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Hillary Clinton says, 'Never stop fighting'; Obama invites Trump to White House

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Hillary Clinton says, 'Never stop fighting'; Obama invites Trump to White House

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10:34 (ist)

Donald Trump poised for shock victory over Hillary Clinton

Billionaire populist Donald Trump was poised for a possible shock victory over Hillary Clinton in Tuesday's historic US presidential election, as a string of swing state victories for the Republican jolted world markets and stunned her supporters.

As polls closed and media called state races one-by-one, giving the key battleground states of Ohio, Florida and North Carolina to the Republican maverick, pollsters scrambled to update their forecasts and point to an improbable upset.

Clinton -- the 69-year-old Democratic former first lady, senator and secretary of state -- began the day as the narrow favorite to win the White House and become America's first female president.

But Trump's string of successes reflected how deeply divided the American electorate has become, and showcased his ability to tap into white blue-collar voters' resentment of cultural change linked to immigration and the loss of manufacturing jobs at home.

World markets plunged as US observers awaited results from the Rust Belt state of Pennsylvania, the northeastern state of New Hampshire, and the northern states of Michigan and Wisconsin -- all now vital to Clinton's hopes.

Mexico's peso plummeted over fears that Trump will make good on his vow to wall off America's neighbor to the south.

Safe haven assets rallied, with the yen and gold rushing higher, and Wall Street futures fell 3.7 percent in after-hours trade. Asian markets were in turmoil, with Indian stocks dropping six percent.

Clinton supporters who had gathered at a glittering reception in New York expecting to hear a victory speech from Clinton fell quiet and jabbed nervously at their phones.

Major donors had tears in their eyes as they stared stupefied at the screens, and an audible gasp filled the room when North Carolina went into Trump's win column. — AFP

05:01 (ist)

Shooting reported near Los Angeles

According to CNN, a polling station in Azusa, California is on lockdown after a shooting took place nearby. At least two people have been injured.

Azusa is locatd roughly 30 miles outside Los Angeles.

00:36 (ist)

Details of the Trump lawsuit against Clark County

According to CNN, the Trump camp is suing Joe P Gloria, the Clark Country registrar of voters over the decision to extend the polling for two hours beyond the designated time.

"From the polling, it appears that Nevada is so close that the Trump campaign thinks it's worth challenging any violation in voting protocol. 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," the report quoted Robert Lang of the University of Nevada as saying.

Reuters also reported that the Trump lawsuit further alleged that Clark County election officials coordinated with Democratic activists to skew the vote.

00:26 (ist)

Julian Assange defends decision to publish emails from Hillary's campaign team

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange defended the website's decision to publish emails from Hillary Clinton's election campaign team and denied a link with Russia, as Americans went to the polls.

The anti-secrecy website was behind the damaging leak of tens of thousands of emails from the Democratic Party and Clinton's campaign last month, in the final weeks of the race for the White House.

Assange said WikiLeaks had no desire to influence Tuesday's election, only to make public the material it had.

After earlier publishing Clinton's diplomatic cables and indexing her emails, "we are seen as domain experts on Clinton archives. So it is natural that Clinton sources come to us," Assange said in a statement.

"We cannot publish what we do not have. To date, we have not received information on Donald Trump's campaign," he said, referring to Clinton's Republican rival.

"The Clinton campaign, when they were not spreading obvious untruths, pointed to unnamed sources or to speculative and vague statements from the intelligence community to suggest a nefarious allegiance with Russia. 

"The campaign was unable to invoke evidence about our publications — because none exists."

"Wikileaks remains committed to publishing information that informs the public, even if many, especially those in power, would prefer not to see it."

On 7 October, WikiLeaks began releasing thousands of emails hacked from the Gmail account of Clinton's campaign chairman John Podesta. — AFP

18:46 (ist)

Rains in a few major states could affect turnout

Pleasant and calm - two words that haven't been used to describe the presidential election - is how the weather is characterised across much of United States. 

According to this report, very little rain and snow is predicted in majority of states. However, he only state that will see any accumulating snow on Election Day is Alaska. Weather can play a significant role in voting behavior, with bad weather generally suppressing turnout. 

Rain could dampen polling places in a number of states, including a few key states across the Great Lakes and Midwest regions, the report added. 

This study from 2007 found that Richard Nixon would probably have edged out John F. Kennedy in the close 1960 election if the weather had turned foul in a few key states. 

17:21 (ist)

Key state Florida has 'flipped' for Hillary: Top pollster

Clinton’s chances of winning Florida increased to 54 percent from 48 percent, for instance, which is nontrivial but not an especially large change. Still, we know it’s something a lot of readers follow. It’s unlikely that any further states will flip to Clinton in our final forecast. 

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Nov 09, 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.

— AP

Nov 09, 2016 - 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.

— Reuters

Nov 09, 2016 - 23:08 (IST)

Obama vows to ensure smooth transition for Trump

Citing transition with Bush, Obama promises a smooth, cooperative transition with Trump

Nov 09, 2016 - 23:04 (IST)

Obama on Hillary Clinton

“I could not be prouder of her. She has lived an extraordinary life of public service"

Nov 09, 2016 - 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."

Nov 09, 2016 - 22:56 (IST)

I have invited Trump to the White House: Obama

Nov 09, 2016 - 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." 

Nov 09, 2016 - 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."

Nov 09, 2016 - 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."

Nov 09, 2016 - 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."

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.

Hillary Clinton says Never stop fighting Obama invites Trump to White House

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.

Hillary Clinton says Never stop fighting Obama invites Trump to White House

With inputs from agencies

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