Clinton, Trump In Fight To Finish Race As America Votes

As voting ended in the United States of America election yesterday, early counting revealed a close race between former first lady and secretary of state, Hillary Clinton and her Republican Party opponent, Donald Trump.
Despite the slim margin in the votes scored, Clinton appeared set to create history by emerging the first female president of the country.
Early results in the election yesterday,.....
after a long campaign which may go down as one of the most controversial in the country’s history, showed that Clinton was gradually inching towards victory, with anticipated results from Democrat strongholds in the West Coast.
There are 538 Electoral College votes, and 270 of those are required to win the election.
Clinton won in Maryland and New Jersey and had a clear lead in Illinois, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Delaware and the District of Columbia.
In a shocking twist, Clinton was projected to win New York. New York is both candidate’s home state. Poll also indicated that Clinton was leading in Florida and Ohio.
She was also projected to win in Connecticut, Michigan and New Mexico.
Early hours voting yesterday, also indicated that Hillary Clinton won Dixville Notch
But in close by Millsfield, which also voted at midnight, Trump had a big win with 16 votes to Clinton’s four.
Eight residents voted at Dixville Notch in the New Hampshire town.
This latest round of early hours voting portrayed a tradition that goes back over half-century.
Clinton also got a narrow victory in Hart’s Location, winning Trump by a 17 to 14 margin, with Johnson gaining another three votes and two more voters volunteering Sanders.
It’s being said if Hillary wins it will be because of the Obama policy, to do with immigration.
At 49.7 per cent, with Trump closely at 47.3 per cent, collegiate votes in Florida stood at 29 for the winner in that state. In New Hampshire, Clinton was leading with 49.7 per cent, with Trump at 45.5 per cent. In Indiana, Trump took the lead at 61.5 per cent with Clinton at 34.0 per cent.
And for the crucial collegiate votes, Trump had 24, while Mrs Clinton had 3.
Trump on the other hand recorded victories in Oklahoma, Mississippi, Florida and Pennsylvania among others.
Expectedly, Trump was also leading in conservative Indiana, Kentucky and West Virginia, Clinton captured less conservative Vermont, while the result for New Hampshire was still too early to call as at press time.
The Republican candidate was also projected to win Alabama, Arkansas, Virginia, Kansas, Texas, Wyoming, North Dakota, South Dakota, Louisiana, Nebraska and South Carolina.
California has 55 collegiate votes and if Clinton succeeds in California, it would be a massive win.
As the contest got heated, Trump’s senior adviser was reported to have said that “it will take a miracle for us to win.” However, the sudden grounds gained by Trump yesterday, seem to prove otherwise.
Even though North Carolina was too close to call, Mrs Clinton was leading by 6 points. This was not surprising as she has led in most public opinion polling in North Carolina since the summer. And according to a New York Times poll, 12 days ago, she was leading by 7 points and the CNN poll of polls currently has her ahead by 4 points.
According to CNN, the political consensus was unanimous that if Hillary Clinton wins North Carolina, Donald Trump will have to win every other competitive state to take the White House.
However, with or without North Carolina, Clinton will still have other means to lead.
1.3 million Democrats had already voted, compared to 990,000 Republicans as at yesterday evening.
An analysis by CNN had mentioned that if this election turns out like the last, Donald Trump would win North Carolina.
Pointing at a key difference that complicates the data, being that Independent voters came out this time in droves. They cast nearly 810,000 votes, up a whopping 42 per cent from 2012.
This group broke heavily for Romney in 2012. Again, Romney is one of Trump’s harshest critics, previously calling him a phony, and a fraud.”
Polls show that Clinton had a clear lead among African Americans, her share of black votes recently fell down by 5 per cent.
Trump, on the other hand did much better with white voters, who have increased their share by 22 per cent this election.
Trump was projected winner in South Carolina, taking nine electoral votes
North Carolina Republican Party, in a statement on Monday, boasted of the changes in turnout as a sign of the “North Carolina Obama coalition crumbling.”
Added to that, 20-something Democrats reportedly failed to show up to vote. Also, the turnout of Democrats aged 50 and older exceeded 90 per cent, while 20-something Republicans were more enthusiastic. Nearly three quarters of them who voted early in 2012 showed up again this election.
According to more reports, there have been complaints that election officials have tried to suppress votes of Democrats. The NAACP sued three counties in North Carolina for canceling the registrations of about 4,500 eligible voters. The registrations were based “exclusively on mass mailings that were returned as undeliverable.”
Meanwhile, reports from Washington to enlighten on some grey areas of the campaign and election process stated that the electoral vote totals are based on the popular votes in all 50 states. The popular votes do matter when the contest is won. For example, if in Florida, Clinton wins one vote she gets all 29 electoral votes of the state.
According to CNN exit poll, 62 per cent of voters say they made their choice in the US presidential race before September.
Meanwhile, two electoral officers were dismissed in Florida on Tuesday after a disturbance was reported to the Broward Sheriff’s office.
The office, however, did not give details on the disturbance reported, according to ABC.
Electoral officials said the fired clerks were replaced by an assistant clerk.
Also yesterday, Trump’s campaign filed a lawsuit in Nevada, claiming that a county improperly kept some polling locations open on the last night of early voting.
The suit, filed in state court, claimed that people who were not in line when polls closed at some Las Vegas locations were able to vote on Friday.
Nevada law allows people already waiting when the polls close to cast ballots.
The suit against Clark County was however not aimed at votes cast on Tuesday.
“This type of lawsuit is not unusual in presidential elections,” CNBC said in a report
Multiple reports have said Nevada, a key battleground state, saw a strong early voter turnout among Latinos, who largely favoured Trump’s rival Hillary Clinton in most surveys leading up to the election.

Former president, George Bush, didn’t vote for president
Former Republican President George W. Bush and his wife, Laura, did not cast a vote for U.S. president on Tuesday but did vote for Republicans in down-ballot races, a spokesman for Bush said.
“They voted ‘None of the Above’ for president,” Freddy Ford said in an email about the couple, who now live in Dallas.
Donald Trump, in a radio interview Tuesday, called former President George W. Bush’s decision not to vote for him “sad.”
Bush and his wife, Laura, left the presidential candidate section of their ballots blank, and instead voted for down ballot Republicans.
Appearing on the “Howie Carr Show” on WRKO Tuesday evening, Trump said he didn’t think the news has any impact.
“I think it’s sad,” Trump said.






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