Trump casts vote in historic US election

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and his wife Melania prepare to submit their ballots at a polling station in a school during the 2016 presidential elections on Nov 8.
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and his wife Melania prepare to submit their ballots at a polling station in a school during the 2016 presidential elections on Nov 8.PHOTO: AFP

NEW YORK (AFP) - Donald Trump cast his ballot on 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.

Accompanying him were his wife Melania, his daughter Ivanka and her husband Jared Kushner and the couple's daughter Arabella.

Earlier, two unidentified topless women were escorted out of the same polling station, shouting "out of our polls, Trump!" NBC4 News reported.