On the evening of US presidential election 2016 The River will be live blogging events throughout. Check back here for updates on swing states and student reactions as results roll in from Maine to Alaska. You can expect to hear from us as state results are declared and the identity of the 45th president of the United States is revealed.
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The final votes are in and Donald Trump has been named the 45th president of the United States of America.
Trump takes key state North Carolina. Clinton hopes to take Michigan and Wisconsin as she sits at 197 vs Trumps 187. The presidential hopefuls need 270 to become the next leader of the USA.
Trump has taken Ohio.
Tanya Lukyan, a criminology and international relations said: “So far it’s scary because Trump is ahead. I am voting for Hillary so it’s going to be an interesting race. I honestly thought she was going to win by a landslide and be way ahead of Trump, but now I’m not 100% sure as I was when I came in here.
“I watched the Obama vs Mitt 2012 but the thing is with that election we knew Obama was going to win because he was an incumbent so there was a higher chance. This time around it’s two new people we haven’t had as presidents before so it’s more uncertain.”
Trump is on 140 vs Clinton on 104.
Polls predict republicans will continue to hold the majority in the house causing outrage among students.
22 out of 50 states have been announced.
Rachel Imlay, a student helping run the event said: “I’m thinking that so far there’s been a lot of small states whose results have come in so i’m hoping for the big states to vote for Clinton. It’s looking close.”
Trump takes Texas and Arkansas taking the Republican runner to 128 vs Clinton on 97.
The room erupts as Clinton takes New York.
Trump took Kansas, Nebraska, Wyoming, North and South Dakota.
Clinton has now stands at 97 for Clinton vs Trump on 84. Candidates need 270 to become the next US president.
Colorado, Florida, Michigan, North Carolina, New Hampshire, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia are still too early to call.
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Feminist society president Sofie Smedsrud helped arrange the live viewing for Kingston university students.
The 22-year-old journalism and international relations student said: “This has been one of the most controversial and historically important US elections that we’ve seen so far, and we want to create a space where people can engage in all the important matters that are at stake.”
Clinton leads at 53.5 per cent compared to Trump’s 42.9 per cent.
A list of 11 swing states have been calculated: Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin.
Hillary wins Illinois, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Maryland, Rhode Island, Delaware and District of Columbia invoking a round of applause among Kingston students.
Oklahoma, Tennessee and Mississippi are taken by Trump, causing the room of over 100 students to boo.
Clinton takes the lead to 68 vs Trumps 37. Candidates need 270 to win.
Theatre students Dennis Wakeman and Geneva Turner are watching the live stream from the Lawley Lecture Theatre in Kingston Hill. The New York residents both voted for Hillary Clinton via absentee ballots.
Wakeman, 20, said: “I see all this stuff happening with Trump winning these first ones but I think Hillary is going to win where it’s important. In New York and California definitely both of those have a higher electoral college. If somehow Trump does win I believe America as a whole won’t let him mess us up.
Turner, 25, said: “I think it’s embarrassing to me, watching my country hand over 3 states. I can’t believe it. It’s just unfathomable to me. I’m hopeful and optimistic but after seeing what happened with Brexit I’m anxious. All we can do really at this point is cross our fingers.”
Trump wins West Virginia taking the count to Trump 24 vs Clinton on 3.
Vigo County, Indiana, which has voted for the winner of every presidential election since Eisenhower has gone for Trump.
Trump’s running mate Mike Pence, the governor of Indiana, has thanked his state for contributing 11 electoral votes to Trump’s column.
Trump has won in Kentucky and Indiana, while Clinton has won in Vermont.
Trump takes the lead with 19 votes to Clinton’s three. Candidates need 270 in total to become the next President of the USA.
Polls have closed in Florida (most polling sites), South Carolina, Virginia, New Hampshire, Kentucky and Indiana.
A bit of background before the first state results come in:
Trump has predicted he will pull off an upset victory like Britain’s “Brexit” referendum in June to leave the European Union.
Opinion polls gave Clinton a four-point lead over Mr Trump.
A record number of Americans – more than 46 million – voted early by post or at polling stations.
All 50 states and Washington DC are voting across six different time zones.
All 435 seats in the House of Representatives – which Republicans currently hold sway – are up for grabs, although it is forecast to remain in Republican hands.
We’re at Kingston Hill Campus watching the live stream with the Feminist Society and Politics Society. It’s a good turn out so far, but the atmosphere is uncertain.