US votes to decide between Clinton and Trump

RSTV Bureau
Philadelphia:  Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, center, is joined on stage by first lady Michelle Obama, left, President Barack Obama, second from left, Chelsea Clinton, second from right, and former President Bill Clinton, right, after speaking at a rally at Independence Mall in Philadelphia, Monday, Nov. 7, 2016. AP/PTI

Philadelphia: Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, center, is joined on stage by first lady Michelle Obama, left, President Barack Obama, second from left, Chelsea Clinton, second from right, and former President Bill Clinton, right, after speaking at a rally at Independence Mall in Philadelphia, Monday, Nov. 7, 2016. AP/PTI

The United Sates has begun to cast its ballots in the US presidential polls.

The first ballots were cast in a hamlet in New Hampshire called Dixville Notch which is traditionally the first in the nation to vote on Election Day at midnight.

Democratic candidate Hillary registered her first ‘win’ in the 2016 elections by four votes to two against her Republican rival Donald Trump soon after midnight in the New Hampshire hamlet in the remote northeastern part of the US.

Clinton captured four of Dixville Notch’s eight votes while her Republican rival Trump received two, Libertarian Gary Johnson received one vote, and there was even one vote for Mitt Romney.

Unlike in India, every US state counts and declares its result once the polling is over.

Meanwhile as November 7 came to a close in the States, both candidates made their last appeal for votes.

Hillary Clinton said the country’s “core values” were at stake in the polls as she urged people to vote for an “inclusive” and “big-hearted” America.

“We don’t have to accept a dark and divisive vision for America. Tomorrow you can vote for a hopeful, inclusive, big-hearted America. Our core values are being tested in this election… We know who my opponent is and the question is? What kind of country do we want to be and what kind of future we want to build for our children,” the 69-year-old former secretary of state told her supporters gathered at the in Philadelphia.

The Philadelphia rally was also addressed by US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle, who tore into Trump’s rhetoric.

Sarasota : Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump holds up a fireman's helmet during a campaign speech Monday, Nov. 7, 2016, in Sarasota, Fla.AP/PTI

Sarasota : Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump holds up a fireman’s helmet during a campaign speech Monday, Nov. 7, 2016, in Sarasota, Fla.AP/PTI

Trump addressed thousands of his supporters in Michigan hoping to swing the state from the Democrats.

“Do you want America to be ruled by the corrupt political class. Or do you want to be ruled by you, the people,” said Trump at the Michigan rally.

Latest poll indicated that while the election seems to have tightened in the last few days, Clinton maintains a slight lead over Trump. Almost all major polls are predicting a victory for Clinton, but Trump appeared confident of winning some of the key battleground states.

An estimated 200 million people are eligible to cast their votes to elect the country’s 45th president along with hundreds of Congressmen and members of state legislatures and local civic bodies.
More than 42 million have already voted using the “early voting” provision of the American electoral system.

(With inputs from agencies)