Nov 9, 2016 23:16(IST) Obama says he'll smooth transfer of power
Washington: President Barack Obama says he's instructing his team to make sure there is a peaceful transfer of power to Donald Trump.
Obama spoke Wednesday in the White House's Rose Garden following Trump's upset victory in Tuesday's presidential election.
He noted that he and Trump have had big differences. Trump promises to repeal many of Obama's achievements over the past eight years. Obama had warned voters that if Trump were to win, "all that progress goes down the drain."
Now, Obama said "we all want what's best for this country." He said the point is that we all go forward with a presumption of good faith in all citizens. He says that's how the country has moved forward and he's confident that the incredible American journey will continue.
23:12(IST) Obama on Trump victory: We are now all rooting for his success
Washington: President Barack Obama urged Democrats on Wednesday to put aside their disappointment after Republican Donald Trump won the race to replace him and work toward a successful transition of presidential power.
"We are now all rooting for his success in uniting and leading the country," Obama said after a bitter campaign where he worked hard on Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton's behalf to defeat Trump, who has pledged to undo Obama's top legislative and executive accomplishments.
"I want to make sure that hand-off is well executed because ultimately we're all on the same team," Obama said.
23:08(IST) Obama vows to ensure smooth transition for Trump
Citing transition with Bush, Obama promises a smooth, cooperative transition with Trump
23:04(IST) Obama on Hillary Clinton
“I could not be prouder of her. She has lived an extraordinary life of public service"
22:59(IST) Don't be discouraged by the election results: Obama
"I have lost elections before. But that's how politics work sometimes. When we loose we learn from mistakes, and then get back to the arena. We all go forward with a presumption of good faith. That faith is how the country has come this far."
22:56(IST) I have invited Trump to the White House: Obama
22:53(IST) President Obama addresses US citizens from White House
Speaking from the Rose Garden in the White House said: "The peaceful transition is one of the hallmarks of our democracy, and we are going to show that to the world. We are not Democrats first, Republicans first. We are Americans first. We all want what's best for America."
22:25(IST) Clinton wishes for a hopeful America
On an emotional note, Clinton ended her speech and delivered a powerful message. She said, "I believe we are stronger together and will go forward together. Let us have faith in each other. There are more seasons to come and there is more work to do. I am thankful for this chance to represent you."
22:22(IST) Clinton has a message for the American people
"I have had some setbacks. Many of you will have successes and setbacks too. never stop believing that fighting for what's right is worth it. To all the women who put their faith in this campaign in me, nothing has made me prouder and to be your champion. I know we still have not shattered that glass ceiling, but someday some one will, and sooner. To all the little girls, never doubt that you are valuable and can achieve your dreams."
She thanks her campaign people and the volunteers who helped her campaign. She thanks the donors.
"You poured your heart in this campaign. I want each of to know, you were the best campaign anyone who could have accepted."
22:18(IST) Clinton thanks Obama
She thanks Barack and Michelle Obama. "Our country owes you an enormous debt of gratitude. Your graceful determined leadership has mean so much to so many people."
22:16(IST) Hillary sounds hopeful in her concession speech
"I hope Trump will be a successful president for all Americans. I feel pride and gratitude for the wonderful campaign we built together. Being your candidate has been one of the greatest honours of my life. I know you feel disappointed and I feel it too. This is painful and is going to be for a long time. Our campaign wasn't about one person. It was about building a America which is hopeful. I still believe in America. We must accept this result. Donald Trump will be the President. We must respect and cherish the peaceful transfer of power. We must defend our Constitutional values. Our constitutional democracy demands our participation all the time. Making our economy work for everyone. Protecting our country and our planet.."
Hillary Clinton arrives to speak to her supporters 22:09(IST) Tim Kaine introduces Clinton at concession speech
"My wife Hannah is so proud of Hillary Clinton. I am proud of Clinton because she has been a history-maker. I am proud of her because she has inspired us to dream. In everything she has done she has made history. She has made a career out of helping children. I am excited and proud of her because she has built a wonderful time. Her loyalty and compassion to people is remarkable. I am proud of her because she loves this country. She knows our system and is deeply in love with it. Her love of country is obvious to everyone."
He added, "
“They kilt us, but they ain’t whupped us yet. Because we know that the work remains." 22:01(IST) 22:01(IST) 21:55(IST) 21:54(IST) Paul Ryan, gives a speech after Donald Trump's win. On Wednesday, in a rushed speech, the 54th and current Speaker of the US House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan supported Trump's victory. He said, "Last night I spoke with president- elect Donald Trump. We spoke on bringing the country together. This is the most incredible feat I have seen in a lifetime. Many citizens have lost faith in our constitution. Trump connected with people in a way no one else did. We will work hand in hand to tackle the challenges of the country." He also offered his congratulations to Trump's running mate, Mike Pence. He said, :I want to congratulate Mike Pence. He is a good man." "I am very proud of the campaign than we ran. Our house majority is greater than anyone expected. Now we have important work to do.We will honour the principles our country was founded on. We will apply those principles on the problems of this day."
Our democracy can be messy. We do remain sharply divided. Trump set the right tone last night. This is the time for redemption."
He called to replace Obamacare. 21:37(IST) The stage is set at the Wyndham New Yorker hotel
This will be a difficult speech for Clinton as she loses the seat in the Oval Office for the second time. She has served as a Senator and Secretary of State of the United States of America. She has also served as the First Lady of the United States during the presidency of her husband Bill Clinton from 1993 to 2001.
21:28(IST) Hillary Clinton to concede publicly
Following her defeat against Donald Trump, Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton is going to deliver her concession speech at the Wyndham New Yorker Hotel in front of her supporters. She will deliver speech with her running mate Tim Kaine.
Paul Ryan, the 54th and current Speaker of the US House of Representatives is also slated to give a speech soon. 21:15(IST) George Bush, 41st President of the United States of America gave his best wishes to president-elect Donald Trump in a tweet.
According to reports, George W Bush (the 43rd President of the United States and son of George Bush Sr) did not vote for Donald Trump in the US presidential elections 2016.
21:11(IST) 21:08(IST) UN counts on Trump to combat climate change, advance rights: Ban Ki-moon
The United Nations will count on Donald Trump's new US administration to help combat climate change and advance human rights worldwide, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Wednesday.
Ban congratulated the US president-elect on his victory and said people everywhere look to the United States to work for the common good.
AFP 21:07(IST) Mexican peso plunges 7.64% on Trump win: bank
The Mexican peso plunged by 7.64 percent to a record low against the dollar on Wednesday after Donald Trump's shock US election win, market data showed.
The Mexican currency weakened to a level of 20.3 pesos to the dollar, according to trading data from private bank Citibanamex.
AFP 21:04(IST) Hillary Clinton to soon give concession speech in New York following her defeat in the US presidential election 2016
President Barack Obama will also publicly address the shock election of Donald Trump as his successor for the first time Wednesday, the White House said.
With the world's hyper-power facing an uncertain future and Obama's eight-year legacy under mortal threat, the outgoing president will speak in the Cabinet Room of the White House at 12:15 pm (1715 GMT).
20:21(IST) US stocks open broadly lower
Stocks are opening slightly lower on Wall Street as markets have a tempered reaction to the victory of Donald Trump in the U.S. presidential election.
Markets had been jittery over the prospect of a Trump administration in recent weeks, but the declines in early trading on Wall Street Wednesday were modest.
Health care stocks bucked the downward trend and were broadly higher, led by drugmakers. Investors had feared Hillary Clinton would implement curbs on drug pricing increases that could hurt drugmakers and biotechnology companies.
Pfizer jumped 9 percent, the biggest gain in the Dow Jones industrial average.
The Dow was down 64 points, or 0.4 percent, to 18,268. The Standard & Poor's 500 index lost 11 points, or 0.5 percent, to 2,128. The Nasdaq composite lost 38 points, or 0.8 percent, to 5,153.
AP 16:15(IST) Prospect of Trump presidency unnerves companies, economists
The prospect of a Donald Trump presidency unnerves businesspeople and economists who see him as a reckless novice who might disrupt trade and imperil the struggling global economy.
Financial markets tumbled on Wednesday as Trump claimed victory after a campaign marked by fiery anti-foreign rhetoric and promises to tear up trade deals, restrict immigration and lock up political rivals.
Trump's confrontational stance toward China and other trading partners, shifting and radical positions on key issues and lack of detailed plans have left many saying it is impossible to know what he might do in office.
That has added to jitters over his upset victory. By 3 am Trump had claimed 276 electoral votes to Hillary Clinton's 218. Trump vowed to unite the nation after a long campaign season fraught with antagonism.
"We simply can't know what type of President Trump will be," said Paul Ashworth, chief US economist for Capital Economics, in a report.
"Will he be the demagogue from the campaign trail, who threatened to lock up his political opponents, punish the media, build border walls and start a global trade war?" said Ashford. "Or is he capable of becoming a statesmanlike figure who leads in a more measured manner?"
Trump's campaign tapped into American economic anxiety and frustration among workers who feel they have been left behind by globalisation.
The celebrity businessman threatened to scrap trade deals and penalise US firms that shift jobs abroad. Proposals, including building a wall along the Mexican border to block immigration resonated with white working class voters who feel abandoned by traditional leaders.
The world will see a rise in protectionism if Trump makes good on promises of a more aggressive approach to dealing with countries such as China, Germany, Japan and South Korea, said Ha Keon-hyeong, an economist at Shinhan Investment Corp in Seoul.
"It will strengthen protectionism," said Ha. "That's basically bad."
15:38(IST) Climate diplomats push back against Trump's victory
Stunned participants at UN climate talks in Marrakesh insisted on Wednesday that climate change denier Donald Trump cannot derail the global shift to clean energy, although some called his victory in US presidential elections a "disaster".
Trump "cannot prevent the implementation" of the landmark Paris pact, inked in the French capital last December, said Segolene Royal, France's environment minister and outgoing head of the UN climate forum.
"As I speak, 103 countries representing 70 percent of (greenhouse gas) emissions have ratified it, and he cannot -- contrary to his assertions -- undo the Paris Agreement," she told French radio station RTL.
Trump has described global warming as a "hoax" perpetrated by the Chinese government, and has said at different times that he would "renegotiate" or "cancel" the 196-nation deal.
- AFP 15:26(IST)
People protest against US Presidential-Elect Donald Trump on the streets of Berkeley, CA 15:23(IST)
UK Prime Minister Theresa May congratulates Donald Trump, promising 'strong' ties: AFP 15:01(IST)
President Pranab Mukherjee congratulates US President-Elect Donald Trump 14:57(IST)
Juncker tweeted the official European Commission statement 14:48(IST)
Trump invited to European Union summit 14:47(IST) Nato head Jens Stoltenberg too congratulates Trump
US leadership is essential in facing up to new security challenges, Nato head Jens Stoltenberg said on Wednesday as he congratulated Republican Donald Trump on a stunning US election victory.
"We face a challenging new security environment, including hybrid warfare, cyber attacks, the threat of terrorism. US leadership is as important as ever," Stoltenberg said.
"I look forward to working with President-elect Trump," he added.
South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham released his statement 14:43(IST) Freedom of the Press Foundation's statement after Trump win
"Donald J. Trump, now the official President elect, is an enemy of press freedom unlike any we have seen in modern presidential history."
"We may be in for the biggest press freedom fight of our lives for the next 4 years. The fight may be hard, and it may be long, but we want you to know: Every threat, every lawsuit, every subpoena, every prosecution, we will be there holding Trump accountable and upholding the First Amendment."
Major dailies release their front pages 14:36(IST) Moscow stocks higher: AFP
Moscow stocks higher after Trump win.
14:35(IST) Japan congratulates Trump
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe congratulated Donald Trump on Wednesday on his election as US president and vowed that the countries will maintain their close relationship.
"I express my heartfelt congratulations on your election as the next president of the United States," Abe said in a statement.
"Japan and the United States are unshakeable allies connected by common values such as freedom, democracy, basic human rights and rule of law," Abe added.
14:26(IST) Protests across US against Trump's presidency
As President-elect Donald Trump stressed on 'working together", The Guardian repoted that protests have broken out across the country after the election was called in Trump's favour.
14:19(IST) Hungary applauds Trump's victory
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban congratulated U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on his election victory on Wednesday, with the words "What a great news. Democracy is still alive" posted on his Facebook page.
Orban said in July that Trump's plans on migration and foreign policy were "vital" for Hungary, whereas those of rival Democrat Hillary Clinton were "deadly".
Orban was then the first European head of state to express a clear preference for either of the two candidates. 14:16(IST) Russia applauds America's mandate
Russia's lower house of parliament is applauding the election of Donald Trump as the next US president. State news agency RIA-Novosti says Vyacheslav Novikov, a member of the foreign affairs committee from the governing United Russia party, addressed the State Duma on Wednesday morning.
Novikov said that "three minutes ago, Hillary Clinton acknowledged her defeat in the US presidential elections and just a second ago, Trump began his speech as president-elect. I congratulate all of you on this."
The chamber, where the pro-Kremlin party holds an overwhelming majority, then broke into applause, the report said.
With inputs from Associated Press 14:13(IST) Turkey reacts Turkey's justice minister says a change of presidents in the United States won't make a big difference to the "deep-rooted" relations between the two countries, Associated Press reports.
Bekiz Bozdag told the state-run Anadolu Agency on Wednesday: "in essence our relations are relations between two states and we hope that under the new presidential term the Turkish-U.S. relations will be much better. That is our expectation."
Bozdag noted that Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's win came despite intense campaigning in favor of his rival Hillary Clinton. 14:10(IST)
PM Narendra Modi congratulates Trump 14:09(IST) Mexicans bow in disbelief
Mexicans bowed their heads in disbelief, the peso tumbled and the government prepared a response as Donald Trump, whose anti-immigrant rhetoric infuriated the country, won the US presidential election.
The dollar was buying 20.78 pesos, eclipsing the Mexican currency's previous low of 19.93 set in September.
Mexicans have closely watched the US presidential campaign ever since Trump burst into the scene last year by calling migrants "rapists" and drug dealers.
Sri Lanka congratulates Trump 14:04(IST) Indian cheerleaders of Trump rejoice: Hindu Sena chief congratulates President-elect A far-right Hindu group which has been one of Donald Trump's most avid overseas cheerleaders began celebrating in New Delhi Wednesday as the Republican pulled off a shock US presidential election victory.
Vishnu Gupta, chief of the ultra-nationalist 'Hindu Sena' outfit, said supporters had taken to the streets to bang traditional drums even before Trump claimed victory and would also distribute celebratory sweets.
Trump has called for a ban on all Muslims entering the United States and Gupta said his message had wide resonance. "Now terrorists will be hunted everywhere in the world, even if they go and hide in a cave. Now only God can help Pakistan. India will now have the support of the US in our efforts against terrorists. We will be together in this."
With inputs from AFP 14:00(IST) "We don't know what type of President will Trump be"
"We simply can't know what type of President Trump will be," said Paul Ashworth, chief US economist for Capital Economics, in a report.
"Will he be the demagogue from the campaign trail, who threatened to lock up his political opponents, punish the media, build border walls and start a global trade war?" said Ashford. "Or is he capable of becoming a statesmanlike figure who leads in a more measured manner?" 13:59(IST) Prospect of Trump presidency unnerves companies, economists The prospect of a Donald Trump presidency unnerves businesspeople and economists who see him as a reckless novice who might disrupt trade and imperil the struggling global economy. Financial markets tumbled Wednesday as Trump claimed victory after a campaign marked by fiery anti-foreign rhetoric and promises to tear up trade deals, restrict immigration and lock up political rivals.
Trump's confrontational stance toward China and other trading partners, shifting and radical positions on key issues and lack of detailed plans have left many saying it is impossible to know what he might do in office. 13:58(IST) Trump needs a whisperer: Political pundits
Keeping in mind what Trump believes about many important things which will eventually impact the world, political observers said that the President-elect will need a "whisperer" so that he does not build a wall around the US. The discussion was around Trump's ideology about immigration and such sensitive topics.
13:56(IST) 13:56(IST) US allies and foes scramble to understand how did Trump win
Global financial markets fell as US allies convened emergency meetings of their financial and security agencies to assess the impact of Republican candidate Donald Trump's ascension to the White House, CNN reports. Trump's election as the 45th president of the United States rocked Washington's political establishment and sent shock waves overseas. Allies of US and foes scrambled to understand how the real-estate mogul and political outsider had pulled off an upset victory and would change their ties to the world's most powerful country.
South Korea called a meeting of its National Security Council as Japan's top financial officials huddled amid a 1,000-point plunge in the Nikkei stock market. Markets in the UK and France have also dropped, reports say.
Share markets collapse after US elects Donald Trump as President 13:48(IST) Dear Trump, here's what Twitter feels about your win
While President-elect Donald Trump, his family and his supporters are hailing the "historic" win, Twitter is weeping.
13:43(IST) 13:41(IST) 13:41(IST) And the mudslinging follows...
Soon after a landslide victory, Republican Reince Priebus in a series of tweets said:
13:39(IST) Trump Triumphs
New York Times' releases its next edition
13:36(IST) 13:35(IST) "Will be here for, maybe, ummm... 8 years"
President-elect hinted at being in power for two consecutive terms.
13:32(IST) Melania creates history too
Melania Trump to be first foreign born First Lady since Louisa Adams during the presidency of husband John Quincy Adams in the late 1820s.
13:30(IST) Partnership and not conflict: Donald Trump
"Every single American will have the opportunity to realise his or her fullest potential," Donald Trump said in his victory speech. "The forgotten men and women of our country will be forgotten no longer. We are going to fix our inner cities and rebuild our … infrastructure, which will become, by the way, second to none. We will get along with all other nations willing to get along with us."
"We will get along fairly with everyone," he said, and seek "partnership, not conflict." 13:29(IST) Trump has the task of uniting US especially after an ugly, acrimonious campaign
The billionaire real estate magnate needed an almost perfect run through the swing states — and he got it, winning Ohio, North Carolina and Florida. The Republican swept to victory over Hillary Clinton in the ultimate triumph for a campaign that repeatedly shattered the conventions of politics to pull off a remarkable upset.
"Trump faces the task of uniting a nation traumatised by the ugliest campaign in modern history and ripped apart by political divides exacerbated by his own explosive rhetoric -- often along the most tender national fault lines such as race and gender,"
13:26(IST) President-elect Trump: I will be President for all
"She fought hard. Hillary has worked very long and very hard over a long period of time, and we owe her a major debt of gratitude for her service to our country. I mean that very seriously. Now it’s time for America to bind the wounds of division." He continued: “It is time for us to come together as one united people.”
"Ours was not a campaign, but rather, an incredible and great movement."
Empire State Building celebrates Trump's win 13:24(IST) Donald Trump addresses supporters
At campaign headquarters in New York, President-elect Donald Trump says,
"I just got a call from secretary Clinton. She called to congratulate us. We owe Hillary a major gratitude for her work. It is time for all Republicans to come together as one united people. I pledge to every citizen of the USA."
"Ours was not a campaign, it was a movement." 13:19(IST) 13:19(IST) Clinton to speak later
Hillary Clinton is planning on speaking Wednesday — likely in the morning — in what one aide described would be a "gracious" speech intended to "heal the country."
13:18(IST) Mike Pence addresses nation
This is a historic night," Mike Pence said at the Donald Trump victory party in New York this morning.
“The American people have spoken, and the American people have elected their new champion. America has elected a new president, and it’s almost hard for me to express the honor that I and my family feel that we will have the privilege to serve as your vice president of the United States of America.” 13:14(IST)
Donald Trump will be elected America's 45th president 13:11(IST) Clinton calls Trump to concede election: CNN
Hillary Clinton has called Donald Trump to concede the race.
Donald Trump will be president of the United States 13:01(IST) Trump will win Wisconsin, CNN projects
Trump about to take the stage 12:54(IST)
Republicans will keep control of the Senate 12:49(IST)
Trump supporters boo at Podesta's remarks 12:48(IST)
Donald Trump arrives at his election headquarters: CNN 12:44(IST)
Clinton supporters grieve after Podesta's announcement 12:38(IST) 12:37(IST) Hillary Clinton will not speak tonight
“I know you’ve been here a long time and it’s been a long night and it’s been a long campaign, but I can say, we can wait a little longer, can’t we?" Podesta said to cheers. "We’re still counting votes and every vote should count. Several states are too close to call, so we’re not going to have anything more to say tonight.”
12:35(IST) John Podesta speaks at Clinton headquarters
Podeasta says that the entire Clinton campaign is proud of the American voters. He, however, does not concede defeat. The Clinton group will wait till all the votes are counted. 12:32(IST) Campaign chair to speak shortly at Clinton headquarters
Clinton campaign chair John Podesta to speak shortly at Clinton headquarters.
Hillary Clinton may not speak at Convention Centre today 12:28(IST) Marine Le Pen congratulates Donald Trump
Trump administration would maintain US policy on North, believes South Korea 12:21(IST)
Donald Trump after his win 12:19(IST)
Paul Ryan congratulates Donald Trump 12:16(IST)
Donald Trump will win Alaska | CNN 12:11(IST) 12:08(IST)
Royal Jordanian Airlines' take on a Donald Trump win 12:04(IST)
The mood turns sombre now as people wait 12:02(IST) Barack Obama's message to the voters
President Obama addressed the nation on Election Day in a
BuzzFeed video posted on Twitter. He told Americans that "no matter what happens, the sun will rise in the morning and America will always be the greatest nation on Earth." 11:53(IST)
Republicans retain control of the Senate with victory in Pennsylvania:
AP 11:51(IST) 11:24(IST)
Trump needs 25 more electoral votes to become President 11:12(IST)
London futures market falls nearly 5% on prospect of Trump win: AFP 10:57(IST) Canada's immigration site appears to crash as Trump inches closer to White House
As Donald Trump inches closer to the White House, Canada's main immigration website appeared to suffer continuous outages.
"Some users in the United States, Canada and Asia saw an internal serve error message when trying to access the www.cic.gc.ca/ website," reported
. Reuters 10:56(IST) Hillary Clinton wins Nevada: AP exit poll
She is still a long way from defeating Donald Trump though.
10:44(IST) Kamala Harris becomes first Indian-American to win US Senate seat from California
California's Attorney General Kamala Harris scripted history as she won the US Senate seat from the state, becoming the first Indian-American to reach the feat.
Harris, 51, who defeated fellow Democrat Loretta Sanchez, is also the sixth black individual to be elected to the US Senate. US President Barack Obama was the fifth black elected Senator.
She is the first black woman elected to the upper chamber in more than two decades. —
America's future hung in the balance on Tuesday as millions of eager voters cast ballots to elect Democrat Hillary Clinton as their first woman president, or hand power to the billionaire populist Donald Trump.
As the world held its collective breath, Americans were called to make a historic choice between two radically different visions for the most powerful nation on Earth.
While Clinton has a slim lead in polls, no one was ruling out a victory by her Republican rival Trump — with the winner's name not expected to be known before 3 am GMT on Wednesday.
By 5 pm GMT, voting was underway in all 50 states and the capital Washington. In Virginia horse country, balmy south Florida, and busy Manhattan long lines snaked into the streets outside polling stations.
The time has come for America to decide between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. AP
"I'm excited. I can't believe I finally get to vote," said Jose Maria Molleda, 63, a new US citizen casting his ballot at a Presbyterian church in Clifton, Virginia, where a crowd of 150 gathered before dawn for the opening of polls in the swing state.
Katie Kope, another first-time voter in Staten Island, New York, was jubilant after casting her ballot for Trump and his promise to reclaim power from a corrupt Washington elite.
"I was kind of torn between the two but I don't trust Hillary, so that's what it came down to," said the 19-year-old.
An hour's drive north, a crowd of admirers chanted "Madam President" as Clinton and husband Bill voted near their home in Chappaqua.
"I'm so happy, I'm just incredibly happy," a beaming Clinton said as she emerged, shaking hands, mingling and chatting with the crowd.
"I know how much responsibility goes with this," said the 69-year-old former secretary of state. "So many people are counting on the outcome of this election, what it means for our country, and I'll do the very best I can if I'm fortunate enough to win today."
A few hours later it was Trump who rolled up to his voting station in Manhattan, casting his ballot alongside wife Melania in a school gymnasium.
"Right now it's looking very good," he told reporters — paying no heed to the crowd of protesters who welcomed him with chants of "New York hates you!"
Who wears the pants
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.
In must-win Florida, Clinton was already assured of the vote of 74-year-old Leonor Perez, who cast her ballot in the Cuban enclave of Hialeah near Miami.
"I voted for Hillary because it's time for a woman to wear the pants in this country," Perez said.
Clinton urged the country Monday to unite and vote for "a hopeful, inclusive, big-hearted America."
Trump pressed his message with voters who feel left behind by globalisation and social change, wrapping up with a flourish on his protectionist "America first" platform.
"Just imagine what our country could accomplish if we started working together as one people, under one God, saluting one American flag," the former reality television star, 70, told cheering supporters in Michigan.
'Test of our time'
In a kick-off midnight vote, the residents of tiny Dixville Notch, New Hampshire cast their traditional first-in-nation ballots with a total of eight votes — Clinton getting four, Trump two, and two votes going to others.
No full results or exit polls will be available before polling stations begin to close on the US East Coast from 7 pm (12 am GMT Wednesday), and it may be three or more hours after that before the direction of the race becomes clear.
Even then, questions remain. Trump has repeatedly claimed Democrats and the media are seeking to rig the race and said last month that he may not concede defeat if he thinks voting is unfair.
Asked at his voting location whether he would concede if networks call the election for Clinton, Trump said: "We'll see what happens."
Clinton has pushed a more optimistic vision, despite a wobble in recent weeks when the FBI reopened an investigation into whether she had put US secrets at risk by using a private email server — only to close the probe again on Sunday.
In a radio interview on the last night of the campaign, she said the matter was behind her, and she courted voters at her final rallies in Philadelphia with President Barack 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.
"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."
'I will fight for you'
Trump meanwhile concluded a last-gasp tour of swing states by painting his rival as a corrupt creature of a discredited elite.
Promising to end "years of betrayal," tear up free-trade deals, seal the border and subject Syrian refugees to "extreme vetting", Trump told supporters in New Hampshire: "I am with you and I will fight for you and we will win."
Voters are also electing the entire 435-member House of Representatives, and candidates for 34 seats in the 100-member Senate, where Democrats are seeking to snatch control back from Republicans.
Trump's campaign spooked world markets seeking stability after the recent global slowdown.
Early Tuesday afternoon, the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the S&P 500 were each up about 0.6 percent.
Andy McLevey of London stockbroker Interactive Investor said investors were still treading with caution.
"Despite polls signalling a Hillary Clinton victory seems likely, it is still too close to call and we may see some jitters as the day progresses," he said.
With inputs from agencies
First Published On : Nov 9, 2016 14:30 IST