• Trump won crucial swing states to win the White House.
  • Clinton called Trump to concede the election.
  • Several states, including Michigan, remain too close to call.
  • Republicans take control of both the Senate and House of Representatives.
  • An interactive look at the campaign.

He finishes with: 'I. Love. This. Country' and applause.

And there goes the next President of the United States. Strap in everyone.

Trump now paying tribute to the secret service, who were involved in an altercation with a protester at a campaign rally last week, and the New York police department.

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Donald Trump supporters climb a tree while celebrating in front of The White House while waiting for 2016 election return updates in Washington Zach Gibson/ Getty Images

In his acceptance speech, Donald Trump congratulated Hillary Clinton not just for her campaign but for her service.

He struck a conciliatory tone, speaking of Americans of all races and religions and building consensus in a divided country.

"It is time for us to come together as one united people. I pledge that I will be president for all of America and this is so important to me," he said.

He also pledged to double growth and get along with all other nations "willing to get along with us."

"We must reclaim our country's destiny," he said.

He is introduced by Mike Pence, his VP.

Our full report ahead of Donald Trump's speech is here.

Donald Trump has sent shock waves across the world, sweeping to an unprecedented victory in the US election. The 70-year-old billionaire defeated his bitter rival Hillary Clinton after a ugly campaign that was dogged at every turn by racism, bigotry and scandal.

A political outsider who alienated Republicans as well as Democrats during his campaign for the nomination and then the White House, Trump demolished Clinton in key swing states including Florida, North Carolina and Ohio, in which he won 52.2% of the vote to her 43.3%.

Various media outlets saying that Donald Trump is the new US president

Reuters reporting that Donald Trump has won Wisconsin

It looked like Trump had it sewn up in Pennsylvania, but now it seems that just 89% of the votes have been counted - not 99%.

That has given Clinton's team hope and a look at the detailed breakdown of districts shows why: many of them are in Democrat areas.

Could Bernie have done what Hilary Clinton may have failed to do? Chris Riotta crunches the numbers over on our sister site, IBTimesUS.

It appears more likely than ever real estate magnate Donald Trump has secured the White House in the 2016 presidential election. That means some Democrats are looking back on their party's primaries with a certain nostalgia, pondering the thought of whether Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders would have been able to trump the Republican nominee in the general election, had he defeated Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton earlier this year.

Is Donald Trump on the move?

It's not clear exactly what would possess her campaign manager to do so: perhaps Hillary wants to give her speech tomorrow (as it is after 2 am in New York) or perhaps they think there is a chance to challenge some of the results...

John Podesta just appeared on stage to tell those gathered at the Clinton's campaign HQ to 'head home and get some sleep'.

The wait is still on for those final states.

The word is (via the BBC) that Donald Trump and his campaign team haven't been heard from in some four hours...

Donald Trump has a two point lead in Michigan and three points in Wisconsin but they still haven't been declared. Once they do, the game is up. It is President Donald Trump.

Pennsylvania has gone to Donald Trump.

As the night has gone on the US dollar has gone into free-fall relative to the Yen and the Euro.

The Mexican Peso has been hit even harder than the dollar in a night of what Reuters has called chaotic trading.

The Republican party have held onto their Senate majority, as Pat Toomey is re-elected to the upper house in Pennsylvania.

It's a bad indicator for Clinton in the state, which is yet to call its 20 electoral votes.

It's hard to laugh at times like this. But it helps.

China seems to be eagerly anticipating a Trump presidency, with state media suggesting he would do less to disrupt the Asian powerhouse's foreign policy ambitions than Clinton. US Ambassador to China Max Baucus said US-China ties are "the world's most important relationship". Our full report by Nandini Krishnamoorthy.

How much blame for a Trump presidency can be laid at the door of Barack Obama, whose eight years in power preceded it? Or was Clinton just too toxic a candidate? The autopsy of Clinton's probable loss will be fascinating, and fingers will be pointed in all directions.

An inconsolable Cher screams out into Twitter's abyss.

The Huffington Post had, through much of the campaign, an editor's note affixed to the bottom of all its articles on Trump.

"Editor's note: Donald Trump regularly incites political violence and is a serial liar, rampant xenophobe, racist, misogynist and birther who has repeatedly pledged to ban all Muslims — 1.6 billion members of an entire religion — from entering the U.S."

That note is no more, reports Politico. At least for now.

"If he governs in a racist, misogynistic way, we reserve the right to add it back on," said a memo from Washington Bureau Chief Ryan Grim, which found its way to Politico.

IBTimes UK reporter Nicole Rojas has the report on that all important battleground Florida, where Trump came out on top.

The state, which boasts a large Latino population, initially appeared to be going the way of Clinton, but ultimately gifted Trump the simplest of paths to the White House.

Nigel Farage, the interim Ukip leader who appeared on a platform with Donald Trump during his campaign, has been doing the rounds on British broadcasters, hailing what appears to be the Republican's anointing as president. He told ITV News that the moment is "bigger than Brexit".

Trump has referred to himself as "Mr Brexit". There are parallels between the support bases for Trump and Brexit of disaffected white working and middle classes who feel sidelined and ignored by the governing elites.

Nevada is called for Clinton. It's still not over... but it nearly is. It's Clinton 215, Trump 244. She has a long way to climb up a narrow path.

It's worth remembering that while Trump is on course to win the most electoral college votes, Clinton looks like she may win the popular vote. That's exactly what happened in the 2000 election between George W. Bush and Al Gore — and we all know how that one ended. Florida was rather important back then, too.

Donald Trump wins Iowa. Another one down.

Well, quite.

There is no escaping the fact that whoever wins tonight, America is deeply and profoundly divided. This has been a bitter, spiteful campaign, and the rhetoric unprecedented. When the result is announced, and it is increasingly likely it will be President Trump, not Clinton, the new leader will face the massive task of uniting the country's 300 million citizens. Will we see a softening in Trump's tone in his victory speech? Or will he double-down on his campaign promises?

One poll before the election reckoned 28% of Americans were considering leaving if Trump wins the presidency.

So perhaps it's no coincidence that the Canadian immigration website is down... Are Americans heading for the exit?

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One bright note: marijuana has been legalised in California. At least Snoop Dogg is happy.

The latest count: Trump 216, Clinton 197. It's a race to 270 — there's many states still to declare, so it's not quite over yet.

AP: Hillary Clinton wins Oregon.

But Trump has taken North Carolina.

Asian markets are not taking at all kindly to the prospect of a Trump presidency. Our reporter Kedar Grandhi has the latest. It's not long until European markets open either. Tomorrow is going to be a messy day on the markets as investors take stock of what exactly Trump means for the US economy.

James Tennent is back on Facebook Live at Riley's, talking to conservatives about Donald Trump's remarkable success in the Mid-West.

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Hillary Clinton has won California, which is getting some cheers at her campaign headquarters but just might not be enough.

Harriet Sinclair wrote earlier this week on the impact of write-in voters on Hillary Clinton's vote, which is proving to be prophetic...

Democrats in Bernie Sanders' stomping ground of Vermont have warned his supporters not to "waste" their votes by writing in their support for him. The former presidential hopeful has backed his fellow Democrat Hillary Clinton since she beat him in the primaries, but some of his supporters are not convinced – and are planning to "write-in" their votes for him

That win in Florida, which was incredibly close, puts the Republican candidate on 197 votes and puts him within spitting distance of the White House.

Florida is called for Donald Trump!

Ohio has been won by Donald Trump with a huge 53.3% of the vote compared to 42.3% for Hillary Clinton. Another swing state goes to the Republican candidate.

Donald Trump has won Missouri and its 10 electoral college votes.

The New York Times is predicting an 87% chance of a Donald Trump victory with a massive 303 electoral college votes. He was pegged at 53% just one hour earlier.

Our colleague James Tennent is now at the Conservative Progress bash at Riley's Sports Bar, Haymarket.

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A lot of Americans have been expressing similar sentiments...

Montana has gone to Donald Trump with its three electoral college votes.

John Crowley writes: "Clinton has squeezed ahead again in Virginia with 82% of votes counted. Democrats are looking for any bit of good news at the moment."

Dow futures are now down by around 500 points as Trump's chances grow. He's now the favourite to win among some bookies and forecasters.

Another line from Smarkets: "Trump now at 54%! First time he has been ahead with traders since the market opened."

And at the bookie Ladbrokes, Trump has just overtaken Clinton as favourite to win the presidency. He is 8/11 against evens for Clinton.

Gold shoots up as the likelihood of Donald Trump becoming president increases. Considered the ultimate 'safe-haven' investment, gold tends to spike at times of economic uncertainty.

From AP on Asian shares reacting to the increasing chance of a Trump presidency:

Share benchmarks are tumbling across Asia after Donald Trump gained the lead in electoral votes, with 123 to Hillary Clinton's 97 as of 9 p.m. EST (0200 GMT). Markets had opened solidly higher but quickly shed those gains, reflecting investor concern over what a Trump presidency might mean for the economy and trade.

Japan's Nikkei 225 index dropped 2.4 percent to 16,777.85 as the U.S. dollar sank against the Japanese yen, a trend that would be unfavorable to exporters. Hong Kong's Hang Seng plunged 1.7 percent to 22,514.70.

South Korea's Kospi index fell 1.4 percent to 1,976.49 and Australia's S&P ASX/200 lost 1.2 percent to 5,196.70.

Earlier, investors had appeared convinced that Hillary Clinton would win the presidency. Clinton is viewed as a more stable option who might maintain current policies.

In currency trading, the U.S. dollar was trading at 102.60 yen down from a high earlier in the session of 105.46. The euro was at $1.1142, up from its previous close of $1.1020.

Right now, the New York Times has it at 54% probability of a Trump presidency.

Asian shares drop.

This is getting likelier. But there's still some way to go.

A quick update from betting exchange Smarkets lands in our inbox:

As Trump continues to rack up the votes in Florida, he overtook Hillary Clinton for the first time on the Smarkets exchange.

The Republican candidate's implied probability moved over the 50% mark to briefly overtake his opponent.

Trump had been trading at below a 10% chance earlier in the night when the first votes started to come in.

Trump clinches New Hampshire, and the New York Times is now calling it a toss-up election. This is going down to the wire.

Our reporter Nicole Rojas points out: Although polls have closed in several states, laws mandate that anyone already in line to vote by the time polls officially close will still be allowed to vote. That's why voting in Pennsylvania is just closing up in some parts now despite closing polls at 8pm (1am GMT).

Trump strengthens and the markets weaken: Dow futures are down around 400 points.

Our columnist James Bloodworth last week drew parallels between Brexit and the rise of Donald Trump in the US, pointing out that the Republican's support comes from a place of anger with 'elites', just as it did the Leave campaign.

Check it out here.

Odds are shortening drastically on a Trump presidency as his night gets better. Clinton is still the favourite, but the betting markets are backing him, shows Oddschecker right now — he is 6/4 with Bet365 against 8/15 for Clinton. Ladbrokes has Trump at 5/4 against Clinton's 4/7.

Trump wins Nebraska, Kansas, North Dakota, South Dakota, Texas, Wyoming, and Arkansas.

Still early, but Trump is back on the up after a shaky start.

Our roving reporter in London, James Tennent, is live right now at K-Bar in Kensington (right click to unmute the stream).

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The Mexican currency is taking a hit as the race tightens and Trump's hopes brighten.

District of Columbia has voted over 93% for Hillary Clinton

In light of the tight race in battleground state of Florida, Nicole Rojas has taken a look at the Sunshine state's recount laws.

According to state law, a recount of paper ballots is automatic when the vote margin is 0.5% or less.

But with over 90% of the votes counted in Florida, Trump seems to be leading by just over 1%, which would mean a recount is not necessary.

Mississippi has been called for Donald Trump. That's another six for the Donald.

Nigel Farage on BBC's The Andrew Marr Show on 6 November BBC

Interim Ukip leader Nigel Farage speaking on the BBC about Trump:

"He's doing very well. I think this is a hell of a run for an independent candidate isn't it... [he was] completely deserted by the upper echelons of his party, without anything like the campaign funds Hillary Clinton had, and yet here he is neck and neck.

"I think if he wins tonight there will be some quite big changes in the Republican party... He's been stabbed in the back by many in his own party."

Rhode Island has been won by Hillary Clinton.

An update on the markets from AP

Shares are mostly higher in Tokyo and other Asian markets as U.S. polls begin to close in the culmination of a highly charged presidential race.

Japan's Nikkei 225 index added 1.3 percent to 17,401.90 as the U.S. dollar surged against the Japanese yen, a trend that would help exporters.

South Korea's Kospi index added 0.4 percent to 2,012.41 and Australia's S&P ASX/200 jumped 0.8 percent to 5,298.80.

Analysts said most investors appeared convinced that Hillary Clinton will beat Donald Trump. Clinton is viewed as a more stable option who might maintain current policies.

In currency trading, the U.S. dollar was trading at 105.29 yen up from 104.96, and the euro was at $1.1000, just below its previous close of $1.1020.

The districts of Broward County and Palm Beach are still counting in Florida. Both are crucial if Clinton is to win this critical swing state, John Crowley writes.

More on the Texas situation by our colleagues Graham Lanktree and Daniele Palumbo from back in October.

Donald Trump was polling just 3% above Hillary Clinton according to a new University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll released 27 October. It showed Trump with a 45% share of the vote compared to Clinton's 42%.

Since 1980 Texas has consistently voted for the Republicans. If Clinton seized the state it would be a huge upset as Texas has the second largest share of Electoral College votes (38) after California, with 55.

Alabama has gone to Donald Trump and Texas is, remarkably, swinging between blue and red.

Florida looking incredibly close now... It looks like just 28 votes in it. 28...

Donald Trump up to 51, having won Tennessee.

Donald Trump wins South Carolina, AP claims.

It seems that turn-out in swing states across the US are showing high turnout...

Michigan and Pennsylvania are both expected to see high polling numbers, with ballots cast in the two swing states possibly exceeding those cast in 2012.

A bit of a lull in results so why not catch up on some op-eds...

Jimmy Leach on why fear and self-loathing may push America towards Trump.

Jane Merrick on five reasons why women should vote for Hillary Clinton.

Hillary Clinton wins Illinois, Massachusetts, Maryland and Delaware. Donald Trump takes Missouri, Mississippi, Oklahoma and Tennessee.

Clinton projected to win New Jersey – she is now up to 44, way ahead of Trump's 31.

Our reporter James Tennent is live with US election watchers at Dinerama in Shoreditch (right click on the stream to unmute it).

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There is nothing that cannot be made better by a Mariachi band.

Polling hours extended in some areas of North Carolina - looks like we'll be waiting a little longer for the results from this important swing state.

As America headed to the polls, teenagers in New York City told IBTimes UK's John Crowley of their frustrations that they cannot vote in the election and their anxieties over the result of the bitter race between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.

Trump's campaign manager just spoke on ABC News.

Reports coming in that Ohio, another of the vital swing states in this election, is too close to call.

AP: Donald Trump has won West Virginia.

By John Crowley in New York

With 40% of the votes counted in the key swing state of Florida, according to CNN Clinton has 48.2% of the vote with Trump slightly ahead on 48.9%. That phrase 'too close to call' springs to mind.

Sounds like some in the Trump camp are already preparing for a loss. This from CNN:

With Hillary Clinton potentially becoming America's first female president, crowds of people have flocked to the grave of 19th century suffragette Susan B. Anthony to pay respects and leave their "I Voted" stickers on her tombstone. This video looks at how Anthony changed US politics forever.

By John Crowley in New York

For one night only, American football took a backseat to rolling election TV coverage in downtown bars in New York. Other workers in and around Wall St streamed home wearing 'I've voted' stickers on their lapels as darkness fell.

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The racial divide in Georgia is stark.

Our report is in on that shooting near a California polling station. One person is reported dead. Nicole Rojas has the latest on this developing story.

AP has already called the results of some states: Donald Trump takes Indiana and Kentucky; Hillary Clinton wins Vermont.

Polls have now started to close on the East Coast of America in the US presidential election, including those in the key swing state of Florida.

Shots have reportedly been fired near a California polling station, prompting authorities to put the building on lockdown.

Four people were reported injured in the incident in Azusa, close to Los Angeles, according to NBC, while police advised civilians to stay away from the area.

Will polls in North Carolina stay open later than expected? Voting chaos on the ground in the swing state had led the state board of elections to call a conference to discuss staying open later.

House minority leader Nancy Pelosi has hit out at the FBI's decision to reopen the probe into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server during her time as secretary of state.

Pelosi suggested FBI director James Comey's decision to look into potential new evidence may have cost the Democrats some seats.

"He became the leading Republican political operative in the country, wittingly or unwittingly," The Washington Post reported her as saying.

Preliminary national exit polls for the US election have begun to emerge, providing insight at how voters see the two main candidates: Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Both nominees have reached record levels of unpopularity and historically low levels of trust.

According to NBC News, 61% of voters see Trump unfavourably while 54% of voters see his Democratic rival unfavourably. A considerable amount of voters also view the candidates as being dishonest and untrustworthy – 59% for Clinton and 65% for Trump.

When will the polls close across the country? Find out how much time you have left to vote...

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Donald Trump's lawsuit against a Nevada county may not hold much weight after a judge refused to seize ballots to determine if they were cast by voters who joined the queue after the allotted polling time ended.

"I am not going to expose people doing their civic duty to help people vote ... to public attention, ridicule, and harassment," NBC News reported Clark County Judge Gloria Sturman as saying. "I'm not going to do it."

Donald Trump's campaign spokesman has suggested the GOP nominee could win the election without Florida, Ohio or North Carolina.

He said in an interview with CNN: "There are other scenarios if for some reason we don't win one of these. We look at Michigan, we feel very good about today, Colorado, we feel very good and Pennsylvania we are closing very strongly."

By John Crowley in New York

As the US election was well underway, Victor Odusoti wound down by playing a game of table tennis with a friend in the shadows of the Freedom Tower in New York.

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Victor Odusoti thinks the country will remain divided tomorrow. IBTimes UK

Odusoti, who described himself as 'in his 40s, said he was not eligible to vote. Nevertheless, he still declared himself a firm Clinton supporter.

He said whatever the result was, it would take a long time for America to get over an election filled with bitterness and rancour.

"It will still be a divided country tomorrow," he said. "Trump has divided this country so much it will take time to heal."

Royal Jordanian Airlines has released a jokey promotion linked to the US election, telling people to fly to the US while they still can "just in case he wins".

The message, shared on the airline's Facebook page, had been liked by more than 1000 people as the US election got underway.

🍊 ⛔️ ✈️️ #USElections

Posted by Royal Jordanian Airlines on Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Officials in Utah have reported problems with voting machines, prompting the use of paper ballots, while in Texas mechanical problems with voting machines saw at least 50 people waiting in line to vote decide to leave, ABC News reported.

Meanwhile in battleground state North Carolina, a computer error led to long queues and the use of paper check-ins.

Donald Trump's campaign manager Kellyanne Conway tweeted she had been asked to remove her red hat before voting.

The US pollster donned a Trump-style MAGA hat to cast her ballot and refused to take it off.

By Nicole Rojas in Boston

Voters in Massachusetts will be voting on four ballot questions this election season on issues ranging from marijuana legalisation to charter school. But voters in Boston, the state's capital, must also decide on a fifth ballot question regarding the Community Preservation Act (CPA).

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Felice Mendell, canvassing for the Greater Boston Interfaith Organisation, handed out fliers and urged Boston voters to vote yes on the Community Preservation Act outside of the Boston Public Library in Massachusetts on 8 November 2016 Nicole Rojas/IBTimes UK

Local voter Felice Mendell, who canvassed for the Greater Boston Interfaith Organisation outside the Boston Public Library, told IBTimes UK that the act would bring in $20m (£16.2m) for affordable housing, historical site preservation and public parks.

The CPA would impose a 1% surcharge on property tax. The first $100,000 in property value would be exempt, as well as low-income families and low-to-medium income senior citizens, Boston University News Service reported.

"We're hearing stories over and over again that people are being pushed out of their neighbourhoods because they can't afford to stay there anymore," said Mendell. "This particular thing, for now, is a way for raising more money for affordable housing, which is diminishing every year."

An attempt to pass the CPA surcharge failed its initial attempt to pass in 2001, but Mendell hoped it will be successful this year. Boston University News Service noted there is no organised opposition to the proposal.

Several other communities in Massachusetts are also voting on Question 5: Amesbury, Billerica, Chelsea, Danvers, East Bridgewater, Holyoke, Hull, Norwood, Palmer, Pittsfield, Rockland, South Hadley, Springfield, Watertown and Wrentham.

Democrat Hillary Clinton's campaign has contacted twice the amount of people GOP nominee Donald Trump's team has spoken to, according to an early exit poll.

A Morning Consult/POLITICO exit poll of almost 10,000 people showed 17% of voters were contacted by Clinton's campaign, 8% were contacted by Trump's team and 9% said they were contacted by both.

By John Crowley in New York

Lonard Encarnacion, 17, said he is a Clinton supporter who is "anxious" over how the election result would go. Despite being not able to vote, he said it was difficult not to get swept up by the election day fervour.

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Lonard Encarnacion hopes Clinton wins. IBTimes UK

"I am walking around seeing these people with with 'I've voted' stickers and it is just a scary feeling," he said.

"In 2008, I was young enough to remember at the time that Obama was going to comfortably win.

"Now if a woman became president, it would be a great thing.

"But it's just too close this time. I was in Pennsylvania yesterday and I saw all these 'vote Trump' signs. I'm scared."

The latest US election polls are showing a tight race between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.

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Donald Trump (left) and Hillary Clinton (R) Getty Images

A two-way poll from IBD/TIPP Tracking has Clinton on 43 points and Trump on 42, while the same pollster's four-way race including Gary Johnson and Jill Stein has Trump in the lead with 45, Clinton on 43, Johnson on eight and Stein with two.

Another poll released today by LA Times/USC Tracking shows Trump leading Clinton by three points, Real Clear Politics reported.

However, Trump himself slammed the polls this morning, stating he believed they were "phoney".

By John Crowley in New York

Under a cloudless sky in New York, tourists and locals savoured the election day atmosphere on Wall Street, the heart of New York's financial district.

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High school student Chiandredi Johnson said she believed she should have the right to vote on her future. IBTimes UK

Chiandredi Johnson, 17, a high school student from the Bronx, New York, said she was "angry" young people like her didn't have a vote.

"I want to go to college next year and the whole of my experience will be under a president I haven't voted for. It makes me so frustrated."

Asked who she would have voted for, Johnson said: "I would have voted for Hillary Clinton. She seems to be the person who is not going to take us to war. She has the experience too."

Hillary Clinton has been declared the winner in the US territory of Guam, where residents took part in a non-binding straw poll.

The Democrat gained more than 71% of the vote, while Donald Trump got just over 24%.

The territory has no Electoral College votes and residents there can't vote by absentee ballot, but Guam has predicted every election correctly since 1984, The Hill reported.

Voters supporting Hillary Clinton's bid to become the first ever female president of the US have been dressing up as suffragettes to cast their votes.

Pictures of "suffragettes" casting their ballots have been widely shared on social media, while other people have been wearing suffragette colours during their visit to the polls.

Donald Trump Jr has said his father will accept the results of today's election "if it's legit and fair".

His comments, made on MSNBC's Morning Joe, appeared to clarify the Republican candidate's position on the election results, which he had previously stated he may not accept.

Trump Jr said: "We've seen some states – it's a few thousand votes [that] can make a difference.

"But if he loses, and it's legit and fair, and there's not obvious stuff out there, without question, yes."

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US Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton (left) and her Republican counterpart, Donald Trump Getty Images, Reuters

The general public are predisposed to trust a white man but assume the worst about his female opponent, writes IBTimes UK columnist, Laura Bates.

Senator John McCain has shared a snap of himself and his wife Cindy as they cast their votes this morning. Crucially, he did not say who he had voted for – continuing speculation he did not cast his ballot for the GOP nominee.

McCain suggested last month he would be writing in a vote, telling NBC News: "When Mr Trump attacks women and demeans the women in our nation and our society, that is a point where I just have to part company.

"I have daughters, I have friends, I have so many wonderful people on my staff. They cannot be degraded and demeaned in that fashion.

"It's not pleasant for me to renounce the nominee of my party," he told the news service. "He won the nomination fair and square."

It seems Clinton's VP running mate Tim Kaine wasn't the first in line to cast his vote this morning – but it seems he was pleased to be beaten to the front of the line by 99-year-old voter Minerva Turpin.

Hillary Clinton's campaign has issued a last-minute call to arms to help elect the first female president, admitting "it's going to be close".

Polls currently predict a tight race for the GOP and Democrat candidates.

Polls are calling a tight race for Clinton and Trump, but a month ago one forecaster declared the race was all over – and it seemed to be reflected in national numbers.

One top pollster explains here why he changed his prediction – and Trump could still be in with a chance of winning.

Republican pollster Frank Luntz has suggested Donald Trump may be in with a good chance in swing state Michigan. He tweeted of the battleground state "Working-class turnout is looking much higher than expected. Trump may actually have a chance."

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Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump looks at a mask of himself as he speaks during a campaign rally in Sarasota, Florida Carlo Allegri/ Reuters

A picture of Donald Trump glancing towards his wife Melania as she casts her vote is going viral...

Donald Trump has tweeted a video encouraging people to get to the polls and "vote out the corrupt establishment", in which he states "I am doing this for you".

Donald Trump has suggested the US election polls are 'phoney', stating in an interview with Fox and Friends: "I do think a lot of the polls are purposely wrong, I can almost tell you by the people the do it.

"The media is very dishonest, extremely dishonest. A lot of the polls are phoney, I don't even think they interview people. I think they just put out phoney numbers."

The latest election polls show a tight race between the Democrat and Republican candidates, although some pundits are predicting a landslide victory for Clinton.

An interesting development, courtesy of CNN's security correspondent, saying that Trump is filing a complaint over the ballot box opening times in Clark County, Nevada.

Trump's Nevada state director told CNN in a statement: "Voters who showed up after the scheduled closing times at selected locations were allowed to vote, while those who were not able to make it to other early voting sites by the posted closing times were denied the right to cast their ballots.

"Even more concerning is that Clark County employees seem to be facilitating illegal activity, at the direction of Joe Gloria, whose primary function is to ensure the integrity of elections in Clark County."

IBTimes UK: Trump says losing means campaign would be 'waste of time'

It is all or nothing for Donald Trump who said if he does not win the US election, he would consider his campaign a waste of time.

"If I don't win, I will consider it a tremendous waste of time, energy, and money."

Brexit architect Nigel Farage tries to a draw comparison with the prospect of Donald Trump's presidency, with the EU referendum, and gets suitably slapped down by a reporter from the LA Times.

Voter selfies: Where is okay for you to snap a photo with your ballot?

Donald Trump's son, Eric, has got himself into hot water again by posting an image of his vote at the ballot box, which is illegal.

He was immediately notified but ballot selfies are only against the law in 13 states.

IBTimes UK looks at where the law is unclear about the practice in other parts of the country.

Indiana governor and Donald Trump's running mate, Mike Pence, has just voted.

Outside the polling booth, he told reporters he was "very humbled" to see his name on the ticket.

IBTimes UK: Forget Trump vs Clinton - the battle for Congress matters more

Even if critics of the US election may see it as a face-off between two flawed candidates, American democracy is stronger and more resilient than ever, writes IBTimes UK columnist Daniel Hannan.

The Conservative MEP points out there are enough checks and balances from Congress to rein in the president and whoever wins will be dogged by the prospect of court cases.

So far, it does not look good for Donald Trump, according to the former communications chief of one-time Republican candidate Jeb Bush.

Tim Miller says Clinton will win 340 electoral college votes.

Donald Trump has arrived at his New York polling station with his wife Melania to cast his vote, around 11am local time.

He got a mixed reception at the Manhattan precinct where he is registered and was met with a number of boos as well as cheers.

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Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump looks at a mask of himself as he speaks during a campaign rally in Sarasota, Florida Carlo Allegri/ Reuters

IBTimes UK: Five reasons women should vote for Donald Trump

In the interests of balance from our previous opinion piece on why women should oppose Donald Trump, here is a list of five reasons why women should back the Republican candidate, according to IBTimes UK columnist, Lauren Southern.

She says that a Clinton presidency would actually roll back rights for women and that anyone who votes for her, has fallen for the Democrats' "sexist" ploy.

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Massachusetts Republican governor Charlie Baker, pictured here in 2015, kept to his promise not to vote for Donald Trump, telling reporters that he could not bring himself to vote for anybody Reuters

The Republican Governor for Massachusetts, Charlie Baker, says he has kept his promise not to vote for Donald Trump.

But the other choice on the ballot paper was just as unpalatable as he said that could not bring himself to vote for Hillary Clinton either when he went to the polls in his hometown of Swampscott.

He said it's the first time he has done that.

He told reporters, according to the Boston NPR radio station WBUR: "I said many months ago that I wasn't going to be able to vote for Donald Trump for a number of reasons and I thought Hillary Clinton had believability issues, and nothing's happened in the last nine months to change my opinion on that."

Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bundchen and husband Tom Brady not backing Trump?

Donald Trump said at a campaign rally the day before the election in New Hampshire Monday that he got a call from a one of New England's biggest sports stars — Tom Brady.

The New England Patriots quarterback, Trump said, called him earlier that day to say he was going to vote for him. Trump said he also got a "beautiful" letter from the team's head coach Bill Belichick endorsing him too.

"Is there a better reference than Tom Brady and Bill Belichick?" Trump asked his supporters. "I don't think so."

But early Monday Brady told a radio show in Boston "No, I haven't voted yet."

A couple days earlier his super supermodel wife Gisele Bundchen blew up her Instagram account when asked about whether she and Brady were backing Trump.

"NO!" she replied.

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Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton greets supporters after casting her vote in Chappaqua, New York Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/ Getty Images

Five reasons women should vote for Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton has made history in becoming the first woman candidate from one of the two main parties to cast her vote as a presidential contender.

IBTimes UK columnist Jane Merrick explains the five reasons why women should back the Democrat candidate. These include better access to childcare, fairer pay and a stronger commitment to women's rights.

Predictions among the journalists in the IBTimes UK newsroom election sweepstake. Listed are the candidates and their estimated electoral college votes.

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A strong US dollar seen reducng the profits American investors stand to earn on overseas investments Reuters

IBTimes UK: Markets unchanged as investors brace for US elections results

Investors wait with baited breath for US election results with no change so far in currency markets, writes IBTimes UK reporter Dan Cancian.

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Hillary Clinton speaks at a campaign rally in Pembroke Pines, Florida, US, 5 November. Polls put her ahead in the crucial state REUTERS/Carlos Barria

IBTimes UK: Florida swings to Clinton as Election Day voting kicks off

Most recent polls show Clinton with a nearly 10-point lead to secure the swing state's crucial Electoral College votes.

Popular vote polling in Florida also shows Clinton ahead by one to four point margins in three out of four polls, writes Graham Lanktree.

After casting her vote, Hillary told reporters at Chappaqua: "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."

Her husband Bill was asked what it was like being a political spouse, to which he replied: "It's been that way for several years now, and good. I've had 15 years of practice."

An interesting statistic from Good Morning America.

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US markets continued to post record closes on 14 July. Reuters

IBTimes UK: If Donald Trump becomes the next US president, America can expect a bull market

Just how will the US election result affect the markets? If Trump wins, the US could see the most robust bull market since the 1990s, writes Wilbur Ross for IBTimes UK.

Democrat candidate Hillary Clinton has arrived with her husband Bill to vote at Chappaqua, New York. She is making history as the first woman from one of the main parties to vote for herself as president.

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IBTimes UK: Fear and self-loathing may be about to push America to Trump

The polls may say that Hillary Clinton has a narrow lead but social media data tells a different story, and puts Donald Trump ahead, writes digital consultant Jimmy Leach for IBTimes UK.

There are now 17 states open and voting.

Among the states where polls have opened are Florida, Delaware, Georgia, Illinois and Lousiana, Massachusetts and Maryland.

Even if only a fraction of Lady Gaga's 64 million Twitter followers listen to her, Clinton will get a boost as the pop superstar urged people to vote for Hillary, whom she described as being "made of steel".

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President Robert Mugabe has sent a team of election observers to the US Jekesai Njikizana/AFP/Getty Images

IBTimes UK: Robert Mugabe sends peacekeepers to monitor US election: Top ten #Nov8AfricanEdition tweets

There are often doubts expressed about the probity of elections in Zimbabwe, but that has not stopped its president Robert Mugabe from sending his own team of observers to the US to see how the ballot is unfolding.

It looks like Clinton's running mate, Tim Kaine, has arrived to cast his vote in Richmond, Virginia with one Fox News reporter capturing the moment.

Ohio governor John Kasich was once in the running for the Republican ticket, now he is urging people in America to go out and vote.

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Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton arrives for a rally at the Grand Valley State University Fieldhouse in Allendale, Michigan Brendan Smialowski/ AFP

The markets seem to be backing Hillary Clinton with Asian stock market indices trading higher as they are cautiously optimistic at a win for the Democrat candidate.

The Shanghai Composite was up 0.36% at 3,144.71 as of 6.45am GMT.

The US media is primed and ready for the big day.

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It is first blood to Clinton as votes counted in the small town of Dixville Notch in New Hampshire goes to the Democrat candidate.

Only 12 people voted in the town which has the tradition of voting early on Election Day.

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There has been a lot of claims and counter claims from both the Clinton and Trump camps. We look back at six months with the candidates on the campaign trail.

It has been an acrimonious election campaign. IBTimes UK takes a look at the last day's campaigning as Hillary Clinton enjoyed a surge when she was cleared by the FBI over her emails.

After much anticipation, the polling booths have finally opened and voting has now begun.

The booths have opened in New York and Connecticut as well as part of Indiana, part of Kentucky, Maine, New Jersey and Virginia.

Also voters are going to the polls in parts of Indiana, Maine, New Jersey and Virginia.