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Tuesday, 08 November 2016 - 7:51
Update: Trump takes 32-25 lead in New Hampshire after midnight voting


As the world waits with bated breath for the results of Tuesday's contentious presidential election, its eyes turned briefly to three sleepy hamlets in rural New Hampshire, as their residents — fewer than 100 total — became the first in the nation to cast their ballots.

In Dixville Notch, Hillary Clinton beat Donald Trump 4-2. Libertarian Gary Johnson received one vote, and the 2012 Republican candidate, Mitt Romney received a surprise write-in ballot. In the slightly larger burg of Hart's Location, Clinton won with 17 votes to Trump's 14. Johnson got three of Hart's Location votes, while write-ins Bernie Sanders and John Kasich each got one vote. And in Millsfield, Trump won decisively, 16-4, with one write-in for Bernie Sanders.

So, in the three New Hampshire towns with midnight voting, Trump came out ahead 32-25.

According to New Hampshire law, communities with under 100 voters can open their polls at midnight and close them as soon as all registered voters have cast their ballots.

Opinion and political polls suggest that Democrat Hillary Clinton is on the lead against her prime rival Republican Donald Trump at the U.S. Presidential race as America vote for their 45th President.

The two major candidates ended their presidential campaigns as angry as they began with Trump calling Clinton a ‘phony’ and she accusing him of splitting the country.

Reports say Clinton sought to capture more support from Latinos, African-Americans and young people, while Trump looked to win over disaffected Democrats and rev up a middle class that he said has been sidelined by the political establishment.

According to statistics over 120 million Americans are expected to cast votes, while Polling booths will open in all 50 states and in Washington DC across six time zones.

Meanwhile, just a day for the voting FBI cleared Clinton of the latest email probe, prompting Trump to call the whole incident a hoax.

President Barack Obama openly campaigning for Clinton speaking at the Independence Mall in Philadelphia short while ago said Hillary Clinton’s candidacy is reason enough to show up.

“The vicious, crazy attacks, the double standards applied to her, they’re like nothing we’ve ever seen before,” Obama said, “and what makes it worse is most of the people saying this stuff, they don’t really believe it!”

“When you’re subjected to unrelenting negative fire, it takes a toll. But here’s the thing about Hillary: She doesn’t complain. She doesn’t buckle. She brushes it off. Like the American people, she is strong and tough, and she knows that government service is not about her - it’s about you! Your struggles. Your dreams.”

“She won’t just tweet,” Obama continued. “But she will need your help, and she’ll need help in Washington.”

Nearly 30, 000 people were at the rally.

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