By Beryl Kessio
By Beryl Kessio
Rabat – The most divisive presidential elections in U.S. history is finally coming to an end after this Tuesday. American voters are heading to the polls today to pick the next president, vice president, congressional representatives and other officials.
Voting started at 06:00 EST (11:00 GMT) on the east coast, though some villages of New Hampshire polled early. The rest of the country’s polling places are due to open later in the day. A record 46 million Americans have voted early this election season, according to the Pew Research Center. That number could top 50 million by the time all votes are counted.
Before voting began today, Democratic challenger Hillary Clinton’s lead over Washington outsider and GOP nominee Donald Trump was a mere four percent, according to a CBS News poll. In most swing states, it will be a close race. However, if Clinton holds on to traditionally blue states and adds a few swing states, she will most likely win the election.
Trump will need Ohio, North Carolina and Florida, three hotly contested states, in order to have a chance. That is assuming he does well in the remaining swing states.
Both candidates have held rallies in the battleground states of North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Michigan in the days leading up to the election in a last-ditch effort to win crucial votes to tip them over the required 270 electoral votes needed to clinch the presidency.
“We now have the chance to elect a 45th president who will build on our progress who will finish the job … who is smart, who is steady and who is tested,” Obama said at a rally, endorsing the former Secretary of State while slamming Mr. Trump. “She will work, she will deliver. She won’t just tweet.”
At his last rally of the campaign on Tuesday, Trump assembled supporters under the idea of putting “America first.”
“Imagine what our country could accomplish if we started working together as one people, under one God, saluting one American flag,” he said.
The presidential election is not the only important race for Americans today. Democrats are looking to seize the Senate from Republicans. Even though the Republican-controlled House of Representatives will most likely remain as such, the majority is expected to be reduced.