There is no coming back with the political shift massive - we are prepared to call it at 1am NYT USEST
well that's that.....
The day has finally arrived when voters in the United States head out to the polls and by all accounts its going to be tight. The reality of the situation is that many American's would prefer to be voting for some other candidates but they are stuck with only two choices: Hillary Clinton, former Secretary of State and First Lady of the United States versus Donald Trump, corporate high flyer and business man with a sometimes dubious record in business. By all accounts the majority of States have already been decided - for example we know that Clinton will take the large electoral college votes of both New York and California - there is a tradition in many States to vote along either Democrat or Republican lines - and it is widely expected that Trump will take States like Texas. The battle will come down to a handful, again. In actual fact its like the Bush Gore election where, in that case, it came down to a single State and a single vote - a Supreme Court Justice who handed the victory to Bush even though gore and the majority population vote.
Today our eyes turn to Iowa, Florida, Ohio and now Michigan. Before last week Michigan didnt appear to have been in play but there is an underbelly of discontent among many that they have been left behind. In fact its a mid west of the United States story where middle America is feeling left behind and where industries such a steel and manufacturing are on the nose. So, where to from here? NewsNow and EntreHub will be taking live feeds from our correspondents in and across the United States as well as news gatherers.
In around 12 hours it will all be over - bar an upset Clinton should be in the pole position - but this is America and anything can happen.
Donald Trump VS Hillary Clinton - its game on America
Breaking News: Clinton wins Nevada
Breaking News: Trump wins Iowa
The updated electoral college map
On Election Day, Trump still signaling he may not accept results
In radio interviews Tuesday, Donald Trump still would not unequivocally commit to accepting the outcome of the election.
Trump has for the past month railed against what he has called the "rigged system" — warning of voter fraud, accusing the media of colluding against him, and signaling multiple times that he may not accept the outcome of the election if he loses. His rhetoric has led many to question whether he will concede the election Tuesday night should he not emerge as the victor.
Appearing on AM Tampa Bay on 970 WFLA, Trump was asked if he'll contest the results if they are close.
"Well if I think there's something that was wrong," Trump said. "Did you notice, when I brought this up a few months ago, Obama, and others said, 'oh, this is the foundation of our country' but eight years ago, he was was basically saying that Chicago is rigged. I don't know if you saw that clip. But he talks up, like, 'oh, this is the foundation how dare he question the foundation' and all of this. Oh, give me a break. What' going on in Philadelphia and Chicago and St. Louis and lots of others, for years it's legendary OK, talked about for years. They have a clip of Obama basically saying that Chicago elections are rigged. And I say to myself, 'can you believe that?'
Democrats take the lead in Florida early voting
Democratic turnout has edged ahead of Republicans for the first time since early voting began in the critical battleground state of Florida. The milestone is a boon to Hillary Clinton's chances of carrying the Sunshine State and its 29 electoral votes -- a prize so large that it would help her close off most of Donald Trump's paths to victory. But it's not all good news for Democrats: Their current lead is significantly smaller than the turnout advantage they had over registered Republicans at this point in 2008.
North Carolina's Durham County requests extra voting time due to glitch
The Durham County Board of Elections has unanimously recommended that voting should be extended in the county by 90 minutes after a glitch in the electronic voter check system. Because of the issue, the county was forced to switch to paper roll books
Bernie Sanders tells supporters to send Trump a message
The Vermont Senator has told supporters to come out and vote for Hillary Clinton and said that they needed to "defeat trump badly" . "Its time to tell Trump, the billionaire class and huge corporations that they are going to pay their fair share. "I hope today we defeat Donald Trump and we defeat him badly," he tweeted.
Michelle Obama calls it for Hillary
Michelle Obama says early voting is favoring Hillary Clinton telling CNN that The only vote that is down compared to where it was for Barack is the African American vote. And, you know, obviously that's because our folks love us so dearly. "But this election is just as important if — not more — because it's about the legacy and it's about the progress and as you both know, we still have work to do," she added.
Donald Trump has filed a legal case in Nevada
In a sign that the legal team for the Trump campaign is aggressively laying the ground work for potential legal challenges—big and small—lawyers have gone to state court in Nevada in an early vote dispute.
In legal briefs filed last night, Trump lawyers are asking for relief in case “the election of presidential electors from the State of Nevada is contested.”
They are suing Joe P. Gloria, the Clark County Registrar of Voters, over a decision, they allege, he made to keep polling locations open “two hours beyond the designated closing time.” The lawsuit targets polling places in greater Las Vegas that have larger minority voting precincts.
Dan Kulin, a spokesperson for the county, told CNN that no early voting stations extended their closing times. They did, however, process voters who were in line at closing time to allow as many people to vote as possible.
Trump lawyers are asking for an order to have the pertinent early vote ballots not to “commingled or interspersed” with other ballots.
“From the polling, it appears that Nevada is so close, that the Trump campaign thinks it’s worth challenging any violation in voting protocol," said Robert Lang, of University of Nevada Las Vegas. "The numbers that came in could represent several thousand people across the four precincts, which could determine who wins the electoral college vote or change the senate race."
He said the Trump campaign is "smart to put a marker down for a future challenge, considering what happened in 2000 in Florida."
Chelsea Clinton votes for Mom
"One of the greatest honors of my life was voting for you today mom. As always, I'm beyond proud of you," she tweeted.
Russian officials told to stay away from US voting booths
Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Maria Zakharova wrote a post on FacebookTuesday saying FBI agents put “direct pressure” on Russian diplomats to stay away from US polling stations on Election Day, alleging that one such encounter took place near a polling place in Houston.
Image: Russian President Putin
People line up to put stickers on Susan B Anthony's grave
One election day queue of a different kind could be seen in Mount Hope Cemetery in Rochester, New York, where people turned out to pay tribute to Susan B Anthony (1820-1906), who championed votes for women. Some people left yellow roses, a symbol of the women's suffrage movement, while her tombstone became covered in stickers reading "I voted" or "I voted today". More than a century after Anthony's death, the US may be about to elect its first female president in the form of Hillary Clinton.
Colorado is going to be close
Colorado, a swing state which voted for previous winners Barack Obama and George W Bush, has polled as a win for Hillary Clinton this time around. But analysis from one modelling company suggests she could have a narrower lead in the state than was widely thought - 46.3% to Donald Trump's 43.6%.
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