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Tuesday, November 8, 2016

US election 2016: Is Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton will be the next President?






The US presidential election got under way - on a small scale - with the seven voters of a tiny New Hampshire village who cast the nation's first ballots at the stroke of midnight.
Dixville Notch has had the honor of launching the voting, symbolically, since 1960.
Clay Smith was the first of the seven residents, including five men and two women, to vote as Tuesday's long awaited election day began. An eighth person voted by absentee ballot.

The tally was announced in a matter of minutes: the Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton beat out her Republican rival Donald Trump, four to two.
Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson won one vote, and there was a write-in vote for Mitt Romney, the Republican who lost to incumbent President Barack Obama in 2012.
Nancy DePalma, a hotel worker voting in the village for the first time, said she backed Clinton.
"I believe she's a strong person. She's got the experience. I think she's going to lead our country in the right direction," DePalma told AFP.

She said she had voted for Bernie Sanders, the progressive senator from neighboring Vermont, in the Democratic primaries.
Another voter, Peter Johnson, who has cast his ballot here since 1982, said there is a populist movement spreading around the world and that no matter who wins the election, Trump "has done well for this country."
New Hampshire may be one of the smallest US states but Clinton and Trump worked until the last minute to woo voters here. Clinton held a rally in New Hampshire on Sunday, and Trump did so on Monday. They are neck and neck in New Hampshire as they battle for its four electoral votes.
Another of the midnight voters, Ross Vandeursen, said the presidential campaign had been tense and sensationalized.
"I'm not very proud of the state of the campaign we've run," he said.
Leslie Otten, a hotel owner, said the vast majority of people in America were not satisfied with Clinton or Trump.
"That is unfortunate. But we'll have to vote," she said.
Two other hamlets in New Hampshire also voted at midnight.
Voting begins in earnest at 6:00 am (1100 GMT) in several states on the East Coast.
Clinton or Trump? America votes at last

A nervous world turned its gaze to America's 200 million-strong electorate Tuesday as it chooses whether to send the first female president or a populist property tycoon to the White House.
Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton and Republican maverick Donald Trump campaigned into the wee hours of polling day as they fought to sell their starkly different visions for the future of the world's greatest power.
The 69-year old former first lady, senator and secretary of state - backed by A-list musical stars and incumbent President Barack Obama - urged the country to unite and vote for "a hopeful, inclusive, big-hearted America."
Trump meanwhile doubled down on his outreach to voters who feel left behind by globalization and social change, finishing with a flourish on his protectionist slogan: "America first."
"Just imagine what our country could accomplish if we started working together as one people, under one God, saluting one American flag," the 70-year-old billionaire reality television star told cheering supporters.

Some 40 million Americans have already cast ballots in states that allow early voting, and opinion polls suggest Clinton had a slight edge, as the tiny hamlet of Dixville Notch in New Hampshire opened Election Day balloting.
A polling average by tracker site RealClearPolitics gave Clinton a 3.3 percentage point national lead, but Trump is closer or even has the advantage in several of the swing states that he must conquer to pull off an upset.
'Corrupt elite' 
No results or exit polls will be available before polling stations begin to close on the US East Coast from 7:00 pm (0000 GMT Wednesday), and it may be three or more hours after that before the direction of the race becomes clear.
And even then, questions remain. Trump has repeatedly warned that a "corrupt Washington and media elite" is seeking to rig the race and he said last month that he may not concede defeat if he thinks voting is unfair.
He has also threatened to lodge lawsuits against up to a dozen women who have come forward during the race to accuse him of sexual assault or inappropriate behavior.
Clinton has pushed a more optimistic vision, despite a wobble in the final weeks of her campaign when the FBI reopened an investigation into whether she had put US secrets at risk by using a private email server - only to close it again on Sunday.
In a radio interview on the last night of the race, she said the matter was behind her, and she courted voters at her final rallies in Philadelphia with Obama and rocker Bruce Springsteen, and in North Carolina with pop diva Lady Gaga.
"Tomorrow, we face the test of our time," she declared in front of 40,000 people in Philadelphia, a record for her in a campaign where despite her opinion poll lead she has struggled to match her Republican opponent's passionate and raucous crowds.
"There is a clear choice in this election. A choice between division or unity, an economy that works for everyone, or only for those at the top; between strong, steady leadership, or a loose cannon who could put everything at risk."  
At the same time, Trump, who hijacked his conservative party and turned it into a vehicle for populist bombast, concluded a last-gasp tour of swing states by painting his rival as doomed to defeat and the corrupt creature of a discredited elite.
'I will fight for you'
"Do you want America to be ruled by the corrupt political class, or do you want America to be ruled, again, by the people?" he demanded at a rally in New Hampshire, a state won in 2012 by Obama that Trump hopes to flip into his column.
Promising to end "years of betrayal," tear up free trade deals, seal the border, halt the drug trade and exclude all Syrian refugees, Trump told his supporters: "I am with you and I will fight for you and we will win."     
Trump's campaign spooked world markets seeking stability after the recent global slowdown.
Last week, US stocks as measured by the S&P 500 index fell for nine straight days for the first time since 1980, only to recover a little when the FBI confirmed Clinton would not face prosecution over her emails.
Asian markets were up slightly on Tuesday as the world remained on tenterhooks for the result.
Clinton urges voters to choose 'hopeful' America

Hillary Clinton urged voters in the early hours of Tuesday to embrace her vision of a "hopeful, inclusive, big-hearted America" as the Democrat wrapped up her historic campaign bid to be the country's first woman president.
"Our core values are being tested in this election but my faith in our future has never been stronger," Clinton told a mainly young crowd at a rally in Raleigh.
"We don't have to accept a dark and divisive America. Tomorrow you can vote for a hopeful, inclusive, big-hearted America."
Five states, one day: Trump's last-ditch bid for glory

Five states in one day, addressing euphoric crowds of thousands - Donald Trump reluctantly brought to a close an exhilarating and extraordinary 511-day election campaign that has upended America.
If he wins the White House on Tuesday, it's a roadshow that Americans can only expect more of: his unique blend of showmanship, eye-raising insults of his opponents and hyperbolic promises of salvation.
The 70-year-old man who has joked about taking a long vacation if he doesn't win must be exhausted, but the Republican reveled Monday in the adulation of crowd after crowd as he battled to the very last minute to pull off a shock upset against Democrat Hillary Clinton.
"Dream big because with your vote, we're just one day away from the change you have been waiting for your entire life," he bellowed to around 10,000 supporters in Manchester at his penultimate rally.
"We are going to win the great state of New Hampshire, and we are going to win back the White House!" he cried - his rallying cry the same at each rally, just tailor-made for the state of the moment.
With the wildest presidential race in generations nearly in the rear-view mirror, Trump has stalked battlegrounds and Democrat-leaning states, desperate to persuade Americans they would be better served by a political outsider than establishment favorite Clinton.

"Our failed political establishment has delivered nothing but poverty, nothing but problems, nothing but losses," he told 5,000 people in Raleigh, North Carolina, reducing the essence of his long and controversial campaign into a handful of soundbites.
"They get rich by making America poor."
Most final polls hand Clinton a broad but shallow lead, but if Trump loses, it won't be for lack of trying.
Ensconced in the leather-seated luxury of his personal 757, and a brief replacement presumably when his pilot exhausted his mandated flight hours, the Manhattan real estate magnate jetted to a dozen cities in two days.
It was a non-stop cross-country endeavor, carpet bombing Democratic strongholds like Colorado, Michigan, Minnesota, Pennsylvania and Virginia in a bid to flip blue states, while holding all the ground his predecessor Mitt Romney won in 2012.
Despite reports about desperate final days behind the scenes - one anonymous advisor compared it to the bunker before Hitler killed himself in a New York magazine article - the grandfather of eight's stamina has been extraordinary.
On Saturday, he logged nearly 4,500 miles (7,240 kilometers), followed by 3,000 Sunday. He blitzed through five states in Monday, ending with a midnight rally in Michigan.
Florida dreams
He began his day of reckoning in the make-or-break state of Florida - vital to his White House hopes.
"My poll numbers are going through the roof," he said in Sarasota, his hyperbole increasing as the clock ticked down.
"You watch what's going to happen."
At each campaign stop, Trump insists he is doing better than polls suggest, proclaiming his support among African Americans and Latinos, despite scant evidence of significant minority presence at his rallies.

Ever the populist, if easily distracted, he called on one supporter wearing a rubber, Halloween-style Trump mask to hand it over.
"Nice head of hair, I'll say that," Trump reflected as he held the mask close to his face, photographers eagerly snapping away.
Obama won North Carolina in 2008 but lost it four years later. Trump holds the narrowest of leads in the southern state.
Clinton was aiming to claw back some of that ground by holding a high-profile midnight rally in Raleigh late Monday, with pop star Lady Gaga in tow.
North Carolina's Republican governor, Pat McCrory, acknowledged to AFP that the race in his state now was "all based upon turnout."
Trump has jibed at suggestions that celebrities performing for Clinton would get people to the polls.

He has railed against the "language" used by Jay-Z at a Clinton rally in Ohio and, after rock legend Bruce Springsteen performed in Philadelphia, said it was "demeaning" to the political process to listen to a musician, saying that Clinton alone "can't fill a room."
And then rocker Ted Nugent played before Trump's last rally in Michigan.
Michigan gamble
Trump jetted into Manchester from the Pennsylvania Rust Belt city of Scranton, where Clinton's father was born but where the Republican is counting on the blue-collar working class. Before that, it was Raleigh.
Clinton pulled out all the stops in Pennsylvania with a mega-event of her own, that her campaign said drew 40,000 people featuring the Obamas, ex-president Bill Clinton, Jon Bon Jovi and Springsteen.
But if there were no celebrities in Manchester, other than Trump, his photogenic adult children and his announcement that he had the vote of American football star quarterback Tom Brady, supporters gathered more than eight hours ahead of schedule, bringing snacks and fold-out chairs.
"The energy is just going to be amazing," said first-time voter Jack Keefe, 18, who took off school in neighboring Massachusetts to drive 90 minutes to see Trump, whom he views as a role model.
"I think that if he loses, I've just got to pray that Hillary Clinton isn't as bad as I think she is."
Trump wraps up his whirlwind day in Grand Rapids, Michigan, a state where Clinton is ahead in polling.
Trump's campaign nevertheless insists the race there is tied, and that voter enthusiasm could put Trump over the top.
But in New Hampshire, fist pumping and clapping his hands, grinning from ear to ear and pointing to the crowd he appeared, unable, it seemed to tear himself away.
"I'm really happy I did this. It's been an amazing experience," he said with something akin to wistfulness.
Clinton's final vote push: upbeat, with Barack and The Boss
In a red pantsuit and full of smiles, Hillary Clinton blitzed three states and four cities in a marathon final day of campaigning Monday - with the help of two presidents, one rock Boss and Lady Gaga.
The 69-year-old Clinton is used to epic travel days - as secretary of state, she logged nearly a million miles on the road.
On Monday, she left her home in Chappaqua, in the New York suburbs, to take on an itinerary of 2,000 miles (3,200 kilometers).
Destinations: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Allendale, Michigan; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Raleigh, North Carolina - three swing states, all vital to secure a historic win Tuesday and become America's first woman president.
The Democrat is looking to lock in key battleground states to block any path her Republican opponent Donald Trump might have to the White House.
Clinton was chatting on her smartphone with her granddaughter Charlotte as she arrived at the airport at about 10:00 am. She was not expected to return until after 3:00 am Tuesday.
"I have some work to bring the country together," she told reporters as she boarded her Boeing 757 - emblazoned with an "H" and the slogan "Stronger Together" - to Pittsburgh, a Democratic bastion.
In her comments to the traveling press, the overall tone was resolutely upbeat.
"I really do want to be the president for everybody - people who vote for me, people who vote against me," she said.
"We're just going to work until the last vote is counted."
Stop One: Pittsburgh
About 2,500 people flocked to the campus of the University of Pittsburgh for Clinton's first rally - an outdoor event on a sunny autumn day.
"Tomorrow is the election, but that is just the beginning. We have to heal this country, we have to bring people together, listen and respect each other," she said in her classic stump speech, which lasted about 20 minutes.
Clinton briefly deviated from protocol by going to shake hands with some of those gathered in the streets outside the venue.
"Great rally here at Pitt," she said. "Feels good."
And that was that - her long motorcade of Secret Service agents, aides, and journalists headed back to the airport. Next stop: Michigan.
Stop Two: Michigan
If Clinton is worried, it doesn't show. Her staff added a few rallies to her final days on the trail - but not as many as Trump tacked on.
She headed to Grand Valley State University in Allendale, outside Grand Rapids, where Trump will close out his campaign with a late night rally. The sun was still shining. More than 4,500 people turned out.
The Democrat's path to victory goes through the American Rust Belt - states like Pennsylvania, Ohio and Michigan, which voted for Barack Obama but are not as enthusiastic about Clinton.
"I want each and every one of you to be thinking through about all the issues you care about, because although my name and my opponent's name will be on the ballot, those issues and those values are on the ballot as well," she said.
Stop Three: Party in Philadelphia
After Michigan, it was back to Pennsylvania for a blowout rally in Philadelphia heavy with symbolism: tens of thousands gathered in front of Independence Hall, where both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution were adopted.
"Tomorrow, we face the test of our time," Clinton said. "None of us wants to wake up and think that we could have done more."
She was joined by two presidents - her husband Bill and Barack Obama - and one of her most powerful surrogates, First Lady Michelle Obama.
"Philadelphia, you have somebody outstanding to vote for in Hillary Clinton," Obama said, passing the political mantle to his onetime top diplomat.
It was her biggest crowd of the campaign - officials put the size of the crowd at roughly 40,000 - 33,000 on Independence Mall, and thousands more beyond the security perimeter.
Rockers Bruce Springsteen, "The Boss" himself, and Jon Bon Jovi warmed up the crowd on a night when temperatures dipped near the freezing mark.
"Let's all do our part so we can look back on 2016 and say we stood with Hillary Clinton on the right side of history," Springsteen said.
The Boss, whose music has long championed working-class Americans, denounced Trump as "a man whose vision is limited to little beyond himself."
Organizers did not remove the presidential seal from the podium used by Obama when Clinton spoke, as would normally be done - optics are everything.
Stop Four: Midnight in Raleigh
After the rally, Obama headed back to Washington and Clinton headed to Raleigh, North Carolina, another key battleground, for a midnight rally, the last of the day.
Clinton - who has been joined by A-listers from Beyonce and Jay Z to Katy Perry in recent days - added one last guest in Raleigh: Lady Gaga.
She will then return home for Election Day.
Clinton said she will vote in the early morning at a school in Chappaqua.
Then the waiting begins.

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