US elections: US voters divided: Clinton and Trump go side by side in exit-polls

02:20 Nov. 9, 2016

US voters divided: Clinton and Trump go side by side in exit-polls

Clinton-Trump elections (by Daily Record)

Exit-polls show a slight majority of US voters gave their ballots for next president 

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are locked in a tense battle for the White House, as results in several crucial swing states went down the wire. American voters turned out in huge numbers as the most divisive election in US political history reached a bitter end.

The electorate picking the next president is sharply defined by cleavages of race, gender and educational attainment, according to early, preliminary results Tuesday from the national network exit poll, Politico informs.

Donald Trump has a large advantage among white voters without a college degree, MSNBC reported Tuesday, 65 percent to 29 percent. But Trump and Clinton are neck-and-neck among white voters with a college degree — an otherwise reliably Republican cohort over the past 50 years of election polling.

Clinton, meanwhile, is winning a majority of voters under the age of 30, 51 percent to 34 percent — a smaller percentage than President Barack Obama did in 2012.

Clinton's advantages over Trump among black voters is marginally smaller than Obama's: 87 percent to 8 percent, according to Fox News. And her lead over Trump among Hispanic voters was similar to Obama's over Romney: 65 percent to 27 percent.

The full survey is embargoed until the polls close across most of the country, but the six members of the National Election Pool were permitted to report nuggets from the survey that don't characterize the outcome beginning at 5 p.m. Eastern Time. The numbers are certain to change, perhaps significantly, throughout the night.

MSNBC also reported a 7-point edge in party identification for Democrats, 38 percent to 31 percent.

Clinton is better liked than Trump, though majorities have unfavorable opinions of each. Clinton's image rating is 44 percent favorable/54 percent unfavorable — more positive than Trump's 37 percent favorable/61 percent unfavorable.

As of 2am GMT, the candidates were neck and neck in Florida, which Trump needed to win to have any chance of winning the presidency, The Telegraph stresses.

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One of the most divisive US presidential elections in history is over. By the end of election day on Tuesday, more than 130 million Americans out of an eligible population of 225m are expected to have cast ballots across 50 states.

"But just winning the popular vote will not necessarily send Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump to the White House. Instead, the US's complicated system makes the night a race to secure a majority of the 538 votes in the electoral college — 270 or more," Financial Times reminds.

Read also Clinton has 90% chance to win elections - Reuters poll

"It's been the most engrossing, weirdest and grubbiest election campaign in living memory - and it's almost over. US citizens have cast their votes and polls are beginning to close as Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump wait to find out which of them will replace Barack Obama as President of the United States - subject to any fighting in the courts if the result is disputed," Daily Mirror states. 

Read also Diplomatic war sparks between US and Russia over election

Still, Republican candidate Donald Trump continued with declaring rather controversial thoughts on his commitment to results. Trump has hinted at this previously - but when asked directly in a Fox News interview tonight he says he won't commit to accepting election results until he sees "how things play out", Mirror reports.

He appears to be hinting that if he doesn't win – he might not accept the result.

"We're going to see how things play out today," Trump said. "Hopefully they'll play out well and hopefully we won't have to worry about it".

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