U.S. ELECTIONS 2016

American voters choose their 45th President

Republican Donald Trump defeated Democrat Hillary Clinton after clinching Pennsylvania with the remaining states slated to go Republican  in an unprecedented presidential race.

Reporting from Clinton's rally in New York City, Al Arabiya's Talal al-Haj reported Pennsylvania that Democrats' mood started shifting from its earlier jubilant mood.

"The mood was very jubilant earlier in the night but has gone somber as the battleground states of Ohio and Florida started tilting toward Trump," he said.

The tide of the elections changed once Trump won the key battleground states of Florida and Ohio.

The Government of Canada's immigration website crashed on Tuesday night as the US election results were rolling in. The site went down about 10:30 p.m. ET on Tuesday, and there was intermittent accessibility after that. Oil prices also took a tumble as Trump pulled ahead in the close election.

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Reporting from Dearborn, Michigan, Al Arabiya News Channel’s correspondent Muna Shikaki spoke to several Arab-American candidates who seemed they were divided on both voting for either candidates, or none at all.

One voter in particular, Zahera Zahreddin said she and her family members did not check the ballot for the presidential election and instead, focusing on the local elections of Arab-American candidates at the state representative and state board levels.

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“I actually did not vote for any of the candidates for president because I do not believe in their foreign policy agendas regarding the Middle East,” Zahreddin told Al Arabiya.

“Even though Clinton is considered an established and veteran politician, I have some fears of what her policies will be like and how it will affect my family members living across the Middle East,” she added.

Another voter told Al Arabiya she voted for Clinton over Trump but not out of necessity.

“I’m voted for Clinton but not necessarily because she is better than Trump as most Arab-Americans usually do not trust established politicians when it comes to foreign policy. But at the end of the day, Trump has repeatedly said that he would increase surveillance of Muslims in America,” Nawal Dabasha told Al Arabiya.

Al Arabiya speaks to Zahera Zahreddin outside a Dearborn, Michigan polling station. (Al Arabiya)

American-Pakistani-Bahraini, Shahla Shahnawaz, who has campaigned for Sanders, also rejects the “lesser than the two evils” narrative. But the Virginia-based Shahnawaz told Al Arabiya English that she is voting for Trump.

While Shahnawaz “truly believes” Trump is “incapable of being the president” and that “he will end up being impeached or leaving by choice,” the 26-year-old mulls her decision as a possible thunderbolt to “wake up” American Muslims.

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Mexicans on border fear catastrophe if Trump wins http://ara.tv/vx8b7
US Arab Sanders supporters: Some edge toward Clinton, others loath her http://ara.tv/2gcau
Russian media backs Trump, questions US democracy http://ara.tv/9938g
What if we all got to choose the president of America? http://ara.tv/j7k9j

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