America goes to the polls this morning to decide the winner of the most divisive election in modern history.
After a bruising 18-month election cycle, we will know within hours whether Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton will be the next President of the United States.
Voting began in the early hours of this morning in New Hampshire, where the village of Dixville Notch became the first in the nation to declare shortly after midnight local time. Mrs Clinton secured the first confirmed scalp – however tiny – with four of the village’s eight adults voting for her. Mr Trump got two votes, with Gary Johnson, the Libertarian and Mitt Romney, the 2012 GOP candidate, one apiece.
The two candidates made their final pleas for votes to the undecided voters who could help them over the line tonight.
Mrs Clinton was given a 90 percent chance of defeating Mr Trump, according to the final Reuters/Ipsos States of the Nation stats released last night. If all recent polls are correct, she will become the first female president of the country tonight – the early hours of tomorrow morning UK time.
Most Asian markets rose this morning – China stocks rose to a 10-month high – with investors optimistic but cautious over improving prospects for a win for Mrs Clinton.
State officials are braced for chaos today. Early voting has seen hours-long queues at polling stations over the past few days, with cases of people being turned away. Several Democrat activists have filed lawsuits alleging voter intimidation by Trump supporters.
Mr Trump has urged his supporters to personally monitor polling stations for potential voting fraud, raising the spectre of clashes.
Last night, Barack and Michelle Obama “passed on the baton” to Mrs Clinton at a star-studded rally in Philadelphia, with performances by Bruce Springsteen and Jon Bon Jovi. (Vote Trump vs vote Clinton.)