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Clinton or Trump? America decides on 45th Potus

A Reuters/Ipsos poll gives Clinton a 90pc chance of defeating Trump.
Updated Nov 09, 2016 07:16am

Americans on Nov 8 began voting for the 45th president of the United States. Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump face voters on Tuesday as millions of Americans turn out on Election Day to pick the next US president and end a bruising campaign that polls said favored Clinton.

In a battle centered largely on the character of the candidates, Clinton, 69, a former secretary of state and first lady, and Trump, 70, a New York businessman, made their final, fervent appeals to supporters late on Monday to turn out the vote.

If she wins, Hillary Clinton could become America's first female commander in chief. A Reuters/Ipsos States of the Nation poll gave Clinton a 90 per cent chance of defeating Trump and said she was on track to win 303 electoral college votes out of 270 needed, to Trump's 235.

World markets braced for the outcome of one of the most contentious US presidential elections in history, with stocks up slightly on cautious expectations of a Clinton win. The dollar and bond yields slipped, while gold inched up.

Voters fill out their forms and wait to vote at a polling station in the Brooklyn borough of New York, Tuesday, Nov 8, 2016. ─ AP
Voters fill out their forms and wait to vote at a polling station in the Brooklyn borough of New York, Tuesday, Nov 8, 2016. ─ AP

Hillary Clinton addresses the crowd of supporters inside the Reynolds Coliseum on the campus of North Carolina State University on the final campaign stop before election day, in Raleigh, North Carolina, on November 7, 2016. ─ AFP
Hillary Clinton addresses the crowd of supporters inside the Reynolds Coliseum on the campus of North Carolina State University on the final campaign stop before election day, in Raleigh, North Carolina, on November 7, 2016. ─ AFP

Democratic presidential nominee former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton stands with US President Barack Obama during an election eve rally on November 7, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. ─ AFP
Democratic presidential nominee former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton stands with US President Barack Obama during an election eve rally on November 7, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. ─ AFP

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks during his final campaign rally on Election Day in the Devos Place November 8, 2016 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. ─ AFP
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks during his final campaign rally on Election Day in the Devos Place November 8, 2016 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. ─ AFP

US President Barack Obama is embraced by US first lady Michelle Obama as former US President Bill Clinton looks on during a campaign event for US Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, November 7, 2016. ─ Reuters
US President Barack Obama is embraced by US first lady Michelle Obama as former US President Bill Clinton looks on during a campaign event for US Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, November 7, 2016. ─ Reuters

Hillary Clinton, 2016 Democratic presidential nominee addresses the crowd during a campaign event in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, November 7, 2016. ─ AFP
Hillary Clinton, 2016 Democratic presidential nominee addresses the crowd during a campaign event in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, November 7, 2016. ─ AFP

US Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton is joined by US President Barack Obama at a campaign rally on Independence Mall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. ─ Reuters
US Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton is joined by US President Barack Obama at a campaign rally on Independence Mall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. ─ Reuters

Supporters hold signs for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump campaign rally in Grand Rapids, Mich., Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016. ─ AP
Supporters hold signs for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump campaign rally in Grand Rapids, Mich., Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016. ─ AP

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton is joined by her husband former US President Clinton aboard her campaign plane at Philadelphia International Airport November 7, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. ─ AFP
Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton is joined by her husband former US President Clinton aboard her campaign plane at Philadelphia International Airport November 7, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. ─ AFP

Democratic US vice presidential candidate Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) arrives to cast his ballot accompanied by his wife Anne Holton at the Hermitage Methodist Home polling station in Richmond, Virginia, US November 8, 2016. ─ Reuters
Democratic US vice presidential candidate Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) arrives to cast his ballot accompanied by his wife Anne Holton at the Hermitage Methodist Home polling station in Richmond, Virginia, US November 8, 2016. ─ Reuters

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump attends a campaign event in Grand Rapids, Michigan, US November 8, 2016. ─ Reuters
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump attends a campaign event in Grand Rapids, Michigan, US November 8, 2016. ─ Reuters

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton speaks at a campaign rally in Raleigh, North Carolina November 8, 2016. ─ Reuters
Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton speaks at a campaign rally in Raleigh, North Carolina November 8, 2016. ─ Reuters

A supporter cries as democratic presidential nominee former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks during a campaign rally at North Carolina State University on November 8, 2016 in Raleigh, North Carolina. ─ AFP
A supporter cries as democratic presidential nominee former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks during a campaign rally at North Carolina State University on November 8, 2016 in Raleigh, North Carolina. ─ AFP

Democratic presidential nominee former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (L) greets Lady Gaga backstage after a campaign rally at North Carolina State University on November 8, 2016 in Raleigh North Carolina. ─ AFP
Democratic presidential nominee former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (L) greets Lady Gaga backstage after a campaign rally at North Carolina State University on November 8, 2016 in Raleigh North Carolina. ─ AFP

Singer Lady Gaga speaks ahead of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton at a campaign rally in Raleigh, North Carolina November 8, 2016. ─ Reuters
Singer Lady Gaga speaks ahead of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton at a campaign rally in Raleigh, North Carolina November 8, 2016. ─ Reuters

Musician Lady Gaga performs during a campaign rally with Democratic presidential nominee former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at North Carolina State University on November 8, 2016 in Raleigh, North Carolina. ─ AFP
Musician Lady Gaga performs during a campaign rally with Democratic presidential nominee former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at North Carolina State University on November 8, 2016 in Raleigh, North Carolina. ─ AFP

Hillary Clinton addresses the crowd of supporters inside the Reynolds Coliseum on the campus of North Carolina State University for the final campaign stop before election day, in Raleigh, North Carolina, on November 7, 2016. ─ AFP
Hillary Clinton addresses the crowd of supporters inside the Reynolds Coliseum on the campus of North Carolina State University for the final campaign stop before election day, in Raleigh, North Carolina, on November 7, 2016. ─ AFP

Former US President Bill Clinton (R) and musician Lady Gaga look on as Democratic presidential nominee former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during a campaign rally at North Carolina State University on November 8, 2016 in Raleigh, North Carolina. ─ AFP
Former US President Bill Clinton (R) and musician Lady Gaga look on as Democratic presidential nominee former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during a campaign rally at North Carolina State University on November 8, 2016 in Raleigh, North Carolina. ─ AFP

Madonna sings a song as she campaigns for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton during a surprise performance at Washington Square Park in New York, Monday, Nov. 7, 2016. ─ AP
Madonna sings a song as she campaigns for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton during a surprise performance at Washington Square Park in New York, Monday, Nov. 7, 2016. ─ AP

Supporters listen to Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump during his final campaign rally on Election Day in the Devos Place November 8, 2016 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. ─ AFP
Supporters listen to Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump during his final campaign rally on Election Day in the Devos Place November 8, 2016 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. ─ AFP

Democratic presidential nominee former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (L) and her husband former US President Bill Clinton look on during a campaign rally at North Carolina State University on November 8, 2016 in Raleigh, North Carolina. ─ AFP
Democratic presidential nominee former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (L) and her husband former US President Bill Clinton look on during a campaign rally at North Carolina State University on November 8, 2016 in Raleigh, North Carolina. ─ AFP

Democratic presidential nominee former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks during a campaign rally at North Carolina State University on November 8, 2016 in Raleigh North Carolina. ─ AFP
Democratic presidential nominee former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks during a campaign rally at North Carolina State University on November 8, 2016 in Raleigh North Carolina. ─ AFP

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump waves to the audience exiting a campaign rally in Grand Rapids, Mich., Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016. ─ AP
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump waves to the audience exiting a campaign rally in Grand Rapids, Mich., Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016. ─ AP

Former US President Bill Clinton and Chelsea Clinton listen as US Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton speaks at a campaign rally in Raleigh, North Carolina November 8, 2016. ─ Reuters
Former US President Bill Clinton and Chelsea Clinton listen as US Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton speaks at a campaign rally in Raleigh, North Carolina November 8, 2016. ─ Reuters

US Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks at his final campaign event at the Devos Place in Grand Rapids, Michigan, US November 8, 2016. ─ Reuters
US Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks at his final campaign event at the Devos Place in Grand Rapids, Michigan, US November 8, 2016. ─ Reuters

(L-R) Musicians Jon Bon Jovi, Lady Gaga, Democratic presidential nominee former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Chelsea Clinton look on during a campaign rally at North Carolina State University on November 8, 2016 in Raleigh, North Carolina. ─ AFP
(L-R) Musicians Jon Bon Jovi, Lady Gaga, Democratic presidential nominee former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Chelsea Clinton look on during a campaign rally at North Carolina State University on November 8, 2016 in Raleigh, North Carolina. ─ AFP

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump shakes hands with vice presidential nominee, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence at a campaign rally in Grand Rapids, Mich., Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016. ─ AP
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump shakes hands with vice presidential nominee, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence at a campaign rally in Grand Rapids, Mich., Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016. ─ AP

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump attends a campaign event in Grand Rapids, Michigan, US November 8, 2016. ─ Reuters
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump attends a campaign event in Grand Rapids, Michigan, US November 8, 2016. ─ Reuters

People wait at a poll station where Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton is expected to vote in Chappaqua on November 08, 2016. ─ AFP
People wait at a poll station where Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton is expected to vote in Chappaqua on November 08, 2016. ─ AFP

Hillary Clinton addresses the crowd of supporters inside the Reynolds Coliseum on the campus of North Carolina State University on the final campaign stop before election day, in Raleigh, North Carolina, on November 7, 2016. ─ AFP
Hillary Clinton addresses the crowd of supporters inside the Reynolds Coliseum on the campus of North Carolina State University on the final campaign stop before election day, in Raleigh, North Carolina, on November 7, 2016. ─ AFP

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump gives the thumbs-up during a campaign rally at the Lackawanna College Student Union in downtown Scranton, Pa., Nov. 7, 2016. ─ AP
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump gives the thumbs-up during a campaign rally at the Lackawanna College Student Union in downtown Scranton, Pa., Nov. 7, 2016. ─ AP

Senior aide Huma Abedin gets off Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's campaign plane as they arrive at Westchester County Airport in White Plains, NY. ─ AP
Senior aide Huma Abedin gets off Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's campaign plane as they arrive at Westchester County Airport in White Plains, NY. ─ AP

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump points to the crowd as he arrives to speak to a campaign rally. ─ AP
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump points to the crowd as he arrives to speak to a campaign rally. ─ AP

Former President Bill Clinton speaks during a campaign rally for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in Raleigh, N.C., Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016. ─ AP.
Former President Bill Clinton speaks during a campaign rally for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in Raleigh, N.C., Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016. ─ AP.

US Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump checks his watch to see if it is election day as he addresses the final rally of his 2016 presidential campaign at Devos Place in Grand Rapids. ─ AFP
US Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump checks his watch to see if it is election day as he addresses the final rally of his 2016 presidential campaign at Devos Place in Grand Rapids. ─ AFP

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton speaks during a rally at the Grand Valley State University Fieldhouse November 7, 2016 in Allendale, Michigan. ─ AFP
Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton speaks during a rally at the Grand Valley State University Fieldhouse November 7, 2016 in Allendale, Michigan. ─ AFP

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump pumps his fist during a campaign rally at the Lackawanna College Student Union in downtown Scranton, Pa., Monday, Nov. 7, 2016. ─ AP
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump pumps his fist during a campaign rally at the Lackawanna College Student Union in downtown Scranton, Pa., Monday, Nov. 7, 2016. ─ AP

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's campaign manager Kellyanne Conway (L) and his daughter Tiffany Trump attend Trump's final campaign rally on Election Day in the Devos Place November 8, 2016 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. ─ AFP
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's campaign manager Kellyanne Conway (L) and his daughter Tiffany Trump attend Trump's final campaign rally on Election Day in the Devos Place November 8, 2016 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. ─ AFP

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton speaks during a rally outside the University of Pittsburgh's Cathedral of Learning November 7, 2016 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. ─ AFP
Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton speaks during a rally outside the University of Pittsburgh's Cathedral of Learning November 7, 2016 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. ─ AFP

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