’s foreign minister, Susana Malcorra, said a Trump win would stall moves to improve relations between the countries due to the “more closed, isolationist and xenophobic” model he represented.
Japan, a key US ally, said it would work closely with Donald Trump to ensure stability in the Asia-Pacific region.
“There is no change to the fact that the Japan-US alliance is the cornerstone of Japanese diplomacy, and Japan will cooperate closely with the US for peace and prosperity in the Asia-Pacific region and the world,” the chief cabinet secretary, Yoshihide Suga, told reporters shortly before Trump was confirmed as president-elect.
The first official reaction from Iran came from the country’s atomic energy agency. A spokesman from the organisation was quoted by the semi-official Tasnim news agency as saying that Tehran would continue abiding by last year’s landmark nuclear deal. Behrouz Kamalvandi said: “Iran is prepared for all kind of change” and that the country “would continue implementing the Barjam,”
Prime minister Najib Razak – embroiled in a corruption scandal at home that is being investigated in the United States – has sent a very admiring congratulatory message.
Trump: This is time for us to come together as one united people
The crowd won’t let Trump speak, chanting, USA!
“Sorry to keep you waiting, complicated business,” Trump says. “Thank you very much.”
“I just received a call from secretary Clinton. She congratulated us, it’s about us, on our victory, and I congratulated her and her family on a very very hard fought campaign. She fought it very well. Hillary has worked very long and very hard over a long period of time, and we owe her a major debt of gratitude to our country.
Clinton called Trump to concede
Both CNN and NBC have reported that Hillary Clinton called Donald Trump to concede the race.
Trump wins Wisconsin
Donald Trump has won the state of Wisconsin. Donald Trump secures 270 votes needed to become the next president of the US.
Outside of Trump Tower
About 50 people are gathered outside Trump Tower- people who support Trump, people who don’t support Trump, and people who just didn’t have anything better to do. There are about 15 people wearing Trump caps, and there have been a couple of low-key arguments. Both ended with impassioned shouts of “Lock her up”.
Ten sanitation department trucks have been parked outside Trump Tower all day, and there is a large police presence here as well.
Then a motorcade, believed to be containing Donald Trump, left Trump Tower. A small crowd shouted “Trump” repeatedly at the car as they passed. Two members of the crowd claimed to have seen Trump standing outside one of the cars before they drove off.
Clinton chair Podesta sends everyone home
Republican wins senate race in Missouri
One of the last two outstanding senate races has ended with a Republican victory. Incumbent Roy Blunt has survived by the skin of his teeth and will be heading back to Capitol Hill, along with Pat Toomey, Ron Johnson, Richard Burr, Marco Rubio, John McCain and others.
Maine splits electoral votes
Three out of four electoral votes go to Clinton. One vote goes to Trump.
A solidly blue state, Obama carried Maine by 17 percentage points in 2008. Maine is one of two states which can split its electoral college votes. Nebraska is the other.
The reporter assigned to cover Clinton for all the networks has reported that she is staying behind in her hotel, as her campaign manager heads to the Javits Center where her supporters have gathered.
Mexico calls a press conference
Mexico’s finance minister Jose Antonio Meade and Central Banker Agustin Carstens have called a press conference at 07:00pm BST on Wednesday. They likely will be discussing the falling value of the peso, and possibly the Wall Donald Trump kept talking about building along the border during his campaign.
Trump wins Pennsylvania
Donald Trump has won the Keystone state and its 20 electoral votes, rocketing him toward the White House. He’s at 264 electoral votes and ahead in counting in Wisconsin, Michigan, and Arizona, any of which makes him president.
Trump campaign manager starts early victory lap
Things that were true: undercover Trump vote; @mike_pence for VP; Hillary's floor & ceiling r same; rally crowds matter; we expanded the map
— Kellyanne Conway (@KellyannePolls) November 9, 2016
Live in Clinton HQ
Republicans retain control of House
The Republicans have clinched a majority in the House of Representatives, extending six years of control of the chamber, with Democratic gains looking modest. Votes are still being counted but the Republicans have won at least 218 House seats, more than enough for a majority.
Fears among some Republicans that Donald Trump's divisive presidential candidacy would cost them seats down the ballot appear not to have been borne out for the most part.
Democrats' chances of retaking the Senate majority are, meanwhile, slipping away as Republicans hang onto key seats in Wisconsin, North Carolina, Indiana and Florida. Democrats kept their seat in Nevada, where Catherine Cortez Masto's win will make her the first Latina US senator.
In a prepared video statement, President Obama praises democracy no matter which candidate wins tonight. He took to Twitter to advise voters to "see each other not simply as Democrats or Republicans but as fellow Americans".
It seems like only yesterday that Clinton supporters were talking about a "landslide victory", but tonight's close result has proven them wrong. The BBC's Chris Gibson has been speaking to Clinton supporters at her rally in New York, including one supporter who thought tonight's news might make her "throw up".
Few wks ago,Clinton aide told me confident of win or "I don't know this country anymore".2nite they will b thinking that even if narrow win
— Kim Ghattas (@BBCKimGhattas) November 9, 2016
What do world's people think?
People's from all around the world posted these Facebook status on US election.
Mo Opiyo Mwela in Heidelberg, Germany, thinks this particular election really explains what "caught between a stone and a hard place means”.
Abdallah Athumani in Tanzania says: "We are supporting Donald Trump in his Presidential race to the US White House. We need to make America great again."
Fatsani Kelvin Nankhwere says this is the beginning of the end of the once greatest nation on earth.
But Berthold Gottschalk says: “There is no democracy in America, it is an oligarchy in the sense that the rich and the powerful basically control the system and perpetuate the means by which they maintain that power.”
Dave Duvalier says: The people are waking up! Brexit began the revolt, Trump will win it for the US.
Trump's chance of victory skyrockets on betting exchanges
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Online trading platform PredictIt and bookermaker Paddy Power showed a massive reversal of fortune for US presidential candidates Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton on Tuesday night, as the New York businessman's chances of taking the White House skyrocketed on both.
Trump stunned many political experts, showing a slight edge on Clinton in several swing states after voting had ended in more than two-thirds of the 50 US states, reports Reuters.
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This is a difficult blow to team Clinton. She had looked strong in North Carolina polls, and the state’s moderate Republican and numerous educated white voters were thought to be prime crossover candidates for her to snap up. In short, a Clinton win in North Carolina owing to Trump’s unique un-favorability among centrist voters, it was thought, would secure the state for her. North Carolina awards its 15 electoral votes to Trump.
Donald Trump has won Idaho. Four more electoral votes for Trump.
Clinton wins Hawaii. Four electoral points.
Trump wins Florida
Donald Trump has taken Florida’s 29 electoral votes. That is a huge win for him.
It means that Clinton is pushed back as tightly as possible against her needed wins in Michigan and Pennsylvania. She’s got no other way now.
And it’s just plainly a stunning win for Trump, in a state where he mostly lagged in the polls, had no campaign ground game to speak of, looked bad in early voting, etc. etc.
Hillary wins Colorado
Hillary Clinton has won Colorado. Another needed pick up for her. That’s nine electoral votes. And it keeps open a pathway to victory should Michigan play nice.
Clinton has also won Virginia, where her running mate Tim Kaine is a senator and former governor. That took a while. Plus 13 for Clinton, much-needed.
Donald Trump has won Ohio. That’s a big win for him, where he led in the polls all along but where Democrats made much in the final weeks of a possible victory. That’s 18 more electoral votes for Trump.
Donald Trump has won the state of Missouri. Ten more electoral votes for Trump.
Clinton wins New Mexico. That was anticipated win for her, but still nice. Five electoral votes for Clinton.
Donald Trump has won Montana, as expected. Three more electoral votes from Big Sky country for Trump.
The big picture right now
Trump’s having a good night. But results in the key battleground state are still out. Pointing to bright points for Trump, we look to Florida, where he is beating previous performances by Republican candidates in many rural counties and in the Tampa and St Petersburg area, which is a lot of people. We look to Virginia, where the race has yet to be called for Clinton, despite strong returns for her in the populous northern counties. And we look to question marks in the upper Midwest, in Wisconsin and Michigan, states that have not gone for a Republican in a presidential election in the last six elections, but where a lot of support for Trump among white, blue-collar voters could tilt the dynamics of the races this year.
Clinton has bright points to point to as well, including that strong performance in Virginia’s northern counties, the fact that portions of Florida yet to count are thought to prefer her strongly, and her solid early voting results in Nevada and elsewhere. She has strong precedent to rely on for possible victory in those aforementioned upper Midwestern states, which help make up her so-called “blue firewall” of states – none of which she has yet lost.
It’s still either candidate’s race.
A bunch of states were just called. Hillary Clinton has won New York, while Donald Trump has claimed Texas, Kansas, North Dakota, Arkansas, South Dakota, Wyoming and Nebraska. All eyes are still on Florida, where Donald Trump is currently clinging to a razor-thin lead. If he loses Florida, he can’t win the election. But if he can hold on and claim its 29 electoral votes, he’ll have an outside shot at an Electoral College majority. It’s the key to everything.
To pull off an election victory, Mr Trump will also need to win North Carolina, where he currently trails, Ohio, which is virtually tied, and a couple more states that lean towards the Democrats. Michigan, Virginia and Pennsylvania are all potential options.
“Donald Trump could be our next president,” said Fox News analyst Chris Wallace, looking at the numbers in Florida. It’s still a longshot, but it’s possible.
Clinton wins New York, where senator Chuck Schumer has been re-elected. Trump’s New York dreams have not come true. But neither have Clinton’s Texas dreams. Trump wins Texas, Wyoming, Kansas, North Dakota and South Dakota, where John Thune has been re-elected to the senate. In Illinois, the Democrats get some good news – they’ve picked up a senate seat, with Representative Tammy Duckworth’s victory over incumbent Mark Kirk.
ABC news projection
Clinton wins Connecticut and Arkansas projected for Trump.
In other news...
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Florida voters have approved a state constitutional amendment on legalizing medical marijuana.#ElectionDay
— Stewart Moore (@Stewartmoore) November 9, 2016
Florida polls right now reminiscent of 2000 Bush vs Gore
Guardian's Richard Wolffe says Florida is looking very vulnerable for Trump. A must win for the GOP, the biggest swing state is leaning positively towards Clinton, he says.
Another six states for Trump, one for Clinton - ABC projections
Clinton is projected to win her home state of New York, but Trump is winning in Texas, Kansas, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming, according to ABC News. Trump is also projected to win the Nebraska state vote - 4 out of 5 electoral college votes. None of these are seen as battleground states, reports BBC.
News reports and analysis from across the US suggest that voter turnout might break records in some states in this election. Google Trends reports that searches beginning with "How to vote for…" are at the highest ever rate.
Court rejects Trump lawsuit
A Nevada judge rejects a request by Donald Trump's presidential campaign for an immediate order to be issued in its lawsuit over concerns about voting at a polling place in Las Vegas that remained open after polling hours.
Republican Party alleges election fraud in Pennsylvania
Hillary's campaign in two minutes
After a 577-day march to the US presidential election, look at the highs and lows of Hillary Clinton’s campaign – from the day she launched her candidacy on 13 April 2015 to her final rally on Tuesday night
Voting problems in North Carolina
The electronic voting system has been causing problems in North Carolina. Several NC counties - Cleveland, Gates, Orange, Cumberland, Wake, Craven and Forsyth - said election officials were having issues checking people in to vote.
The North Carolina State Board of Elections has told the counties to revert to paper-based voting systems.
Footage of Donald Trump appearing to look over at Melania’s ballot goes viralDonald Trump's campaign in three minutes
After a 511-day march to the US presidential election, a video has been made by the Guardian, take a look at the highs and lows of Donald Trump’s campaign – from the day he launched his candidacy on 16 June 2015 to his final rally on Tuesday night
Complaint filed against Trump’s son over ballot photo
The Democratic Coalition Against Trump, an arm of the anti-Donald Trump Keep America Great PAC, has filed a complaint with the New York State Board of Elections after the Republican presidential nominee’s son, Eric Trump, tweeted out a picture of his filled out ballot.
The tweet has since been deleted, but was a violation of a century-old New York state law that prohibits outside documentation of ballots. The law has been interpreted to include cell-phone shots and selfies.
‘Defeat him badly' - Bernie Sanders
Clinton's left-wing primaries rival Bernie Sanders has called for voters to defeat Trump "badly". The Vermont senator said earlier it was time to "tell Donald Trump, the billionaire class and huge corporations that they are going to pay their fair share".
Trump files lawsuit against election officials in Nevada
Donald Trump’s campaign has filed a lawsuit in Nevada state court over the Clark County voter registrar’s decision to keep polling locations open “two hours beyond the designated closing time” to accommodate those who were forced to wait in line for hours to cast early-voting ballots.
However, a spokesperson for Clark County said that no voting location hours were extended, and that the county had merely followed standard practice to allow those who had queued up in line by the time polls closed to vote.
Immigrant voters could make the differences
Immigrants are already a top issue in the 2016 presidential race. Donald Trump’s anti-immigrant rhetoric is by now well known, from his recent attack on Asian Mexican and Muslim immigrants. Immigrant voters could take vital role on the election.
Rakibul Hasan, 35-yeas-old Bangladeshi American, masters' student of Political Science at California State University,Los Angels express his feelings on the election:
"This year election is very important for immigrants as Republican candidate Mr Trump bring some issues on immigration process. As an immigrant,I am thrilled to know the result of this election. Almost all immigrants will vote for Hilarity undoubtedly.
In California, majority of immigrants live here, Hillary will win for sure. Now the question about other States. I believe, if no miracle happen, Hillary will be the 45th president of the United States Of America."
'It's mayhem both ways'
Clinton and Trump will watch the election results roll in from New York locations just three kilometres apart. Trump will be based at the New York Hilton Midtown while Clinton has hired the huge Javits Center on the banks of Hudson River.
A Hilton staffer told reporters the hotel is booked solid and it will be “mayhem both ways” following the result. “He doesn’t look like he is the type to lose gracefully,” said the man known only as Mark.
Voters prepare for victory parties
Voters have donned their merchandise and taken to the streets of New York, prepared to wait until they see a result on Tuesday night. Hillary Clinton supports have lined up outside the Jacob K Javits Convention Centre where she will hold a party after polls close.
Times Square is a ghost town
It’s usually one of the busiest places on the planet but Times Square is a ghost town today with theatres closed to encourage people to vote.
“Very good - everything’s very good,” Trump said. “It’s just very good, generally speaking,” he said after being asked about what his campaign has heard about the early returns from battleground states.
Meanwhile, Obama hits the news too
Obama's approval rating today - 54%. Good news for Clinton whose campaign has been about continuing what he started #USElection2016
— Amanda Walker (@WalkerSkyNews) November 8, 2016
Trump will concede the defeat if the election 'legit and fair'
Donald Trump’s son Eric Trump Jr said his father will concede the result if they are “legit and fair.”
Speaking to the reporters, the Republican nominee’s son said, “all we want is a fair fight, not just for this election but for all elections.” “If he loses and it’s legit and fair, and there’s not obvious stuff out there then without question, yes,” Eric said.
Trump has repeatedly called the results “rigged” and said he would keep the public “in suspense” about what he would do following the result.
Trump on the stakes of the election
On Tuesday Donal Trump admitted to a rare moment of uncertainty saying “who knows what happens ultimately?”
“If I don’t win, I will consider it a tremendous waste of time, energy and money.” He claims to have spent $100 million of his own money however electoral estimates put it closer to $66 million.
Obama indulges in election day superstition
US president Barak Obama has been spotted on the basketball court at a military base letting off some steam on Tuesday as Joe Biden heads to vote in Delaware. Obama has played basketball on election day since 2008 as part of a superstitious ritual. He voted in Illinois earlier this month.
Voters in Michigan are reporting faults with the optical scan voting system which is used to scan ballot papers. One woman with a voter ID card was turned away after her name could not be found in the database, according to a Facebook post by one voter.
Simmons writes in the comments of his post: “The card swiper couldn’t read licenses. The person running it didn’t know how to use it. A woman with her voter ID card couldn’t be found in the database.”
Clinton cancels fireworks display
Hillary Clinton’s campaign team has cancelled an election night fireworks display due to take place on the Hudson River in New York just moments after polls closed. “They do have a permit for fireworks, but at this point we believe the fireworks is cancelled,” New York Police Department (NYPD) chief of intelligence Tommy Galati said on election day. He would not respond to questions why, saying only, “I cannot tell you that.”
The Clintons are at the voting booth
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and husband ex-president Bill Clinton have just turned up to their local voting booth in Chappaqua, New York. Voters cheered as they arrived. She waved, didn’t speak to media. Clinton is shaking hands with voters. She’s wearing a cream and taupe leather blazer.
Crowds are cramming around her with cellphones taking photos, while she makes her vote at the voting booth.
Eagle-eyed fans have spotted an amazing surprise in Lady Gaga’s choice of jacket for her final rally with Hillary Clinton. The outfit the Joanne singer wore was once owned by Michael Jackson. It’s part of her huge collection she bought back in 2012 which she promised to expertly care for.
Democratic vice-presidential nominee Tim Kaine casts his ballot for president in his hometown of Richmond, Virginia. Kaine and his wife, Anne Holton, vote shortly after polls opened at 6am at a retirement community near their home.
Kaine was cheered by supporters waiting in line. After voting, he spoke to reporters where he encouraged Americans to vote and said that if elected, he and running mate would try and bring the country together. “The sign of a vigorous democracy is one where a lot of people participate,” he said.
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“I’ve decided to vote for Trump,” jokes Donald Trump on Fox News’ Fox and Friends this morning. “It’s very exciting. I’ve spoken to you folks for a lot during very successful primaries... I’m a little bit superstitious so when you said please call, I called,” he said.
They asked if he’d changed during the campaign. “It’s been an amazing process, about 17 or 18 months since I came up with it... it’s been a beautiful process, the people of this country are incredible, I’ve met the people at every level and they are amazing. People say what have you learned? That’s what I’ve learned: the people are amazing,” said Trump.
Obama rally for Clinton in Philadelphia
Standing in front of the building where the founding fathers signed the Declaration of Independence, the nation’s first black president urged American citizens to send the first woman to the White House in their 240-year history.
“I’m asking you to vote for this woman, this mother, this grandmother, to be the next president of the United States,” Barack Obama said, introducing Hillary Clinton to tens of thousands of people who braved a chilly Moday night (05.30pm, Tuesday, BD time) in Philadelphia.
Four groups to decide Presidential outcome
There are four main voting blocs who will decide the outcome in this year’s Presidential race. They are: Blue collar workers, college educated whites, Latinos and millenials. Rather than create new trends, this divisive race has reinforced trends already present in US society.
The town that has already declared for Clinton
The polls have not even opened in most places but the first unofficial result is in. Mark Dindoff is the selectsman for the tiny New Hampshire town of Hart's Location where they already have their results. He told the BBC's Today programme who had won the battle for their 37 votes.
Live from New York: voting begins
Clinton running-mate at polling station to cast vote
Tim Kaine, democratic vice-presidential candidate and running-mate of Hillary Clinton has arrived at a polling station in Virginia to cast his ballot, according to this Fox news reporter's tweet.
The first US front pages are beginning to appear on election day. Here’s what the New York Post and Daily News had to say. The NT News has also got in on the act, tweeting US media in an appeal for the US voters to move or visit down under.
Long lines have been found outside polling stations as voters cast early ballots in record breaking numbers. The first place to vote was the tiny village of Dixville Notch, New Hampshire where eight voters were excited to be among the first to cast their ballots.
“It’s very exciting to be the first in the nation,” Russ Van Deursen told AP. “Your vote is right out there in the small little hamlet that we have of seven or eight voters and it feels like you’re a real part of democracy.”
Racist signs spotted in Tennessee
Signs proclaiming “Make America White Again” and “Stop the Muslim Invasion” were spotted beside a road in Cleveland, Tennessee, on the eve of the election. Protesters held the signs with messages like “just say to no to white guilt” and “do something radical”. It comes as authorities are on high alert for tensions that could erupt into violence following the most divisive election campaign in history.
Can you bring your gun to the polling booth? CNN reports carrying a weapon in voting booth is determined by state law. It’s banned in Arizona, Florida and parts of Wisconsin, but there are no rules against it in other states like Ohio, North Carolina and New Hampshire.
Lady Gaga and Bon Jovi back Clinton at final rally
As of midday Monday, Hispanic early voting in Florida was up 86.9% from 2012 – and about one-third of those were new voters. Hispanic early voting in Nevada was up 30% from 2012 and earlier numbers from Arizona showed a similar trend.
Trump, Clinton split early votes in tiny New Hampshire towns
Hillary Clinton wins more vote in Dixville Notch midnight vote, and in Hart's Location. She defeated Trump with 4-2 in Dixville Notch and by a 17-14 margin in Hart's Location, reports AP. Besides, Trump was the more popular in Millsfield, with a 16-4 edge. He was leading three New Hampshire precincts by a 32-25 margin over Hillary Clinton.
Polls in the New Hampshire towns of Dixville, Hart's Location and Millsfield were open right after Tuesday midnight and closed as soon as everyone was done voting. Because, according to the Hampshire state law, towns which owns less than 100 voters are allowed to open their polls at midnight and close them as soon as all registered voters have cast their ballots.
Libertarian Gary Johnson picked up three votes. Bernie Sanders, John Kasich and 2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney got write-in votes.
Voting got underway in the New Hampshire hamlet of Dixville Notch on the stroke of midnight. It was all over about a quarter of an hour later with a resounding victory for Hillary Clinton. Of the eight votes cast, Clinton took four, Trump two. The hamlet's one of three White Mountain communities with populations of less than 100 allowed to open the polls at midnight and close as soon as everyone's voted. As the final countdown to election day ticked on, Clinton and Trump have been touring battleground states as the race tightens, reports Reuters.
Dollar steady, markets bet on Clinton win in looming US presidential vote
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The dollar steadied in Asia on Tuesday, keeping previous session gains as markets wagered on a victory for Hillary Clinton in the US presidential election after the FBI cleared her of any wrongdoing in its latest probe of her use of a private email server, reports Reuters.
Clinton and Trump chase last-minute support on US election eve
The US presidential campaign neared its end on Monday in the same angry tone it began, with Republican Donald Trump calling Democrat Hillary Clinton a "phony" and Clinton accusing him of splitting the country, as a new Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll showed Clinton with a strong chance of winning.
Clinton and Trump raced through several battleground states in a last-ditch attempt to encourage their supporters to show up and vote on Tuesday, reports Reuters.Clinton sought to capture more support from Latinos, African-Americans and young people, while Trump looked to win over disaffected Democrats and rev up a middle class that he said has been sidelined by the political establishment.
The Reuters/Ipsos States of the Nation project gave Clinton a 90 percent chance of defeating Trump, seeing her on track to win 303 Electoral College votes out of the 270 needed, to Trump's 235.
Asian shares edge up as investors cautiously optimistic on Clinton win
Most Asian stock markets rose on Tuesday ahead of the US presidential election, with investors optimistic but cautious over improving prospects for a win by Democrat Hillary Clinton.
The Mexican peso, which strengthens as the perceived chances of an election victory by Republican Donald Trump fall, retained its strong gains from Monday.
The dollar, which also advanced on Monday, edged slightly lower, reports Reuters.
Boosting Clinton's chances of winning, and markets globally, was a statement by the US Federal Bureau of Investigation on Sunday standing by its July finding that Clinton was not guilty of criminal wrongdoing in her use of a private email server.
With hours to go before Americans vote, Democrat Hillary Clinton has about a 90% chance of defeating Republican Donald Trump in the race for the White House, according to the final Reuters/Ipsos States of the Nation project.
Her chances are roughly similar to last week’s odds, and any upset by Trump on Tuesday depends on an unlikely combination of turnouts of white, black and Hispanic voters in six or seven states, according to the survey released on Monday, reports Reuters.
The former secretary of state was leading Trump by about 45% to 42% in the popular vote, and was on track to win 303 votes in the Electoral College to Trump’s 235, clearing the 270 needed for victory, the survey found.
Trump’s chances rest with his performance in Florida, Michigan, North Carolina and Ohio, which were too close to call on Sunday, when polling ended, and Pennsylvania, where Clinton enjoyed a slim lead of three percentage points.
For Trump to win, he will have to take most of those states.
Any combination of two losses in the three states of Florida, Michigan and Pennsylvania would almost assuredly result in a Clinton victory. At the same time, Trump must hold onto the traditionally Republican state of Arizona, where the race has drawn close, and hope that independent candidate Evan McMullin does not claim another Republican bastion, Utah.
To win, Trump needs higher turnout among Republican white voters than that which materialised in 2012, a drop-off in ballots by African-American voters and a smaller-than-predicted increase in Hispanic voters, the project showed.
US top court may curb presidential appointment powers
Supreme Court justices, hearing a dispute over presidential powers a day before the US election, indicated on Monday they might curb a president's authority to staff top administration posts in a case involving the National Labor Relations Board.
The eight justices heard an hour-long argument in a 2014 legal challenge brought by Arizona-based private ambulance company SW General Inc to President Barack Obama's temporary appointment of Lafe Solomon in 2011 as NLRB general counsel. Obama also nominated Solomon to fill the position permanently, a move that required US Senate approval.
The company, a subsidiary of Envision Healthcare Holdings Inc, challenged Solomon's appointment after the labor board found SW General had committed an unfair labor practice by discontinuing bonus payments for long-term employees.
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If SW General wins, the NLRB order would be thrown out because of Solomon's participation, reports Reuters.
Solomon filled in for former general counsel Ronald Meisburg, who resigned in 2010. Obama withdrew Solomon's nomination after it stalled for more than two years. The Senate ultimately confirmed Richard Griffin to the post in 2013.
Latinos could swing the vote in Florida
With Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton in a virtual dead heat in Florida in recent polls -- the swing state is up for grabs. Analysts say Latino voters, who have had a stronger than expected turnout in early voting, could be the deciding factor. Elbert Garcia, director of 'Florida's Voice,' says voting data shows a significant increase in voter registration among Hispanics.
Clinton and Trump chase last-minute support
Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump crisscrossed the United States on Monday, racing to sway undecided voters and to get their supporters to vote in a tight presidential contest that opinion polls show narrowly favouring Clinton.
Both Clinton and Trump, 70, were spending the day racing across a handful of battleground states that could swing the election, given the Electoral College system that awards the White House on the basis of state-by-state wins.
Is it legal to take a ballot selfie?
It might seem like a natural extension of civic duty to snap a ballot selfie while voting this election day and share it on social media. But depending on the state, that might also be illegal. Laws about taking photos at the ballot box vary by state, and they’re a common source of confusion. Here’s how the rules vary by state;
Europeans are terrified of Trump winning
The world is on edge ahead of tomorrow's presidential election in the United States. YouGov conducted a survey to gauge the level of fear among adults about a Clinton or Trump presidency across seven countries: Germany, France, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Norway and the UK. In every single nation, the pattern is the same. Huge majorities of people fear Trump becoming president. The probably comes as little surprise, given the level of racism, sexism and xenophobia generated by his campaign.
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FBI finds no evidence of criminality of Clinton emails
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De Niro, Schwarzenegger clash over US election at event
Two of Hollywood’s biggest stars clashed about the upcoming US presidential election at a fund-raiser for the Israeli Defence Force in Los Angeles. Robert De Niro and Arnold Schwarzenegger were to pose for a photo together, but began an argument about differing views on the two candidates.
De Niro, a Hillary Clinton supporter, reportedly tried to question the former California governor about whether he supports Donald Trump. "Are you voting for Trump?", De Niro asked Schwarzenegger, while later telling him – according to Variety entertainment magazine – "If you're not part of the solution, then you're part of the problem."
"If you're supporting Trump, I want nothing to do with you," De Niro is reported to have said. Schwarzenegger apparently didn't answer to De Niro's satisfaction, and so the two continued to argue despite the photographer's pleas for calm.
The pair shook hands after their exchange.
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Trump and Clinton fight to the finish in bitter US vote
White House rivals Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump were still flailing for a knockout blow Monday as a presidential race that has cast a pall over US democracy neared its end.
With one day of campaigning left, both sides had packed schedules in the swing states that will decide whether the Democrat can convert her slim opinion poll lead into final victory.
Trump, a populist tycoon who co-opted the Republican Party and created a raucous, nativist grassroots movement in his own image, was still campaigning at midnight Sunday.
Branding 69-year-old Clinton the "most corrupt candidate ever to seek the office of the presidency," he urged supporters to "deliver justice at the ballot box on November 8."
Clinton, the former secretary of state running to become America's first female president, had events planned through midnight Monday to take her into polling day itself, reports AFP.
[caption id="attachment_29563" align="aligncenter" width="780"] US presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump (R) speak at campaign rallies in Westbury, New York, US, September 26, 2016 and Toledo, Ohio, U.S. September 21, 2016 in a combination of file photos. REUTERS/Carlos Barria/Jonathan Ernst/Files[/caption]
The Democrat spent the last eight days of campaigning under a renewed FBI inquiry into whether she had exposed US secrets by using a private email server at the State Department.
That burden was finally lifted on Sunday, when the FBI confirmed it would not seek criminal charges, but at the cost of another cycle of headlines about an issue that has hurt her.
She tried to end Sunday's round of rallies on a note of optimism about the United States, albeit couched as a warning that her supporters need to rise to counter the Trump threat.
"I really want each and every one of us to think for a moment about how we would feel on November 9, if we were not successful," she said in Manchester, New Hampshire
"When your kids and grandkids ask you what you did in 2016, when everything was on the line, I hope you'll be able to say you voted for a better, stronger, fairer America."
The world has looked on agog during the campaign, as Trump's once mocked reality television shtick became a plausible vehicle for victory in a divided and suspicious country.
World markets were rocked last month when the renewed FBI probe threated to sink Clinton's chances, and Asian exchanges opened higher after that threat was lifted.
But Trump came back fighting, and experts said the renewed scandal had already damaged the Democratic former first lady's chance of succeeding President Barack Obama.
Clinton's lead dropped from 5.7 to 2.9 percentage points in the week since the scandal returned, according to influential data journalist Nate Silver of FiveThirtyEight.com.
Trump is predicting a ballot upset on a par with Britain's shock vote this year to quit the European Union, or what on Sunday he called: "Brexit plus, plus, plus."
Clinton has booked a star-studded roster of supporters -- headlined by President Barack Obama and rock star Bruce Springsteen -- for her final events on Monday.
But Trump is also touring key swing states and was determined not to let Clinton off the hook over her email, a symbol for his supporters of the corruption of the Washington elite.
Clinton gets boost from FBI as tight White House race hits final day
Democrat Hillary Clinton heads into the final day of a tight White House race against Republican Donald Trump on Monday with new momentum after the FBI's announcement that no criminal charges were forthcoming in the probe of her email practices.
Both Clinton and Trump will spend the day racing across a handful of key battleground states that could swing Tuesday's election, which polls show is extremely close but tilting toward Clinton, reports Reuters.
FBI Director James Comey sent shockwaves through the race by telling Congress on Sunday that investigators had worked "around the clock" to complete a review of newly discovered emails and found no reason to change their July finding that Clinton was not guilty of criminal wrongdoing in her use of a private email server while secretary of state.
Whether the announcement came in time to change minds or undo any damage from days of Republican attacks on Clinton as corrupt was uncertain. Tens of millions of Americans had cast early votes in the 10 days since Comey first told Congress of the newly discovered emails.
Clinton's Democratic allies hoped the FBI finding would be enough to push her over the finish line and end the uncertainty and Republican attacks on her character that dogged her campaign for the last 10 days.
"The FBI's swift and thorough review should finally close the door on this Republican sideshow," House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi said, adding the election would now be decided "on the merits of the candidates" rather than innuendo.
US appeals court removes new voter-intimidation rules in Ohio
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump won a legal battle on Sunday when a US appeals court in Ohio removed new restrictions on partisan poll watchers that Democrats had sought to prevent Election Day voter intimidation.
The rules overturned by the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals would have imposed greater penalties on people who harass voters during Tuesday's election, reports Reuters.
Voter intimidation already is prohibited under US law but Democrats have pushed for greater restrictions in Ohio and five other battleground states, citing concerns that Trump's heated rhetoric might inspire Election Day chaos.
On the campaign trail, Trump has warned the election may be rigged and has called on supporters to keep an eye on voting activity for possible signs of fraud in large cities. Numerous studies have found that US voter fraud is exceedingly rare.
FBI clears Hillary two days before election
The FBI has found no evidence of criminality in a new batch of Hillary Clinton emails, boosting her campaign two days before the election, reports Reuters.
FBI said on Sunday it stood by its earlier finding that no criminal charges were warranted against Democrat Hillary Clinton for using a private email server for government work, lifting a cloud over her presidential campaign two days before the US election.
FBI Director James Comey made the announcement in a letter to Congress, saying the agency had worked “around the clock” to complete its review of newly discovered emails and found no reason to change its July finding.
“During that process, we reviewed all of the communications that were to or from Hillary Clinton while she was secretary of state,” Comey said. “Based on our review, we have not changed our conclusions that we expressed in July.”
A law enforcement source told Reuters the decision closed the FBI probe of Clinton’s email practices.
Around 62% of Americans says the 2016 election has made them less proud of their country, according to a NBC poll.
[caption id="attachment_29511" align="aligncenter" width="728"] A child covers his ears before Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump appears at a campaign rally in Sioux City, Iowa, November 6, 2016. Carlo Allegri/REUTERS[/caption]
Nate Silver: Clinton one state away from losing
Hillary Clinton is one state away from losing the presidential election, FiveThirtyEight's Nate Silver said Sunday. While the Democratic presidential nominee has a 65.7% chance of winning the presidency on Tuesday, she is not "in a terribly safe position," the pollster said on ABC's "This Week."
"The electoral map is actually less solid for Clinton than it was for Obama four years ago," Silver said. Silver came to notoriety by correctly predicting President Obama's victories in 2008 and 2012.
Clinton is weaker among Midwestern voters, while Obama had leads in states like Ohio. In FiveThirtyEight's election forecast, Clinton has the 270 electoral votes needed to clinch the White House.
"Clinton has about 270, so she's one state away from losing the Electoral College," he said. "You would rather be in her shoes than Donald Trump, but she's not in a terribly safe position."
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WikiLeaks: Clinton Foundation paid for Chelsea’s wedding
Former President Bill Clinton’s top aide wrote in 2012 that Chelsea Clinton used Clinton Foundation resources “for her wedding and life for a decade” and a top Foundation donor was responsible for “killing” unfavorable press coverage – all as an internal Foundation audit uncovered numerous conflicts of interest and “quid pro quo benefits,” according to emails released Sunday by WikiLeaks.
Doug Band, founder of global strategies company Teneo and Bill Clinton’s personal assistant since the 1990s, wrote the January 4, 2012, email to future Hillary Clinton presidential campaign chair John Podesta and two other Clinton aides after receiving word that Chelsea had told “one of the (President) bush 43 kids” and others about “an internal investigation of money within the foundation.” Band wrote such chatter was “not smart.”
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Will the 2016 election be closer than the 2000?
According to some election annalists, Hillary Clinton solidly has 216 of the 270 electoral votes needed to win while Donald Trump solidly has 164. The amount of electoral votes still out there for the taking totals 158. With this election having the potential to be one of the closest in history, many are wondering if this election has the potential to be more of a nail-biter than the election that happened in 2000.
The 2000 election for president of the US saw George W Bush battle against Al Gore. This election was only the fourth time in history where the winner of the Electoral College did not win the popular vote. The other elections where this happened were in 1824, 1876, and 1888. In 2000, George W Bush barely won the Electoral College by winning 271 electoral votes.
In order to win, 270 electoral votes are needed. Bush’s 271 electoral votes equalled 50,456,062 votes in total. Al Gore was only able to win 268 electoral votes but he received 50,996,582 total votes.
Should Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton emerge victorious on Tuesday, it will be thanks to female voters, who are poised to perhaps deliver the largest ballot gender gap in US presidential election history.
But that doesn’t mean her campaign is writing off men. In fact, as CBS’s John Dickerson noted in a recent piece, Clinton is making a strategic play to turn out a specific subset of the male vote.
The campaign has been targeting dads, trying to turn GOP nominee Donald Trump’s history of misogyny against him by appealing specifically to fathers of daughters.
This Sunday night, Clinton will put some money behind the effort. The campaign will run two television advertisements during the Sunday Night Football game. One ad features the testimonial of a father, the other that of a grandfather, each of whom is a Republican explaining that Trump’s remarks about women have forced them to vote Democrat this cycle.
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s son Eric took part in an ‘aarti’ in Florida to pray for his father’s victory. Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton entered the last three days of campaigning with competing events on Saturday in Florida, a swing state that could prove decisive in Tuesday’s US presidential election.
[caption id="attachment_29330" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Donald Trump’s son Eric offers prayers in Florida. ANI[/caption]
The first Tuesday after the first Monday in the month of November every four years is auspiciously set aside by Americans as part of a ritual they have been following since January 1845, when the Congress declared it to be the day when America will vote. The schedule was such that the earliest possible date for election is November 2 and the latest being November 8. The Congress in 1845 had finely plotted out the day as being most convenient for America’s voting population- white, adult males.
November was chosen as the month for voting because majority of America at that point in time was agrarian and by November the harvest season was over; which meant that working people did not require to take a day off for voting. The fact that most people had to travel long distances for the sake of voting also meant that it was necessary that voting took place only once the harvest season was over.
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton holds a five-point lead over Republican Donald Trump in the latest Washington Post-ABC Tracking Poll released early on Sunday.
In the Post-ABC poll released on Friday, Clinton led Trump by 47% to 44%.
Clinton had an advantage in affirmative support, the poll said, with 55% of backers saying they are mainly supporting her, compared with 43% of Trump voters. More Trump voters say they “mainly oppose Clinton.”