WASHINGTON — Today is the day that American voters will decide who’ll be their next president — Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump. A record number of Americans took advantage of early voting, casting more than 46.27 million ballots. The Associated Press estimates that the early vote number could top 50 million.
Both candidates posted to their Twitter accounts early Tuesday morning, with the Clinton campaign using the latest social media craze, the Mannequin Challenge, to encourage people to vote.
TODAY WE MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 8, 2016
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) November 8, 2016
The votes already have been counted in three New Hampshire precincts and Donald Trump has won by a 32-25 margin over Hillary Clinton. Polls in the tiny New Hampshire towns of Dixville, Hart’s Location and Millsfield opened just after midnight and closed as soon as everyone had voted.
Tim Kaine has cast his ballot for president in his hometown of Richmond, Virginia.
The Democratic vice presidential nominee and his wife, Anne Holton, voted shortly after polls opened at 6 a.m. at a retirement community near their home.
Kaine was cheered by supporters waiting in line.
After voting, he spoke to reporters where he encouraged Americans to vote and said that if elected, he and running mate Hillary Clinton would try and bring the country together.
“The sign of a vigorous democracy is one where a lot of people participate,” Kaine said.
The candidates spent their last full day of campaigning hitting a lot of battleground states, accompanied by their families, political allies and celebrities.
Clinton on Monday held a massive rally on Philadelphia’s Independence Mall, addressing some 33,000 people. She told the crowd, “The real question for us is what kind of country we want to be.”
Trump ended a marathon day of campaigning with a final rally in Grand Rapids, Michigan, telling supporters to get out and vote.