U.S. ELECTIONS 2016

Clinton, Trump cast their vote in historic US election

Democratic US vice presidential candidate Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) arrives to cast his ballot accompanied by his wife Anne Holton at the Hermitage Methodist Home polling station in Richmond, Virginia, US November 8, 2016. (Reuters)

Donald Trump cast his ballot Tuesday near his New York home, in a historic election pitting him against Democrat Hillary Clinton, who is seeking to become America’s first woman president.

After casting his vote in the basketball court of Public School 59 Beekman Hill International, the Republican presidential nominee quipped to reporters that it was a “tough decision” to make his voting choice.

Outside the polling station, at least a hundred people gathered on either side shouted “New York hates you!” before a huge media presence as Trump entered and exited.

There were also rival cheers, including from about half a dozen construction workers doing work on the street and wearing hard hats with Trump Pence stickers.

“We’ll see what happens,” Trump said when asked whether he would concede if the election were called for Clinton following a bruising, often nasty campaign.

“It’s looking very good. Right now it’s looking very good. It will be an interesting day. Thank you,” Trump added at the rowdy polling station, where crowds chanted slogans in the background.

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and wife Melania Trump walk with their ballots to the scanner after voting at PS 59 in New York, New York, U.S. November 8, 2016. (Reuters)

 

Clinton says ‘I am very happy’

Clinton casts her vote early Tuesday near her home in New York state.

Chanting “Madam President,” about 150 supporters turn out to cheer on the Democratic nominee, who votes with husband Bill Clinton at an elementary school near their home in Chappaqua.

“I’m so happy, I’m just incredibly happy,” says a smiling Clinton as she emerges from the polling station, shaking hands, mingling and chatting with the crowd.

“All my friends and my neighbors, it makes me so happy.”

Earlier, the Democratic Vice Presidential nominee Tim Kaine has cast his ballot for president in his hometown of Richmond, Virginia, the Associated Press reported.

Democratic US vice presidential candidate Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) arrives to cast his ballot accompanied by his wife Anne Holton at the Hermitage Methodist Home polling station in Richmond, Virginia, US November 8, 2016. (Reuters)

Kaine and his wife, Anne Holton, voted shortly after polls opened at 6 a.m. at a retirement community near their home.
Kaine was cheered by supporters waiting in line.

After voting, he spoke to reporters where he encouraged Americans to vote and said that if elected, he and running mate Hillary Clinton would try and bring the country together.

“The sign of a vigorous democracy is one where a lot of people participate,” Kaine said.

Meanwhile, Donald Trump has a final message to his supporters in the election's waning hours: “We have to win.”

The GOP nominee tells his final rally crowd in Grand Rapids, Michigan that: “If we don't win, this will be the single greatest waste of time, energy and money in my life.”

Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton is calling on voters to reject Trump’s “dark and divisive” vision. She says there’s no reason why “America's best days are not ahead of us.”

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