Voting for the presidential, senate and Congress elections is about to close across the US. Both Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, the leaders of the two major parties, made their last pitches earlier today as the first ballots were cast. Donald Trump is leading against Hillary Clinton and needs to win in two more states to become the next US president.
Earlier in the day, Donald Trump leveled unsubstantiated allegations about a rigged election system. In an interview on Fox News, Trump said: “We’re going to see how things play out. Hopefully they’ll play out well and hopefully we won’t have to worry about it, meaning hopefully we’ll win. I want to see everything honest,” he told Fox News. The first in-person votes for the presidential elections were cast in the towns of Dixville, Hart’s Location and Millsfield in the state of New Hampshire just after midnight Tuesday. Voters in these towns are the first across the country to cast their ballots on Election Day. Under the state laws of New Hampshire, communities with fewer than 100 voters can get permission to open their polls at midnight and close them as soon as all registered voters have cast their ballots.
Catch all the live updates here as voting progresses across states in the US. Fighting for every single vote at stake, Democratic nominee Clinton and her Republican rival Trump made their last minute forceful argument before the American people with their own vision for the world’s largest economy, ending the ugliest presidential campaign in US history. Clinton, 69, was joined by husband Bill as she addressed a massive rally in Raleigh in the key battleground state of North Carolina, which was entertained by Lady Gaga. Trump, 70, made a last minute scheduled stop in Michigan to address thousands of his supporters hoping that he might be able to swing this state from the Democrats.
The first in-person voting has begun in Dixville Notch in New Hampshire. The state laws there allow towns with less than 100 voters to begin voting midnight Tuesday. The polls have closed there as we speak.
Donald Trump is expected to speak at Grand Rapids, Michigan. He spoke a couple of hours ago in New Hampshire, one of the swing states. He also spoke previously at Florida and Pennsylvania.
Just to give you an update from Dixville Notch, the first town to go for in-person voting: Clinton got 4 of the 8 votes there while Trump got 2 votes. The surprising fact is that Mitt Romney, the Republican contender from 2012, also got a vote. Unlike the election process in India, states in the US declare the results once polling closes. Doxville Notch, which has 12 registered voters, has usually voted Republican in every election since 1960 except 2008 and 2012 (when it was divided between Obama and Romney).
‘We all have a role to play in the building of our future,’ says Clinton at her final rally in North Carolina. Catch a small video of her speech here.
Both Clinton and Trump have now given their closing pitches in their final rallies.
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Trump: ‘I am with you. I will fight for you. And I will win for you. I promise.’
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Beating the 2012 record, 46.2 million votes were cast this year before Election Day. Many states in the US have early voting. In 2012, 32.3 million people had voted in advance, that went on to be won by Barack Obama of the Democrats. Pollsters say high early voting figures are seen as favourable for Clinton.
Associated Press reports: When Art Meadowcroft exited city hall in Plymouth, Minnesota, Monday after casting an early ballot, he reached into his pocket for a camouflage cap bearing Donald Trump’s slogan, “Make America Great Again,” and placed it on his head.
“It was a tough decision because he certainly had his very rough sides,” Meadowcroft, 62, said of Trump, his choice for president. “But I don’t think there is a question mark when it comes down to what is in his heart and what he wants for the country.”
There are lots of people voting for neither Clinton nor Trump. The fact that they are both highly unpopular candidates speaks volumes to the electorate.
Associated Press spoke to Hallie Luckianow in Alabama: “I’m kind of pulled in both directions and that’s why I’m going to Gary Johnson. Because this entire election has been crazy.”
Meanwhile, a Gallup poll says President Obama’s popularity rating has hit a high at 56%. It is rare that a two-term President has such high approval ratings.
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“Whatever credibility I’ve earned after eight years as president, I am asking you to trust me on this one,” Obama, the 44th US President, said at an election rally in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Obama is reported to have campaigned at 17 different election rallies.
Polling in East Coast begins as Americans vote to choose between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.
Polling begins in Florida, Delaware, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina and part of Tennessee.
Hillary Clinton has defeated Donald Trump in Dixville Notch, a small town in New Hampshire. Clinton got 4 votes, while Trump managed two.
Catch all the live updates here as voting progresses across states in the US. Fighting for every single vote at stake, Democratic nominee Clinton and her Republican rival Trump made their last minute forceful argument before the American people with their own vision for the world’s largest economy, ending the ugliest presidential campaign in US history. Clinton, 69, was joined by husband Bill as she addressed a massive rally in Raleigh in the key battleground state of North Carolina, which was entertained by Lady Gaga. Trump, 70, made a last minute scheduled stop in Michigan to address thousands of his supporters hoping that he might be able to swing this state from the Democrats. The two rallies ended around 1 AM (local time), just six hours before opening of the polling booths in the East Coast. The first ballots were cast in a sleepy hamlet in New Hampshire, traditionally the first in the nation to vote on Election Day, with Clinton winning the contest.
It’s the most humbling feeling, so many people are counting on me: Hillary Clinton after casting vote
Real Clear Politics average of polls gives the lead to Hillary Clinton ( 45.5) over Donald Trump (42.2).
The lines are forming, but they are not a shade on what we are used to in India. Also, over 40 million Americans have already voted before November 8.
Eric Trump says that his father Donald Trump, will concede the election if he loses and the results are “legit and fair.” He said son said that “all we want is a fair fight, not just for this election but for all elections. http://bit.ly/2fvJepN
So far, most issues voters are facing seem routine: Long lines, issues with ballots or voter rolls.
Donald Trump greets voters before he casts his vote on Election Day: “Everything’s very good”
Betting exchanges and online trading platforms on Tuesday said Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton held a far higher probability of winning than Republican Donald Trump.
President Barack Obama said on Twitter a while back: “Today, progress is on the ballot. Go vote – then make sure your friends, your family, and everyone you know votes too”
Warren Buffett is devoting part of the Election Day to get-out-the-vote efforts – as he helps drive voters to the polls on a trolley he hired.
According to experts, the Democrats were very slightly favoured to wrest control of the U.S. Senate from the Republican Party in Tuesday’s elections.
Democrats hold slight edge in contest to control U.S. Senate: Experts
The Donald Trump campaign has sued registrar of voters in Clark County, Nevada over closing time of polling place last week in Las Vegas
The Trump lawsuit alleges that the Clark County election officials coordinated with Democratic activists to skew votes
Mexico’s peso was at its strongest position in two monthsa, helped by bets that Hillary Clinton would defeat Republican rival Donald Trump in the elections
Germany’s foreign minister said today that the US election campaign will leave behind a difficult legacy for the future US president because it has deepened the country’s divisions. German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier says the campaign has left a more or less divided country.
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Reacting to the US elections, Argentine Foreign Minister Susana Malcorra says a win by Donald Trump would stall recent moves to improve relations between the two countries. In an interview to a television channel, Malcorra said the conservative government of President Maurico Macri had opened a new phase of cooperation and trade with Washington after years of strained relations under former President Cristina Fernandez.
In an interview to Fox news, Donald Trump said there are reports of problems with voting machines in various machines in various places switching Republican votes to Democrats
Meanwhile, US President Barack Obama says his faith in US citizens hasn’t wavered. When Obama was asked what he felt about the outcome of the elections, he said, “I think we’ll do a good job” as long as the American people vote.”
Second son of Donald Trump, Eric may have broken a law by tweeting out a picture of his completed ballot. Eric had tweeted a photo of a ballot with the oval over his father’s name filled in on Tuesday. The tweet read, “It is an incredible honor to vote for my father! He will do such a great job for the U.S.A!”
100-year-old woman Grace Bell Hardison, who was recently mentioned by President Barack Obama after numerous attempts were made to purge her from the voter registration list and hence deny her right to vote, receives an “I Voted Today” sticker from election official Elaine Hudnell
Gov. Mike Pence says election day is humbling and moving.
Nevada judge has rejected Donald Trump’s legal challenge over early voting in Nevada, Las Vegas.
Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala. casts his vote, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)
Voters cast their ballots at Cynthia Mann Elementary School in Boise, Idaho, on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016. (AP Photo/Otto Kitsinger)
Barack Obama is believed to have given numerous interviews to radio stations encouraging Americans to go to the polls to vote for Clinton. The White House confirmed that he gave Election Day interviews to radio stations that target listeners in Orlando, Detroit and Philadelphia.
Donald Trump is said to have leveled unsubstantiated allegations about a rigged election system. In an interview on Fox News, Trump said: “We’re going to see how things play out.”
Wall Street stocks rise as US votes; S&P 500 + 0.4 per cent
A Reuters/Ipsos exit poll says that U.S. voters want leader to end the advantage of rich and powerful, 72 per cent think economy ‘rigged
I will be watching the election results from Trump Tower in Manhattan with my family and friends. Very exciting!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 8, 2016
Don't let up, keep getting out to vote – this election is FAR FROM OVER! We are doing well but there is much time left. GO FLORIDA!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 8, 2016
Acorrding to a Reuters/Ipsos exit poll, majority of voters feel “America needs a strong leader to take the country back from the rich and powerful.” 72 per cent agree “the American economy is rigged to advantage the rich and powerful.”
Hillary Clinton motorcade heading for New York City.
No ballots wrongly counted because of machine malfunctions believe election officials in three Pennsylvania counties.
Authorities have increased Election Day security for Trump outside his Trump Tower building on Fifth Avenue. They have parked dump trucks filled with sand. Similiar security measures were being taken at other sites around midtown Manhattan where Trump and Hillary Clinton plan to spend election night.
The New York Police Department (NYPD) had said earlier it will deploy more than 5,000 police officers to keep order on election night. The security measures will also include police helicopters, mobile radiation detectors and bomb-sniffing dogs.
CNN’s preliminary exit poll says 22 per cent voters voted for experience. 22 per cent voted with judgment in mind.
CNN exit poll: 38 per cent want President to bring change
7 in 10 Americans voting say immigrants in the country illegally should be allowed to stay, says an AP poll
70 per cent White voters, 12 per cent Black, says CNN exit poll. 42 per cent strongly favour their candidate, 31 per cent have reservatons about their candidate
Adam Fohlen, his son Ari, center left, and others, wait in line outside a polling place at the Nativity School as a poll watcher sits nearby, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Voting delays took place in one of North Carolina’s heavily Democratic counties. Josh Lawson, lawyer for the North Carolina Board of Elections, said officials in Durham County concluded that there was a problem with their electronic poll books and began relying on paper rolls to confirm voter registrations. Attempts to vote twice are rare.
Early voting in Kentucky: Donald Trump with 79.1 per cent votes and Hillary Clinton with 18 per cent votes
Polls in the Eastern time zones of Indiana and Kentucky were the first to close, and a flood of vital battleground states such as Virginia, North Carolina and Ohio – where polls were due to close in the next 90 minutes – would provide initial clues of the possible winner.
Clinton campaign manager supports extended voting hours in key North Carolina county
In Indiana, early results suggest Donald Trump leading over Clinton with 69.7% votes as against 27.3% votes respectively.
LA-area polling station on lockdown after shots nearby; at least two people were wounded, according to CNN reports
Donald Trump wins Indiana, Kentucky; Hillary Clinton wins Virginia (CNN projections)
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A California polling station has been placed on lockdown following a nearby shooting that left one person dead and three wounded, authorities and news reports said.
Donald Trump wins Indiana, Kentucky and West Virginia; Hillary Clinton wins Vermont.
Donald Trump leads Hillary Clinton 24-3 in the race to 270 electoral votes. Trump was awarded Kentucky’s eight electoral votes, Indiana’s 11 and West Virginia’s 5. Vermont gives Clinton three. These are the first four states to be decided in the 2016 general election. Vermont has voted for a Democrat every election since 1988, while Kentucky has gone Republican every cycle since 2000. Indiana is normally a Republican stronghold but went for President Barack Obama in 2008. The Republicans captured it again in 2012 and Trump’s running mate, Mike Pence, is the state’s governor.
The trends have changed as Hillary Clinton now leads Donald Trump by 44-40 in electoral votes race. The latest results are coming in from Texas where contest between both the candidates seem to be very close as Trump has bagged 48.8 per cent of votes and Clinton has bagged 47.3 per cent votes as of now. These are still early trends.
Donald Trump back in lead by 51-44 as he also moves ahead of Hillary Clinton in crucial state of Florida. American news agencies project that Trump is close to winning Alabama and South Carolina.
Donald Trump now leading with 60-44 against Hillary Clinton in electoral vote race. Candidates need 270 electoral votes to win the elections.
Donald Trump continues with marginal lead in crucial state of Florida which has 29 electoral votes and can be decisive in final results.
Hillary Clinton wins in Rhode Island. Donald Trump leads with 60-48 electoral votes.
CNN reports Hillary Clinton leading with 68-66 electoral votes against Donald Trump. The fight continues to remain close with Trump leading in total number of popular votes by 50 per cent – 48 per cent against Clinton.
Hillary Clinton projected winner in Illinois; continues to maintain a massive lead in New York against Donald Trump. Meanwhile AP reports Donald Trump winning in North and South Dakota
Donald Trump gains, leads by 128-97 against Hillary Clinton in electoral votes. As per latest projections, Trump moving towards victory in Texas and Arkansas. In key states of Florida and Georgia also he maintains a lead. Meanwhile, Clinton ahead in Colorado.
Donald Trump winning Louisiana and Nebraska. Hillary Clinton leading in Connecticut.
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According to a report on the early voting trends, Asian Americans including Indian Americans came out in large numbers to vote against Donald Trump. TargetSmart report shows that these most of these people voted against Trump.
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Democrat Hillary Clinton is projected to win New Mexico and Virginia. Donald Trump takes a lead in Montana. Virginia, New Mexico and Montana have 13, 5 and and 3 electoral votes respectively.
The US President is elected indirectly on the basis of total electoral votes.
A candidate needs at least 270 electoral votes to win election. In each state, the people vote for these electors who then decide the final result. The states with larger population have more electoral votes and are crucial in deciding the final results. Therefore, a candidate might get more popular votes but if they fail to secure enough electoral votes, the other candidate wins. Also, if popular vote goes gives lead to any of the candidates in a state, all the electoral votes from that state swing towards that candidate.
Donald Trump leading in Missouri with 62.5 per cent popular votes. Clinton ahead in New Mexico with 50.4 per cent votes. Missouri has 10 electoral votes, while New Mexico has five. Donald Trump is leading with 167-109 on electoral vote count.
Reports are coming in that Republican Donald Trump has won Ohio, a very crucial swing state which plays a key role in deciding the final election results. Ohio has a total of 18 electoral votes. Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton has won New Mexico.
As the projections show Donald Trump moving ahead of Hillary Clinton in US elections, the impact is showing on the markets. The US dollar is sinking and stock markets crashed. Read full report here:
Hillary Clinton wins Virginia. Donald Trump has already registered a victory in West Virginia.
Hillary Clinton wins in Colorado; gets 9 electoral votes. The difference in total votes comes down marginally. Trump leading with 167-122
Donald Trump wins in Florida after Ohio. Another crucial state with total 29 electoral votes. The projections from California, state with most number of electoral votes, are yet to start coming in.
Hillary Clinton wins California, bagging 55 electoral votes and managing to move ahead of Trump in total electoral vote count by 190-171
Donald Trump winning in North Carolina and Idaho bringing down the electoral vote difference. Clinton leads by 190-186
Hillary Clinton wins Washington. Donald Trump again leads with 219-197 after winning Georgia
Donald Trump wins Iowa’s six electoral votes
Pennsylvania and Arizona are the only swing states whose result is awaited. The states have 11 and 20 electoral votes respectively and currently there is a very close competition between both the candidates.
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Hillary Clinton leading in Nevada. Donald Trump ahead in Arizona, Pennsylvania and New Hampshire
Hillary Clinton wins six electoral votes of Nevada. Trump moves closer to victory.
Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton both have got 48.2 per cent votes in Pennsylvanian till now. Trump leading Clinton by only 15,000 popular votes. The state has 20 electoral votes and is expected to seal Trump’s victory if he manages a victory there.
Donad Trump maintains a comfortable lead in Arizona, moves ahead in Pennsylvania.
Trump projected to win in Utah: CNN
Donald Trump leading in four of remaining states. Hillary Clinton leading in three.
AP reports Donald Trump’s victory in Pennsylvania. The state has 20 electoral votes and takes him closer to becoming next US president.
Trump wins Alaska, gets three more electoral votes.
Hillary Clinton to not speak tonight (US time). Her campaign manager John Podesta says she will address the country in morning.
Hillary Clinton to not speak tonight (US time). Her campaign manager John Podesta says she will address the country on Wednesday morning.
Donald Trump needs only few more votes to win the election and become 45th president of United Nations. He is currently leading in Arizona which has 11 electoral votes, Wisconsin which has 10 electoral votes and Michigan (16 votes).
CNN reports Donald Trump close to winning Wisconsin.
AP reports Donald Trump has won US presidential election
Hillary Clinton calls Donald Trump to concede election