Trump Leading Over Clinton — as World Waits on Florida

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Date  09/11/2016

Donald Trump took an early lead over Hillary Clinton, with projected wins in 15 states as many polls still remain open across the country.The Associated Press projected Trump as the winner of Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana, Oklahoma, West Virginia, Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming, Kansas, Texas, Arkansas and South Carolina, giving him 133 electoral votes.Clinton was projected as the winner of Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Maryland, Washington, D.C., Delaware, Illinois, New York and Vermont. Total, the states allot her 104 electoral votes.Ohio, Pennsylvania, Georgia and Virginia were still too close to call as polls in battleground state Florida closed.In major Senate races, former Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio won another term in Florida. Illinois Rep. Tammy Duckworth defeated GOP nominee Mark Kirk to take one of the state’s Senate seats. In New York, Sen. Chuck Schumer was re-elected to his Senate position. House Speaker Paul Ryan was also re-elected to his seat.Before the first exit poll results arrived on Tuesday, numerous states were reporting record voter turnout in what is already expected to be a historical election.With most polls opening as early as 6 a.m. across the country, states like Michigan saw a huge surge in those arriving to the polls.

“Historically we have in the mid 60s [percent voter turnout]. In 2008, we had 67.5 and in 2012 we had 64.1,” Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson told CBS Detroit. “This year, our absentees are up nine percent. Whether that will translate to the polls or not, we’ll find out.”Polls in Michigan closed at 8 p.m. Michigan has gone to the Democrats since 1992, but Trump’s campaigning in the state could lead to a flip, according to pundits.

In swing state North Carolina, the Durham County Board of Elections requested a last-minute extension of polling hours after a glitch in their electronic voting system, reported CNN.The board sent their recommendation to the state Board of Elections at 1:30 p.m. EST, according to CNN. The glitch required at least five precincts to switch to paper poll books. No votes cast were affected — only wait times, due to the check-in glitch.Colorado also experienced some issues, with the voter registration system experiencing a 30 minute outage in parts of the state, the Colorado secretary of state tweeted.The outage happened between 2:47 p.m. and 3:16 p.m, local time, Wayne Williams said. The system has since been back online.Violence broke out at a Florida polling location, resulting in police charges in the early morning hours, according to The Washington Post. A Trump supporter allegedly sprayed a man with mace after they exchanged words in the parking lot in front of the Jupiter polling place. Police told CNN that a 52-year-old woman got into a heated argument with a man, and “he got so close to her that he put her in fear for her safety, at which time she sprayed him with mace.”Just before 5 p.m., Clinton was seen leaving her home in Chappaqua, New York, heading toward New York City in a motorcade. She will host an Election Night party at Manhattan’s Javits Center.Trump spent most of the day at Trump Tower, also in Manhattan. The GOP nominee’s party will be hosted, however, at the New York Hilton Midtown. Ahead of the night, a cake made in Trump’s likeness was spotted being wheeled into his headquarters.

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