Tuesday, November 8, 2016


The 2016 race that began 595 days ago and involved 22 major candidates is expected to end Tuesday as millions of voters head to the polls across the U.S. to cast their ballots for president, vice president, their representatives in Congress and other elected officials.

On Monday, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, a former secretary of state and former first lady, held a small 4-percentage-point lead over GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump, according to a CBS News poll measuring the state of the race before the polls opened. Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Virginia, is Clinton’s vice presidential nominee and Republican Gov. Mike Pence is Trump’s running mate. Libertarian Gary Johnson and Green Party candidate Jill Stein are two independent candidates who will appear on some or all ballots. Evan McMullin is another independent candidate who could perform well in his home state of Utah.


In order to win the presidency, a candidate must win 270 electoral votes -- a majority of the 538 electors. CBS News will be keeping an eye on 13 battleground states: Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Michigan, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin.

8:08 p.m. ET CBS News projects Clinton wins in Rhode Island.

8:05 p.m. ET CBS News projects Clinton wins in Illinois.

8:00 p.m. ET Polls are now closed in Alabama, Connecticut, Delaware, D.C., Florida, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Tennessee.

CBS News projects Clinton wins in Massachusetts, Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey and D.C.

CBS News also projects Trump wins in Tennessee and Oklahoma.

CBS News projects New Hampshire, Pennsylvania and Florida are all tossups.

7:56 p.m. ET CBS News projects Trump wins South Carolina.

7:49 p.m. ET Here are more details from the national exit polls:

Both candidates are viewed unfavorably by a majority of voters. More than half of voters (54 percent) have an unfavorable view of Hillary Clinton, and 61 percent have an unfavorable view of Donald Trump.
[source: CBS]


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