Race to White House down to wire today

Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton leads her Republican opponent Donald Trump by just 2.2 percentage points as Americans go to the polls to elect the 45th president of the United States.
Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton leads her Republican opponent Donald Trump by just 2.2 percentage points as Americans go to the polls to elect the 45th president of the United States.PHOTO: REUTERS

Americans will cast their vote today to elect the 45th president of the United States, as polls indicate a close race to the finish between Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and her Republican opponent Donald Trump.

Mrs Clinton leads by just 2.2 percentage points, according to a polling average by political website RealClearPolitics, and Bloomberg's final poll released yesterday showed her ahead of Mr Trump 44 per cent to 41 per cent among likely voters.

The narrow gap, within the margin of error for some polls, plus questions about whether voters have been upfront with pollsters in this highly-charged campaign, make the outcome especially hard to call.

Mrs Clinton was expected to end her campaign in Pennsylvania but has squeezed in a final stop in North Carolina, hoping to win back the battleground state which has been slipping from her grasp in the past week. Mr Trump now leads there by 1.5 percentage points.

Mr Trump, who was expected to visit five states yesterday, wraps up his campaign with a late-night rally in Michigan, a traditionally blue state, where Mrs Clinton leads by 4.7 percentage points.

 
 
 

Results are expected to start trickling in from late morning to lunchtime tomorrow.

Global stocks jumped yesterday, a day after FBI director James Comey stood by the agency's original findings that there would be no criminal charges against Mrs Clinton over her e-mails.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average opened more than 200 points higher. Asian stocks were also up, with Singapore's Straits Times Index ending a six-day losing streak to close 0.44 per cent higher.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 08, 2016, with the headline 'Race to White House down to wire today'. Print Edition | Subscribe