It's been a long 19-hour slog, but it's been an eye-opening one. This is Dean Williams signing out. Don't forget to follow our Post-Election blog. But I'll leave you with this...
Well that's it folks, against all predictions Donald Trump has won the US Election 2016, and now the hard work of rebuilding a divided nation begins. All the luck to Donald Trump and the Republican party
IT HAPPENED! DONALD TRUMP IS THE 45TH US PRESIDENT!
TRUMP WINS PENNSYLVANIA! THIS IS IT FOLKS
Donald Trump's campaign manager is not rubbing it in...Oohhh noooo
And thus begin the postmortems
MAINE CALLED FOR HILLARY CLINTON. NOT ENOUGH
The Hispanic vote was large, but as it turned out, ineffective. There's little succour the Democrats can take from this. Literally...nothing.
It's ironic if a man from Mitt Romney's 1% is carried to the White House by the 99% (and by that we mean blue collar voters).
Trump margins vs Romney: Westmoreland County: +13k; Lancaster: +2k; Berks: +17k; York: +8k— Jonathan Tamari (@JonathanTamari) November 9, 2016
The Democrats are wandering off into the dark lonely night
There's a lot of scaremongering going around on the news networks about what Donald Trump will do if and when he comes to power. I, personally, find it hard to believe that Trump will follow through with any of his more bizarre ideas like the Mexico Wall, the dismantling of all of Obamacare, and banning Muslims from entering the US. I foresee a far more nuanced man who'll promptly have his business hat on. Yes, trade deals will be in jeopardy, but then again, many of them should be.
Hillary Clinton's supporters are looking increasingly downbeat, but she's not out of it yet. The races are so close they're unbelievable. As it stands, the electoral college votes look like this: Donald Trump 254 : 215 to Hillary Clinton (please note, we have called Wisconsin for Donald Trump. Some major TV networks like CNN, have not)
The word Whitelash is being thrown about like a millennial's attention span. Allegedly it's what America has delivered tonight. #whitelash
Hillary Clinton really rolled out the celebrities last night and over last week, and they don't seem to have made one jot of a difference. In fact, she probably gave Donald Trump another brickbat to beat her with after Jay-Z's performance. Donald Trump said he didn't need no guitar, maybe he was right
The Republicans have held on to both the House of Representatives and the Senate. If Donald Trump wins, boy will he be given the keys to the mansion
It's paramount to keep in mind here that Hillary Clinton can still win this. It will take an almighty push, but it can be done. So while questions are being raised about her performance viz-a-viz Barack Obama, she could still make history as America's First Woman President.
CLINTON WINS NEVADA AS PREDICTED. 6 ELECTORAL VOTES FOR HER. FAR TOO LITTLE
Ladbrokes has revealed its final odds on the morning of the election day. And it was offering 3/1 on a Trump win – exactly the same price that was being offered for Leave on the morning of June 23, when Britain voted to leave the European Union.
Clinton can't seem to catch a break. Trump keeps clawing back her lead in Pennsylvania. She really needs a win. Minnesota and Nevada should be hers, which will give her 16 electoral votes. Nowhere near enough
In their attempt to take the senate, Democrats have held Nevada, but picked up only Illinois so far, and failed to pick up Wisconsin, Indiana, North Carolina, and Florida. Waiting on New Hampshire, Missouri and Pennsylvania
Now Donald Trump moves ahead in Pennsylvania. This night is getting worse for Hillary Clinton. Rumours that Donald Trump's supporters have been singing "we hate Muslims, we hate Blacks" have been proved to be false by media reporting from the ground at the venue.
This is now beginning to feel like the slow painful death of a dream. One can only imagine what's going through Hillary Clinton's mind. It's hard to see where she goes from here IF SHE loses.
A lot of people from over the pond are comparing a Trump victory to Brexit. Well, there's one major difference...if Trump wins, HE WILL be president!
It's Brexit again, the Brit in the bar tells me. "People here still don't believe that Trump has won. Trump has won this election."— Lois Beckett (@loisbeckett) November 9, 2016
A lot of experts are calling this election rural America's assault on urban America, but that's a ridiculous oversimplification. We've also got to hand it to Trump who got out there, pulled back on his more idiotic tendencies to spout nonsense, and got the votes. Whether you love him or loathe him, the man's come out swinging.
The story of this election
Obama won Scranton PA w/ 63% in 2012. Hillary got only 50. That's the story.— Alec MacGillis (@AlecMacGillis) November 9, 2016
A penny for Bernie Sanders' thoughts. The quintessential blue collar man. I reckon he would have done a lot better. But as they say: If my aunty had...
Trump is now just 16 short of the MAGIC 270. Who'da thunk it!
TRUMP TAKES GEORGIA, THAT'S ANOTHER 16 ELECTORAL VOTES TO HIM. WOW!
There's a party at the Trump Bar in Trump Towers
OREGON CALLED FOR CLINTON. THAT TAKES HER ELECTORAL VOTE UP TO 209; WISCONSIN CALLED FOR TRUMP, HE'S UP TO 232 NOW. THAT'S A BIG WIN FOR TRUMP
Clinton has closed the gap in Michigan. This is good news, as the Democrats are now quite confident of overhauling the Republicans there. Many of these races are tightening as the numbers start coming in from urban centres that are traditional Blue hubs.
Win or lose, the Democrats will have to seriously rethink their entire interaction strategy with white working class voters. This election was never supposed to be this close, but Trump has been saying all along that the predictions were wrong. Even filmmaker Michael Moore, who's from Michigan, has destroyed predictions of voting patterns in the Rust Belt claiming that they're way out of touch with the voter. This is a wake-up call for the Democrats at best, a soul-demolishing moment at worst.
As it stands Trump has 222 electoral votes to Clinton's 202
FOX NEWS HAS CALLED CALIFORNIA FOR CLINTON, WHICH IS NOT SURPRISING
CLINTON WINS WASHINGTON
TRUMP WINS NORTH CAROLINA!!!!
Trump is now only 54 electoral college votes short of the Oval Office. He's on 216, Clinton is on 202
CLINTON WINS HAWAII, TRUMP WINS IDAHO
Polls are about to close in California, Washington, Oregon and Hawaii (and part of Idaho).
Take yer red caps off and dance like no one's watching...for now
MICHIGAN! MICHIGAN! Clinton absolutely HAS to take the state now
TRUMP WINS FLORIDA!!!!!!! HE'S GOT ONE FOOT ON THE WHITE HOUSE DOORMAT
John McCain (of the 2008 vintage) has been re-elected to the senate in Arizona. He was ahead pretty much the whole way. Eighty years old and has just won a sixth term.
We're keeping a close eye on New Hampshire, the state that heralded the political coming of Trump. He's leading, and a victory there would be a huge boost. Not like he currently needs one.
Clinton badly needs the Rust Belt to revert to form. Winning Virginia has brought her some breathing room, but she needs Michigan and Wisconsin. Trump has been harping about conquering the Rust Belt from the get-go, but everyone just stuck their fingers in their ears and went "la la la la la".
CLINTON TAKES VIRGINIA BY THE SKIN OF HER TEETH. SHE NEEDED THAT
COLORADO IS CALLED FOR CLINTON...A MUCH-NEEDED MORALE BOOSTER
OK, so as it stands Clinton needs at least Michigan or Wisconsin to make it through, and she quite likely needs both. If she loses both, it's curtains! AND SHE'S TRAILING IN BOTH
As far as the electoral college goes, Trump has now raced to 168. Clinton's on 131. Also you have to remember that no Republican has won Ohio and not made it to the White House, all the way back to Dickie Nixon. Portents?
WOOOOOWEEEEE TRUMP WINS OHIO
It's now looking likely that Clinton will take Virginia, and breathe a huge, if short-lived, sigh of relief. This is a storming election for the neutral
In winning a state representative seat in Minnesota, Ilhan Omar has become the first Somali-American legislator elected in the US.
Donald Trump now needs only 120 more electoral college vote target (270) to park himself in the Oval Office. He's at 150 and Clinton trails at 122
Clinton has clawed her way back into the lead in Virginia (albeit a slim one). She really needs to win this seeing as how the other swing states are swinging towards Trump.
DONALD TRUMP TAKES MONTANA
CLINTON TAKES NEW MEXICO
The experts on TV are beginning to sweat. They're not showing it, but they are. All of a sudden Donald Trump has a number of paths to the White House. This was never meant to be so tight was it?
Unsurprisingly, Republicans keep control of House of Representatives
The experts are starting to get very surprised. So much so they're spontaneously combusting through Tweets
Well, Trump is winning in a lot of places that Republicans don't usually win.— (((Harry Enten))) (@ForecasterEnten) November 9, 2016
It's time to smile, for the Trump camp. Very strong showing from their man indeed
It's 139 to 104 for Trump in the electoral college. Trump supporters are daring to believe, and a pall of gloom is descending over the Democrats
Hillary Clinton wins Connecticut, Trump wins Louisiana. But Trump leads in Florida, Ohio, Michigan, Virgina and New Hampshire. This could be very, very bad for the Democrats. What on earth is going on with them?
Clinton has now closed the electoral vote gap. She's up to 104, but still behind Trump who's at 129
A little bit of racism from Huckabee, in case there was a dearth
If HRC wins she will appoint her Filipino maid to head CIA. She already has access to all the secrets anyway. No need to train her.— Gov. Mike Huckabee (@GovMikeHuckabee) November 9, 2016
ELECTORAL VOTE UPDATE (BUCKLE UP)
Trump 139 -- 97 Clinton
TRUMP WINS TEXAS, WYOMING AND KANSAS
We warned ya!
Gary Johnson and Jill Stein combined have so far amassed twice the total of votes won by Ralph Nader in 2000.— Paul Lewis (@PaulLewis) November 9, 2016
CNN is calling New York for Clinton; Trump takes North and South Dakota, Nebraska
Poll closings at 9pm ET include New York, Wisconsin, Louisiana, Minnesota, Nebraska, Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona.
MISSISSIPPI CALLED FOR TRUMP
CHAD ALERT! YES YOU! CHAD!
The Guardian is reporting that if the results end up incredibly close, we could end up with a repeat scenario of the 2000 election recount when the presidential election between George W. Bush and Al Gore was so narrow that Florida Election Code 102.141 mandated a statewide machine recount.
A shout-out to the Little Guys from Ivanka Trump
Trump is really fighting tooth and nail in Florida
This is pretty remarkable - in 41 counties in Florida, Trump's share is better than the best share that any R has gotten since 2000.— Steve Schale (@steveschale) November 9, 2016
CLINTON WINS RHODE ISLAND
What's confounding a lot of experts is how close so many states are being run. Clinton can still wrap this up fairly early with wins in Florida and Ohio, but it's no longer a foregone conclusion
Trump is now ahead in electoral votes 76 to Clinton's 68
Trump takes South Carolina and Alabama, as expected
Things are not looking good for Trump in Ohio, North Carolina...and quite frankly...Florida
Clinton wins Missouri, Trump takes Tennessee
Senator Marco Rubio (remember him, he sweats a lot) of Florida has just won his race for reelection.
TRUMP TAKES SOUTH CAROLINA
Clinton takes the electoral vote lead: Clinton 68 -- 67 Trump
TRUMP TAKES OKLAHOMA, CLINTON TAKES MARYLAND, DELAWARE, MASSACHUSETTS, PENNSYLVANIA, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, MISSISSIPPI AND NEW JERSEY
Republican incumbent Rob Portman, who kept his distance from Trump as he ran for reelection in Ohio, has cruised to victory, beating former governor Ted Strickland
Florida is going to do what it usually does and go down to the wire. The battle there is yo-yoing more than...ummm...a yo yo.
Polls close in Ohio, West Virginia, and North Carolina. Time to get serious
Numbers are at time of state being called
DONALD TRUMP WINS WEST VIRGINIA
ELECTORAL VOTE COUNT
Hillary Clinton 3 : 19 Donald Trump
Donald Trump is the projected winner in Vigo County, Indiana, with 44% reporting. Does it break Vigo's streak of picking POTUS since '56?— Tom McCarthy (@TeeMcSee) November 9, 2016
Georgia is leaning heavily towards Trump as it would. Clinton was hoping for an outside shot, but boy, it's waaayyy outside.
Florida has become exceedingly close, as was expected. The non-white vote is key for Clinton here.
The race is very close in Virginia, with Clinton in the lead. She should win Virginia, though maybe not as comfortably as she'd like
Trump leads in Florida, but Johnson has got 10% of the early vote. Oooooo Johnson
Numbers are at time of state being called
North Carolina court agrees to keep some polling booths open for as long as 60 extra minutes
Numbers are at time of state being called
Incumbent senator Patrick Leahy, a Democrat, has won reelection in Vermont, and senator Rand Paul has won reelection in Kentucky.
DONALD TRUMP TAKES INDIANA & KENTUCKY; CLINTON TAKES VERMONT
Most polling stations in New Hampshire would be closed at 7pm ET, too, but there's a move to keep some open in Dover. There's recent precedent: big turnout for the primaries in New Hampshire last February saw some sites held open late.
Reports are coming in of shots being fired outside a police station in Los Angeles. There are reports of injuries as well. We'll bring you more on that soon
We're going to be keeping a close eye on Johnson in New Hampshire who's currently got about 6.6% of the early vote. Could he put a spanner in what promises to be a close-run race?
Kentucky, Indiana and New Hampshire have numbers trickling in, and all states should be favourable to Trump. Although Obama did take Indiana in 2008, that's been the exception that tested the rule
It's also important to watch how the independents Johnson and McMullin do. They could ostensibly drag votes away from either of the two frontrunners. So far Johnson's pulling in about 2% of the vote with McMullin less than 1%
Donald Trump takes an early lead in almost all states that have results coming in. I repeat, this is exceedingly early, so no reason to panic if you're a Clinton supporter; only a few thousand votes have been tallied in Kentucky and New Hampshire.
Kentucky is coming in at 78% to Trump!...with 10,000 votes counted, so stop celebrating or weeping, whatever it is you're doing right now
Lots of positive chatter coming out of the Clinton camp. They seem to think 270 is done and dusted. But it ain't over till the #SwingStates stop swinging. Coming up, the final numbers. Brace yourselves, this could be one helluva ride
Here are the final exit polls before the Real McCoy. Enjoy!
We're hearing that many voters have a negative view of the candidates — one in five Clinton voters said they chiefly oppose the other candidate, and 27% of Trump supporters said the same. And they call it Political Science.
We're almost there, and even though we'd like to say you ain't seen nothing yet, we'll Let Bachman and Turner do it for us
Not so fast Barack, you've still got a few months to go
More technology problems. This time in Colorado.
This how you throw a party when you claim to be a billionaire
US stocks close higher on Election Day; Dow gains 72 points, S&P500 up 0.38%, NASDAQ up 0.53%
Have the elder Bushes voted for Hillary? What about the shrubs?
Rush Limbaugh (who's more conservative than most) has told the Washington Examiner: "I'm told that George W. Bush and Laura Bush voted for Hillary Clinton today!"
Clinton and Trump are going to be a mere two-minute walk away from each other. The fun!
Reuters is predicitjng that this could be the largest voter turnout in five decades
There's all this talk about Hillary holding her victory acceptance shindig under a large glass ceiling and it being all poignant and fitting. But where did the term 'glass ceiling' come from?
Here's one channel that's not covering the US elections 2016 and thrilled about it
EXIT POLL ALERT
A Morning Consult/POLITICO Exit Poll conducted between October 18-November 8 among 6,782 early and Election-Day voters found this SHOCKER: 71% say they are feeling nervous, another 85% said they "just want it to be over", and 39% said they were depressed. Hmmm rocket science?
Here's how to party like David Plouffe
CNN is reporting that Utah officials report voting machine problems across the country. No one's sure if these "problems" are going to benefit Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton.
Trump update, just in case you were wondering what he was up to
I will be watching the election results from Trump Tower in Manhattan with my family and friends. Very exciting!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 8, 2016
When Clinton says she was never afraid of the FBI investigation
John Oliver says this...
When the New York Times puts out a speculative graphic saying Donald Trump could win the election by 10pm
Gun-toting gangs a security threat at polling places?
Politico is reporting that Democratic officials in Iowa have a legal strike team on standby to deal with what they say are Republican shenanigans at polling places around Des Moines. Having legal back-up on Election Day is a fairly standard practice in many places, but Polk County Democratic Party Chairman Tom Henderson said the threat is heightened this year due to voter suppression threats by gun rights activists.
Probably the best celebrity Tweet of the night
A brief guide to the last 5 US presidents
Some elections throw up a lot of serious issues that people spend hours Googling so they get a better understanding of the pivot. During this election, however, not so much
We're all pontificating about what if Hillary wins, or Donald wins. What on earth happens if neither of them gets to the magic number of 270? Well, no need to have a conniption: We've got your back right here
Nevada judge rules against Trump lawsuit. Don't worry Donald there are 49 states left
Hillary is willing to let bygones be bygones (does she know something we don't?). But will Trump bury the hatchet if he loses? Probably, and you most likely know where.
Scenes from the gravesite of Susan B Anthony are truly inspiring. If you don't know who she is CLICK HERE
Slate is experimenting with live votecasting (which is basically exit polls on steroids). VoteCastr is giving Clinton a four-point lead in the crucial state of Florida, with 48% of support vs Trump's 44%
Trump supporters must have a sinking feeling in the pits of their stomachs right now. Chins up folks, here's an American classic to cheer you up
So from the experts prattling on TV and reporters searching for sound bytes under every rock, all waiting for the numbers to start pouring in, what we can gather is this...
1) The high Hispanic voter turnout is very good for Hillary's prospects
2) Support for Trump in the Armed Forces and among first responders is strong
3) This election could see a low Black voter turnout (which could hurt Hillary)
4) Most established polls are predicting an easy win for Hillary (the TV stations, however, are still selling the nailbiter...obviously)
Voting issues in North Carolina
The Durham County Board of Elections has unanimously recommended that voting should be extended in the county by 90 minutes after a glitch in the electronic voter check system. Because of the issue, the county was forced to switch to paper roll books.
Former WWE wrestler Ric Flair leaves it in no doubt who he thinks is top dog in these elections
Of course Christina Aguilera did something different
The celebrities are out in force
Let's stop the madness today. Vote Hillary! Vote historically. An educated,able,experienced,very hard working,sensible,WOMAN instead of DT
— Martha Stewart (@MarthaStewart) November 8, 2016
Here's Matt McGory of Orange Is the New Black fame
Remember Jessica Alba?
Ooooo Bernie's mad!
Here come the exit polls
WTF MOMENT: Charles Koch, one-half of the Koch duo, said he thought it's possible Clinton may make a better president. This coming from a man who later added that voting Democrat would amount to "blood libel".
#BootyQueens: Stopping people voting since 2016
Here's the Drive-By Truckers with their politically-charged What It Means
Election clerks fired in Florida
Two election clerks in Broward County, Florida, were fired after "not working to the level of integrity they were trained to", and were quickly replaced, Broward County Board of Elections PIO Tonya Edwards tells CNN. Edwards said the clerks were not "adhering to procedures," but wouldn't say what rules were being violated.
Chance the Rapper with fans from a free concert at an early voting location the night before the election
Daddy's boy redux
CNN is reporting that the legal team for the Trump campaign is laying the groundwork for potential legal challenges lawyers have gone to state court in Nevada in an early vote dispute. In legal briefs filed last night, Trump lawyers are asking for relief in case "the election of presidential electors from the State of Nevada is contested".
They are suing Joe P Gloria, the Clark County Registrar of Voters, over a decision, they allege, he made to keep polling locations open "two hours beyond the designated closing time". The lawsuit targets polling places in greater Las Vegas that have larger minority voting precincts.
And here's Nate SIlver's final prediction of the day. And Hillary's storming to victory
Is this the rise of the 'Global Girlfriends Network'?
Angela Merkel has told the Associated Press that a victory for Hillary Clinton would be a step toward gender balance among world leaders. She swiftly reiterated that "there isn't some kind of global girlfriends network that wants to rule the world", just in case all the men in the world started panicking. #GGN
Folks the US presidential election 2016 #JustGotReal. Time to fill up that Blank Space (sorry I couldn't resist)
The lost dog that reached across the aisle
Hillary Clinton wins the vote on the U.S. island of Guam, reports the Pacific Daily News. The US citizens in Guam casting ballots totaled 32,071. Clinton received 71.63% of the vote, while Trump received 24.16%. Socialist candidate Emidio Soltysik, the only third-party candidate on the ballot, took in 4.22% of the vote.
Just in case you're wondering where the heck Guam is...check this out. It's rather nice
An unidentified technical snafu in Washington County, Utah, has affected voters in all 37 polling locations in the county, CNN is reporting.
Mark Thomas, Utah's director of elections, said that there are problems in all of the counties with voting machines, but he wasn't able to specify the precise problem. The problem could affect as many as 50-thousand registered voters in the county who have not yet voted. About 30-thousand people voted early.
It's just a little over six hours till the first statewide polls close folks. Don't give up now, we know it's been a long year, but we're on the home stretch. After that we can get back to filibusters, partisanship and all those other fun Beltway hobbies
THIS JUST IN: A national voter protection hotline has received thousands of calls this morning, according to The Guardian, from citizens who are struggling to cast their vote in what campaigners are calling a "perfect storm" of attempts to disenfranchise minority voters.
GOP VP pick Mike Pence gets all eco-fit on us and arrives to vote on a bicycle