Trump wins

Donald Trump is the new US president elect

Sorcha Pollak, Dan Griffin, Hugh Linehan, Rachel Flaherty Wed, Nov 9
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    Feeling anxious about the result of the American presidential race? I am. The countdown is on for the decision on whether Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump will be the 45th president of America.  
    I’m Rachel Flaherty and I will keep you updated on all the latest news as it happens.  

    You can contact me on twitter @rachelfl or

  • 15:39

    Donald Trump tweeted just four hours ago:

    Hillary Clinton tweeted:

  • 15:43

    Puzzled? This is how the US electoral system works

    Simon Carswell, The Irish Times’ Washington correspondent, has written a detailed explanation on how the US electoral system works.

    Every four years the US president and vice president are selected using as system called the electoral college, involving a group of 538 people known as “electors”.
    Each state has a specific number of electors based on their population, according to census data. California, for example, has a population of 39 million and so has 55 electors, while Connecticut, which has a tenth of that population, has seven electors.
    When voters go to the polls to vote for the next president on November 8th, they are voting for the electors who pledge to cast their ballots in the electoral college.

    Full story here

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    One airline is pushing an unique marketing campaign during the US elections

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    US election guide: what to watch, key times and how it all works
    The polls opened on Tuesday morning with an outcome expected by Wednesday morning

    Unless you’ve been tuned into the election campaign, you might not know that there are more than two people seeking the presidency. Alongside Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican candidate Donald Trump on many ballot papers are former Governor of New Mexico Gary Johnson of the Libertarian Party; Green Party nominee and former physician Jill Stein; and more than 20 others. Between them, the also-rans could take up to 6-7 per cent of the national vote - interesting more for how they could affect support for the big two. There is, though, another way an outsider could directly influence the result of the presidential election. No third-party candidate has claimed a State victory since George Wallace in 1968 - however, Independent candidate Evan McMullin has a fighting chance in his home State of Utah.

    Throughout the day, field workers across the country will interview voters as they emerge from polling stations. By the close of voting, about 85,000 in-person voters and 16,000 early and absentee voters will have answered detailed questions about their vote, the reasons for their decision and their views about key issues in the campaign. Commissioned by a consortium comprising ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, Fox and The Associated Press, the exit poll results will begin to filter into the live TV coverage from 11pm Irish time.

    At 7pm eastern time (midnight in Ireland), polling stations will close in the first six states: Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, South Carolina, Vermont and Virginia. There are two contests worth watching here. In Virginia, a strong showing from Clinton would reassure pollsters, who have consistently put this swing state in the blue column, and settle nerves in the Democratic camp. Conversely, a narrow winning margin or a victory for Trump would give a big boost to the property magnate. Georgia, a traditional Republican stronghold that last voted for a Democrat in 1992, has grown more diverse since Mitt Romney won there in 2012 and is considered one of Clinton’s outside bets. If she wins it, it probably means she is in for a very good night.

    Full story here

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    Not long to wait until we know the result


  • 16:32

    Hillary Clinton after she voted this morning


  • 16:41

    Video of Donald Trump arriving to vote with his wife Melania and daughter Ivanka

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    Tut tut Eric Trump. Donald Trump's son tweeted what appeared to be a photo of a filled out ballot this morning. The problem is posting ballot paper pictures is illegal in New York. Eric has since deleted the tweet.
    Tut tut Eric Trump. Donald Trump's son tweeted what appeared to be a photo of a filled out ballot this morning. The problem is posting ballot paper pictures is illegal in New York. Eric has since deleted the tweet.
  • 17:03

    Paul Krugman says the FBI, partisan media, the news networks, all conspired against the Hillary Clinton

    "The election was rigged by James Comey, the director of the FBI. His job is to police crime – but instead he used his position to spread innuendo and influence the election. Was he deliberately putting a thumb on the electoral scales, or was he simply bullied by Republican operatives? It doesn’t matter: He abused his office, shamefully.

    The election was also rigged by people within the FBI – people who clearly felt that under Comey they had a free hand to indulge their political preferences. In the final days of the campaign, pro-Trump agents have clearly been talking nonstop to Republicans like Rudy Giuliani and right-wing media, putting claims and allegations that may or may not have anything to do with reality into the air.

    The agency clearly needs a major housecleaning: Having an important part of our national security apparatus trying to subvert an election is deeply scary. Unfortunately, Comey is just the man not to do it."

    Full story


  • 17:12

    A very short and simple newspaper editorial

  • 17:20

    A touching tribute

    People are lining up to   honor   Susan B   Anthony, the famous suffragist who helped women get the right to vote, by standing in line at her grave on Election Day and placing their “I Voted” stickers on her tombstone.
    Deborah Hughes, the executive director of the nearby Susan B Anthony House and Museum, told a local Rochester news station that the amount of visitors is totally unprecedented.
    “This is so powerful,” Hughes said. “Someone asked me if there’s ever been a line this long ― there’s never been a line.”


  • 17:31

    Interesting photograph

  • 17:33

    One Trump supporter is not a fan of celebrity endorsements

  • 17:35

    Trump v Clinton: the insults, scandals and more insults in under 10 minutes

  • 17:44

    One American may have had enough of the US election drama and decided to move to our green isle for some peace and quiet

    An American looking for “peace and tranquillity” is the buyer of a remote Co Clare cottage.

    This is the old Ireland - warm, friendly and safe,’ says auctioneer of two-bed home advertised at €17,000 which sold for €81,000.
    “The individual is looking for a little getaway where he is close to the sea and has a private site for total tranquillity.” said auctioneer Shane Finn.“You are not just buying a property you, are buying a lifestyle. At my last visit of this house I met the neighbours; they were cutting the grass for the owner who was away. This is what the new purchaser has bought. Neighbours that are friends and that look out for you. When you drive around in this area everybody waves at you. You’re a little bit like the Pope constantly waving. This is the old Ireland that we all remember. Warm, friendly and safe.”


  • 17:48

    If you are feeling sleepy...


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    Is Barack Obama nervous about the election outcome?

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    Best odds for winning

    Betting exchanges and online trading platforms today said Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton held a far higher probability of winning than Republican Donald Trump.
    While Trump made modest gains in probability to win on some online platforms as Americans went to the polls, many gave Clinton a better than 75 per cent chance of victory.
    Bookmaker Paddy Power said Clinton's chance of taking the White House dipped slightly to 81.8 per cent on Election Day from 83.3 per cent, while Trump's probability improved to 22 percent from 20 percent.
    "The flow of money is relatively even with it slightly favouring Trump," said Paddy Power spokesman Feilim Mac An Iomaire. (Reuters)


  • 18:42

    The question you really want answered- How do astronauts vote from space?

    Shane Kimbrough — the sole American on the International Space Station this Election Day — cast his ballot via a special absentee ballot process established in the 1990s to help NASA astronauts “vote while they float.”

    “It's something that, you know, you might or might not expect it to mean a great deal. But when you're so removed from your planet, small things do have a large impact,” astronaut David Wolf told NPR in 2008. He was the first space traveller to take advantage of this process in 1997, while he was living on the Mir space station operated by Russia.
    Gov George W Bush signed the bill into law, creating Rule 81.35 of the Texas Administrative Code: early voting from space.
    The astronaut receives the password-protected document in an email, fills it out and sends it back to the county clerk, who copies their choices onto a standard ballot. Only the clerk and the astronaut will know how the astronaut voted.

    “It's kind of exciting when you open up your computer in the morning and you've got a message from outer space or something like that,” former Harris County clerk Mary Ann Daigle told NPR.

    Full story from Washington Post

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    Feel free to contact me with any comments at   @rachelfl
  • 18:52

    Donald Trump has been spotted

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    Unusual on an election day

  • 19:03

    Trump campaign files lawsuit

    Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump sued the registrar of voters in Clark County, Nevada over a polling place in Las Vegas that had been allowed to remain open late last week to accommodate people who were lined up to vote.

    Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton are in a close contest to win Nevada in Tuesday's election after a long and contentious campaign. Nevada is one of several states that permits early voting and Las Vegas is viewed as a base of support for Clinton, a former US   Senator from New York and former secretary of state.

    Nevada state law says voters who are in line at 8 pm, when the polls close, must be allowed to cast their ballots. The lawsuit, filed in a Nevada state court on Monday, said election officials violated state law because they allowed people to join the line after 8 pm at a polling location at a Latino market.

  • 19:17

    A look back in time

  • 19:20

    Some fighting words from Bernie Sanders


  • 19:32

    Residents round Co Clare rally around Trump

    Residents in Doonbeg are hopeful the largest landowner in their parish, Donald Trump, will be returning to the village as the 45th president of the United States.
    A local builder even claimed the Republican candidate – who has been targeted by Democrats during the election campaign for refusing to pay some labourers at his businesses – picked up old debts after he bought the Co Clare golf resort.
    “I wish Trump the best,” said Martin Kelly. “I hope he does get in. He is a good guy. He is positive, he is not perfect. I think he is a good trier and has a great empire built up for himself and I think he deserves to get in. He says what he means, there is no beating around the bush with him.”
    Mr Kelly said he carries out work for the Trump golf resort and said Mr Trump is very popular in the village. “Trump is employing a lot of people. He is a good guy to be honest with you. Trump has done a lot of good stuff done around here. A great company to work with. Very sound. You do the job and you get paid. There is no messing.”

    Holding a large Trump, Make America Great Again, banner aloft, local publican Tommy Tubridy said he thinks “there is a strong silent vote out there for Trump that will come out and vote. I think he will do it. This area would be for Donald Trump.

    Full story here

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    One of the top election tweets trending right now


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    Update on Trump lawsuit

    Trump’s lawsuit, filed in a Nevada state court on Monday, said election officials violated state law because they allowed people to join the line after 8pm at a polling location at a Latino market.
    Trump, who said last month that he might not accept the outcome of the national election if he thinks it is unfair, asked in the lawsuit that the ballots from the Latino market be kept separate from other votes, pending any legal challenges to the state‘s results.
    “We have to keep the system honest,” Trump said on Fox News.
    Clark County spokesman Dan Kulin said the lawsuit asks the county to preserve records, “which is already required by law for us to do that”.

  • 20:21

    So who is going to join us pulling an all-nighter?

    We even have the top seven tips to help you stay awake.

    1. The old favourite - coffee
    The trick to using caffeine as a stimulant to keep you awake, is to drink it slowly.
    If you drink too much coffee too quickly, you will end up with a case of the shakes and most likely fall into a restless, fitful sleep. Drink too little and you’ll crash the moment it leaves your blood stream. So, aim for roughly half a cup of coffee every two hours to avoid any crash.

    2. Move your mouth
    Chewing sends signals to your brain that food is on the way. This means your body gets prepared by producing insulin, perking you up. Unfortunately actually eating a tasty meal will lead to a post-meal slump so stick to chewing something inedible chewing gum or an ice cube.

    3. Move your body
    Get up off the sofa and watch the action on your feet. The chances are you have already been sitting for too long today already, so stand up and move around. Getting your blood moving will improve the supply of oxygen to your brain, making you more mentally alert as well. And it’s almost impossible to fall asleep when you are on your feet. Almost...

    Rest of the story here

  • 20:29
    Just in . . .
    A Nevada judge has rejected a request by Donald Trump's presidential campaign for an immediate order to be issued in its lawsuit over concerns about voting at a polling place in Las Vegas that remained open late last week.

    Judge Gloria Sturman at the Clark County Court said that the order would potentially make public the identities of poll workers, which could put them at risk of harassment.
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    Lady Gaga has a late message for voters. . .  


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    Trump is still campaigning for votes


  • 20:37

    Oil prices

    Oil prices ended little changed on Tuesday as the market waited to find out who voters elected to be the next president of the United States. The most recent polls have put Democrat Hillary Clinton ahead of Republican rival Donald Trump in Tuesday's election. Most investers believe a Clinton victory would result in greater certainty and stability in financial markets.

  • 20:44

    Pizza to the polls

    A grassroots initiative called Pizza to the Polls aims to make voting less miserable with pizza. The nonpartisan site has been taking in reports of long lines at polling places and reportedly delivering free pizzas to hungry Americans, the Business Insider is reporting.
    "Americans are hungry for democracy and are turning out in record numbers to vote," the Pizza to the Polls website says. "But that means long lines and sometimes empty stomachs, which might discourage these brave patriots from performing their civic duty."
    As of Tuesday at noon eastern time, Pizza to the Polls received over $16,000 in contributions and delivered 268 pizzas, according to the website.

  • 20:53

    Hillary Clinton tweets "it's going to be close"

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    Symbolic move

    Hillary Clinton will be holding her election night party at the Javits Center in New York City, where she'll make her speech from beneath its famous glass ceiling.

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    Mexico's peso firmed to its strongest in two months today on bets that Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton would defeat her Republican rival Donald Trump in the US presidential election. Polls were seen favouring Clinton over Trump, who has threatened to rip up a free trade deal with Mexico and tax the money sent home by migrants in order to build a wall on the southern US border. The peso firmed 1 per cent to 18.39 per dollar, its strongest since September   8th.

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    Matching father and son photographs

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    New York's Post front page today

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    In other news...

    The Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland (Asti) is to suspend its industrial action with immediate effect following the intervention of a third party.

  • 21:29

    Voter turn out estimates in Florida

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    Grace Bell Hardison, 100-years-old, had her voter registration challenged for this election


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    Do you believe Trump will win?


  • 21:53

    Top election day issues searched: its abortion for Hillary Clinton and race for Donald Trump


  • 21:58

    This cake is impressive

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    G'wan Miley and Lindsay



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    Gun-control measures likely to pass in four American states

    Gun control-related ballot measures in four American states are expected to pass, opinion polls are showing, after gun safety advocates poured a massive amount of money into backing the initiatives.
    In Maine and Nevada, residents are voting on whether to mandate universal background checks for firearm sales, including private handgun transactions.
    If those two measures pass, half of all Americans would live in states that have such expanded checks. Eighteen states and Washington, DC, have already approved similar laws.
    Voters in Washington state will consider allowing judges to bar dangerous people, such as accused domestic abusers, from possessing guns.
    In California, a referendum would ban large-capacity ammunition magazines and require certain people to pass a background check to buy ammunition.
    The US Constitution’s Second Amendment protects the right to bear arms, and gun rights advocates fiercely contest any attempt to restrict it.

    The votes in Maine and Nevada represent a key test of the gun control movement’s decision to turn to a state-by-state strategy after efforts to pass nationwide legislation failed in Congress.
    Opponents have said the laws are not clear and would do nothing to stop criminals.
    “We know today that the place where criminals are getting guns, the black market, they aren’t subjecting themselves to background checks,” said Ryan Hamilton, a spokesman for the National Rifle Association-backed opposition in Nevada. “It doesn’t target criminal behavior, it targets law-abiding behaviour.”
    Proponents have said background checks would save lives.


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    Trump's new best friend Nigel Farage shares his views into the US election and Brexit


  • 22:35

    It's possible but really unlikely . . .

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    Problems with voter registration systems

  • 22:43

    Now we know...Bush did not vote for Clinton

    George W Bush and his wife Laura Bush did not vote for Hillary Clinton today.
    According to the Texas Tribune, Mr Bush did not vote for either major-party presidential nominee this year, a spokesman for the former president confirmed.
    There had been speculation in recent weeks Mr Bush would vote for Ms Clinton.

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    "How accurate are exit polls" question is trending

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    Polling problems continue  

    A North Carolina advocacy group today filed a lawsuit asking that polls in Durham County be kept open until 9pm after problems with electronic voting rolls there earlier in the day, according to a court filing provided by the group.
    Democracy North Carolina filed the case in a state court, shortly before the state board of elections is set to decide whether voting in Durham County should be extended. (Reuters)

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    How to survive through the election night

    For anyone intent on following developments in the US presidential election race, it’s going to be a long night ahead. Here are some recipes for TV snacks to fuel an all-nighter, as well as a couple of classic American favourites to keep you busy in the kitchen while the results trickle in.
    Polling stations close at 7pm eastern time (midnight in Ireland) and there will be buckets of fried chicken passed around millions of American homes this evening as the exit polls are analysed and the future of the nation is chewed over. Irish bystanders can feel part of the action by rustling up a midnight snack of fried chicken.
    Donal Skehan takes inspiration from Korea, one of the fastest growing ethnic cuisines in the US, for his take on KFC or Korean fried chicken. You might need to nip out to the shops for a tub of gochujang (Korean chilli paste) for this one, but otherwise, it’s pretty straightforward.
    You’ll need to spend a bit more time in the kitchen, and raid the spice cupboard, to make a batch of Imen McDonnell’s buttermilk fried chicken, but it’ll be worth it. The American, now resident in Adare, Co Limerick, perfected this recipe for her book published earlier this year: The Farmette Cookbook: Recipes and Adventures from My Life on an Irish Farm.
    Domini Kemp’s Texas chilli beef takes a couple of hours to reach meltingly tender perfection, but it can bubble away on the stove while you catch up with the news Stateside. Serve it with a spoonful of guacamole and a pile of tortilla chips and it will keep hunger pangs at bay til the breakfast news rolls round.
    You’d be forgiven for thinking there are only two candidates in this race. We tip a nod in the direction of Libertarian party candidate and former New Mexico governor Gary Johnson with Vanessa Greenwood’s recipe for chargrilled corn dippers with mango, which takes its inspiration from just across the border in Mexico.

    Full story here

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    Thanks Rachel. Hugh Linehan here, with my tub of gochujang by my side and ready to take over until 6am Irish time tomorrow. By which stage we should (fingers crossed) know who the next US president is going to be. There is a chance, though, that the race could be so tight that we’re still waiting for confirmation at that time. Here’s a brief timeline of how events will pan out over the next few hours (all times are Irish):

    Polls close in parts of Indiana and Kentucky in the Eastern Time Zone — which includes most of Indiana and half of Kentucky.
    Projections won’t be made in either state until all the polls close an hour later.

    Polls close statewide in Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, South Carolina, Vermont andVirginia.
    We may get calls in the presidential race in Indiana, Kentucky, South Carolina and Vermont. Don’t be fooled by early results trickling in from Virginia. The real numbers that matter won't come in until a little after 1am., when northern Virginia begins to report its results.
    The polls also close in most of Florida. watching the votes roll in.

    Polls close in two big battlegrounds: North Carolina and Ohio. No early calls will be made in the presidential race in both states and the Senate and gubernatorial races are also likely to be too close to call.
    West Virginia, which also closes now, should be an easy Trump win.


    Polls close in 17 states. We can expect immediate calls in Alabama, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Maryland,Massachusetts, Mississippi, New Jersey, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, Tennessee and the District of Columbia.
    Others will be closer: Florida, Maine, Missouri,New Hampshire and Pennsylvania. Trump is favoured to carry Missouri, which could balso e called immediately.


    Polls close in Arkansas, where Clinton was once first lady, but which will be an easy Trump win.

    Polls close in a number of key battleground states: Arizona, Colorado, Michigan,Minnesota, New Mexico and Wisconsin.
    Most of Texas closes, but the small part of West Texas in the Mountain Time Zone closes at an hour later.
    Polls also close in Kansas, Louisiana, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming — all likely Trump states. And while polls close in Arizona, don’t expect to see any vote totals for an hour.

    Polls close in Iowa, Montana, Nevada and Utah.
    Iowa and Nevada are the swing states that will attract the most attention, but Utah will also be in the spotlight because of Trump's unpopularity in this conservative state.

    Polls close in four Democratic-leaning states worth a total of 78 electoral votes:California, Hawaii, Oregon and Washington. (Trump will almost certainly addIdaho’s 4 electoral votes.

    Alaska is the last state to close.
    It’s likely the presidential race will be decided before then.

  • 23:17

    The Trump campaign lost its first step to challenge the election results in Nevada, a hotly contested battleground state.

    In a legal action filed Monday, the campaign accused the Clark County registrar of keeping an early voting location open for two extra hours to aid Democratic turnout. Clark County Judge Gloria J. Sturman said at a hearing today that the campaign failed to take up its problems with county officials before coming to court. Here's video of the hearing.


  • 23:19
    Polling has closed in Kentucky, and early reports project an unsurprising Trump lead.
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    You can follow our live stream of up-to-date photographs from the election here.
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    Meggie Morris is at Dublin's Arlington Hotel, where Democratic party supporters are following the election this evening. She's sending us profiles of some of those there, like this:


    Julie Bowman, 25, from Rhode Island  

    Julie Bowman has been backpacking around Europe for two months and happened to be passing through Dublin on Election Day. Ms Bowman, 25, voted for Hillary Clinton by absentee ballot. It was Ms Clinton’s long political history and experience that motivated her to cast her vote for America’s first female presidential nominee.

    “In the primaries I did a pros and cons list for both of them (Clinton and Sanders),” she said. “But regardless of who the other candidate is, this is not a lesser of two evils situation for me. She’s had years to perfect those political relationships both nationally and internationally.”

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    There's been a lot of angry debate about alleged voter suppression in North Carolina, some of which has ended up in the courts this evening. This just in from Politico's liveblog:


    BATTLEGROUND NORTH CAROLINA: A quick update on the unresolved situation in Durham County, N.C., where the state board of elections is considering extending hours after a tech issue: Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook has weighed in, urging action.

    "The Durham County Board of Elections — made up of two Republicans and one Democrat — has agreed that voting hours must be extended due to technical problems that occurred earlier today,” he said. “We are urging the North Carolina Board of Elections to heed this bipartisan call and approve this urgent measure so that every voter can have their voice heard. Especially in light of the fact that Durham County had limited early voting sites, we have to ensure that voters have equal access to the ballot box."

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    Some interesting numbers from FiveThirtyEight's Harry Enten:


    College graduates are 50 percent of the electorate in 2016 versus 47 percent in 2012.
    Liberals are 27 percent of the electorate compared to 25 percent in 2012.
    Senior citizens (65+ year-olds) are 17 percent of the electorate in 2016 compared to 16 percent in 2012.
    Evangelical white voters are 27 percent of the electorate in 2016 versus 26 percent in 2012.

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    Nate Cohn of The Upshot at the New York Times says this:


  • 23:59

    Republican pollster Frank Luntz concedes early:


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    Trump's campaign manager KellyAnne Conway not sounding too positive:


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    Our man Ronan McGreevy is at the big US Embassy-hosted election night party in Guinness Storehouse. He's been talking to Kerry TD Danny Healy Rae, who has this to say:

    "If I was over  there I’d hardy vote at all. The two of them have brought politics to a new low. One was just criticising the other. As a politician if you have to resort to that, you have nothing to stand on yourself. Not once did I hear any of them mentioning the country or the people.  I did not hear them mentioning any issues that are worthwhile. I have about 50 cousins, aunts or uncles in New Jersey. About three of them are Republicans."

  • 00:04
    CNN says Donald Trump takes Kentucky and Indiana. Clinton takes Vermont. Virginia, Georgia and South Carolina are  too early too call
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    As we mentioned an hour ago, early results from Virginia can be misleading.


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    Polls have been kept open for an extra hour  in eight precincts in North Carolina following a court ruling on "a deeply troubling pattern of disenfranchisement" in Durham, an overwhelmingly Democratic county with a large African-American population.
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    CNN has Trump leading slightly in Florida with 38 per cent of the votes in.
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    "It would take a miracle for us to win" an anonymous chief adviser to Trump tells CNN.
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    With 30 per cent of the state's vote in, CNN now says Clinton is ahead in Florida, now votes have started coming in from the heavily-Democratic Miami-Dade countyh
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    CNN projects Trump wins West Virginia. North Carolina and Ohio are too close to call.
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    By the way, you can contact me on Twitter at @hlinehan or email me at Would love to hear what you think, and whether you're nervous yet!
  • 00:47
    Early results and projections have already boosted the chance of Republicans holding on to their majority in the Senate.
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    States with 172 electoral votes will close their polling stations in three minutes' time. But right now, the focus is on Florida, where 70 per cent of votes have been counted and Clinton is marginally ahead. Even Donald Trump himself has acknowledged that, without Florida's 29 electoral college votes, he can't win the presidency.
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    Seems a little premature.


  • 01:09
    The Washington Post projects former Republican presidential primary candidate Marco Rubio will retain his Florida seat in the US Senate. A sign , perhaps, of Republican voters splitting their choices between the presidential contes and down-ballot elections for the Senate and the House of Representatives.
  • 01:12

    The Trump Cake is becoming A Thing.


  • 01:14
    To sum up: Clinton is marginally ahread in Florida, in North Carolina, and even in Ohio. If she wins any one of these, it's hard to see how she can lose the presidency.
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    Arkansas will close in a couple of minutes, but there'll be no surprise when it votes for Donald Trump.
  • 01:31
    CNN projects Democrats' Tammy Duckworth will take Republican Mark Kirk's Senate seat in Illinois, and Marco Rubio will retain his Senate seat for the Republicans in Florida.
  • 01:36

    How it stands right now:


    Trump has won: Alabama, Indiana, Kentucky, South Carolina, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Tennessee and West Virginia

    Clinton has won: Delaware, Washington D.C., Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Rhode Island and Vermont

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    Nate Silver on just posted this:

    One thing seems fairly clear, as we wait for the first swing state dominoes to fall: If Trump wins the Electoral College tonight, and it remains something of a long shot, it’s going to be with narrow wins in a large number of swing states instead of something more emphatic. And it’s going to be a very long night, possibly including an Electoral College-popular vote split.

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    The New York Times gives Trump a 76 per cent chance of winning Florida. CNN reports Democrats are 'worried'.
  • 02:02
    40 states and the District of Columbia have now closed their polls
  • 02:05
    Clinton will win New York; Trump will win Kansas, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming and three of five electoral votes in Nebraska, according to CNN.
  • 02:08

    The tally so far:


    Clinton: 97 Electoral Votes

    Trump: 121 Electoral Votes

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    Meanwhile, in New York...




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    The New York Times prediction has shifted dramatically in last few hours.


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    Good Lord

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    The question now is can Clinton hold on to her four "firewall states": Pennsylvania, Michigan, New Hampshire and Virginia. If the answer is yes, she'll probably be president. But Trump is challenging strongly in all four, despite the fact that polls showed Clinton leading in them.
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    This from Trump's campaign manager

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    If Trump does win, it's the rust belt states of Wisconsin, Michigan and Ohio - all of which voted twice for Obama - which might carry him to the White House.
  • 03:20
    Update: CNN says Iowa too close to call. Utah too close to call. Trump takes Montana.
  • 03:25
    Clinton now looks to have a better chance of holding Virginia, but it's a prime example of how opinion polls seem to have failed to capture the level of support in the state.
  • 03:26

  • 03:30
    Trump wins Ohio.
  • 03:39
    Obama won Michigan by 9.5% in 2012. He won Wisconsin by 6.7%.  
  • 03:42

  • 03:49
    Clinton wins Colorado.
  • 03:51

    This from Nate Cohn of the New York Times' The Uposhot.


  • 03:56

    Politico calls Florida for Trump.


  • 04:03

  • 04:06
    NBC is classifying Arizona, Wisconsin and Utah as "too early to call".
  • 04:10
    For some reason, the official Canadian government website  which provides information on emigrating to that country has crashed.
  • 04:14

  • 04:18
    This is still going to take some time yet. Pennsylvania has yet to be decided. Michigan, Wisconsin and New Hampshire are toss-ups. North Caarolina looks good for Trump. Nevada has yet to come in. Trump is now the clear favourite, with more potential paths to victory, but he's far from a certainty.
  • 04:20

  • 04:28
    Clinton must win both Michigan and Wisconsin as well as Nevada to win. Early voting had been promising for Clinton in Nevada. We’ll see if that holds.
  • 04:33

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  • 04:46
    Pundits are now starting to look at the two states - Maine and Nebraska - which divide their electoral college votes rather than running a winner-takes-all approach. One or two of these votes might, in certain scenarios, be the making or the breaking of a president.
  • 04:49

  • 04:58
    As we approach 5am, here's the situation. Donald Trump has won all the "toss-up" battleground states this evening. Along with that, he has been more competitive than the opinion polls predicted in Clinton's "firewall states" of Virginia, Pennsylvania, Michigan and New Hampshire, and is struggling in Wisconsin. Clinton has held on to Virginia, but is still battling it out in Pennsylvania (less than one per cent between them right now). But if Clinton doesn't hold Michigan and Wisconsin, she won't be president. And she's currently behind in both.
  • 04:59

  • 05:05

    Here's Politico's analysis of how Donald Trump got it right and everyone else got it wrong:


    Regardless of how many electoral votes Donald Trump gets, he won a stunning victory on Tuesday night. He'd said that he would do better than the polls showed, that white voters would rush to the polls to cast their votes for him, that there was an undercurrent to the 2016 election that the wonks were missing. He went further than that, certainly, undercutting his own arguments by lacing them with conspiracy theories (pollsters were intentionally underplaying his support) and obvious falsehoods (that he'd do well because nonwhite voters would heavily support him, too). At least one Trump staffer says that this was to some extent bravado, not reflected in their polls.

    It's clear now that Trump's view of how the election would shake out was right, at least in the broad strokes.

    Read the full article here.

  • 05:08

  • 05:10
    More bad news for Clinton as Trump edges ahead in Pennsylvania.
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  • 05:25

    Electoral data guru Nate Silver reflects on the polls and the result:

    "In terms of how the polls did tonight: Well, the obvious answer is “terrible,” but it’s actually a bit more complicated than that. Clinton could easily win the popular vote by 1 to 2 percentage points, well within a reasonable range of error for national polls, which had her up by 3 to 4 points on average. And there likely will be a few coastal and southwestern states where she matches or even beats her polls: She’s only down by single digits in Texas based on votes counted so far. But pollsters are clearly having trouble capturing public opinion in the Midwest as voters there increasingly diverge from those on the coasts."

  • 05:30

  • 05:35
    CNN projects Clinton wins Nevada.
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  • 06:00

    Some officials in Donald Trump's campaign are just as surprised as the rest of the country about the election results.

    A senior campaign source told The Hill earlier Tuesday night that exit polls showed Trump losing to Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton by a fairly significant electoral vote margin.

  • 06:04

  • 06:10
    At this stage, the analysts see no way back for Clinton in Pennsylvania or  Wisconsin. It can only be a matter of a few minutes before the presidential election is called for Trump by the big networks.
  • 06:16

  • 06:20
    CNN says Donald Trump had two speeches ready. The victory speech he will now be delivering will be "gracious and will reach out to those who didn't vote for him".
  • 06:29
    I'm handing over now to my colleague Dan Griffin, who'll be continuing with further updates through the rest of the morning. Thanks for reading.
  • 06:38
    Thanks Hugh. Well, as with the Brexit vote in June, many Irish people will have gone to bed last night expecting one result only to wake up to an enormous surprise. At this point it looks likely that Donald Trump will be the 45th president of the United States with Hillary Clinton now facing an extremely difficult route to victory. So, what will it mean? Well, for Paul Krugman, in the NYT, "we are very probably looking at a global recession, with no end in sight".
  • 06:44
    Alaska goes to Trump with its three college votes. And with 97 per cent of the votes in, Trump appears to have secured Pennsylvania and its 20 votes, leaving him just six votes short of the presidency.
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  • 06:53
    Trump looks set to win? How will the world react? We’ll find out soon. At home, one wonders what sort of relationship Ireland can now expect with the States. You’ll remember in May, Taoiseach Enda Kenny described comments by Trump as “racist and dangerous” and said Americans had an alternative to vote for.
  • 06:57
    CNN now reporting that Clinton campaign chair John Podesta is on his way to the campaign election night party without the Democratic candidate.
  • 06:59
  • 07:05
    Podesta tells Clinton supporters to head home and get some sleep, assuring them that the election is not yet over and that Clinton will speak tomorrow. He cuts an optimistic figure on the podium at Clinton HQ telling supporter he is proud of them and that they are proud of Clinton. “We can wait a little longer, can’t we? They’re still coming and every vote counts.”
  • 07:10
    In Dublin, Meggie Morris was in the Arlington Hotel for the Irish Times at the Democrats in Ireland party which had been billed as the  “Gathering to watch the Election of the 1st Female President of the USA”.
  • 07:16

    Four years ago Donald Trump was fulminating on Twitter over the result of the 2012 US presidential election, upbraiding Barack Obama and urging his followers to March on Washington. How many would have predicted then that four years later he would be elected the next US president?

  • 07:19
    Campaign chairman John Podesta speaks on stage at Democratic presidential nominee former secretary of state Hillary Clinton's election night event at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. Photograph: Getty
    Campaign chairman John Podesta speaks on stage at Democratic presidential nominee former secretary of state Hillary Clinton's election night event at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. Photograph: Getty
  • 07:20
    Donald Trump has arrived at his election headquarters in New York, so there could be a statement from him soon.
  • 07:31
    And now to Paris, and the French reaction to a probable Trump victory, where foreign minister Jean-Marc Ayrault says the US will have to clarify issues such as Syria, Iran's nuclear deal and climate change, adding that Trump's personality raises "questions".
  • 07:31
    Now CNN has called Wisconsin for Trump, which would give him 10 more votes and enough to carry him over the line for the presidency.
  • 07:36
  • 07:40
    CNN: Hillary Clinton has called Donald Trump to concede the election.
  • 07:45
    Donald Trump expected on stage at the New York Hilton hotel shortly to address suporters. Clinton, of course, will not be speaking tonight (US time).
  • 07:46
    Mike Pence: "This is a historic night. The American people have spoken and they have elected their new champion."
  • 07:48

    Pence, the next vice president, tells the chanting crowd how grateful he is to God, his family and the American people. "I am mostly grateful to our president elect whose leadership and vision will make America great again."

    And here comes Trump...

  • 07:55


    I have just received a call from Secretary Clinton. She congratulated us—it’s about us—on our victory and I congratulated her and her family on a very, very hard fought campaign. She fought very hard.

    Hillary has worked very long and very hard over a long period of time and we owe her a major debt of gratitude for her service to our country.

    To all Republicans and Democrats and Independentsacross this nation I say it is time for us to come together as one united people. It’s time.

    I pledge to every citizen of our land that I will be president for all Americans and this is so important to me.

    For those who have chosen not to support me in the past… I am reaching out to you for your guidance and your help so we can work together and unify our great country.

    Ours was not a campaign but rather an incredible and great movement made of millions of hard working men and women who love their country and want a better and brighter future for themselves and their families.

  • 07:58
    He goes on to he will start with the urgent task of "rebuilding our natin and renewing the American dear". He says his business experience has given him the ability to spot "tremendous potential" in people. He says he will improve the lot of veterans and pledges to work with foreign countries. "It's going to be a beautiful thing," he promises (or maybe warns?).
  • 08:01
    Trump thanks his family and supporters, singling out a number of his political supporters, first and foremost former New York mayor Rudi Giuliani and then governor of New Jersey Chris Christie (who you have to say really backed the right horse on this one).
  • 08:03
  • 08:05
    Trump: "Our work on ths movement is only just beginning... Hopefully you'll be so proud of your president, you'll be so proud... I love this country. Thank you."
  • 08:17
  • 08:19
    First Brexit. Then this. Lighting has just struck twice for the Irish economy. The Trump victory means a whole new set of uncertainties and risks for the economic outlook, writes Cliff Taylor.
  • 08:22
    "Take down the Stars and Stripes," writes Fintan O'Toole. "And raise in its stead the new flag of the  United States: an all-white banner with, at its centre, a big fist with the middle finger raised."
  • 08:39
    The only reaction out of this island so far comes from the DUP's Ian Paisley Jr, who told BBC Radio Ulster “This has been a revolutionary year. Thirty years from now historians will look back at what happened in the UK and the US and say it was a significant revolution”.
  • 08:44
    PA writes:  Theresa May has said she will speak to the new leader of the US as soon as possible after the election result is known in an effort to maintain the strong transatlantic link. But experts have warned that the UK should not expect any favours from Mr Trump, who has campaigned on a promise to “Make America Great Again” and criticised free trade deals signed by the US.
  • 08:50
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  • 08:56
    Incidentally, at 70, Donald Trump becomes the oldest person to be elected president in the United States. It was previously Ronald Reagan.
  • 08:58
    Patrick Freyne has been watching the latest season of 'America' unfold on TV. Here is his report on the unthinkable as it happened on TV.
  • 09:03
    Russia: President Vladimir Putin sent Trump a telegram of congratulation on winning the presidential election. In a brief statement, the Kremlin said Mr Putin expressed “his hope to work together for removing Russian-American relations from their crisis state”. Mr Putin also said he had confidence in “building a constructive dialogue between Moscow and Washington that is based on principles of equality, mutual respect and a real accounting of each other’s positions, in the interests of our peoples and the world community".
  • 09:04
    Chinese state media outlets cast the US election as the embodiment of America’s democracy in crisis, in contrast to China’s perceived stability under authoritarian rule. The state-run Xinhua News Agency said the campaign had highlighted that “the majority of Americans are rebelling against the US’s political class and financial elites”.
  • 09:06
    Germany: Defence minister Ursula von der Leyen called the vote “a big shock” and “a vote against Washington, against the establishment”. She said that while many questions remain open, “we Europeans obviously know that as partners in the Nato, Donald Trump will naturally ask, ‘what are you achieving for the alliance’, but we will also ask, ‘what’s your stand toward the alliance'."
  • 09:07
    Netherlands:  Populist Dutch anti-Islam legislator Geert Wilders tweeted his congratulations to Mr Trump. Mr Wilders, whose Freedom Party is riding high in opinion polls ahead of Dutch elections in March, called Mr Trump’s win: “A historic victory! A revolution.” Looking ahead to the Dutch vote, he finished his tweet: “We also will give our country back to the people of the Netherlands.”
  • 09:08
    Japan: Chief cabinet secretary Yoshihide Suga reaffirmed his government’s commitment to the US security alliance. He said the alliance will remain the cornerstone of Japan-US diplomacy.
  • 09:10
    Australia:  Foreign minister Julie Bishop said the new administration will face a number of challenges, including in Asia-Pacific. “The United States is also the guarantor and defender of the rules-based international order that has underpinned so much of our economic and security issues. And interests.”
  • 09:15
  • 09:22

    European Council president Donald Tusk and European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker have congratulated Trump in a letter. They write:

    We extend our sincere congratulations on your election as the 45th President of the United States of America.

    The strategic partnership between the European Union and the United States is rooted in our shared values of freedom, human rights, democracy and a belief in the market economy. Over the years, the European Union and the United States have worked together to ensure peace and prosperity for our citizens and for people around the world.

    Today, it is more important than ever to strengthen transatlantic relations. Only by cooperating closely can the EU and the US continue to make a difference when dealing with unprecedented challenges such as Da'esh, the threats to Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity, climate change and migration.

    Fortunately, the EU - US strategic partnership is broad and deep: from our joint efforts to enhance energy security and address climate change, through EU - US collaboration on facing threats to security in Europe's Eastern and Southern neighbourhoods, and to the negotiations on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership - we should spare no effort to ensure that the ties that bind us remain strong and durable.

    We should consolidate the bridges we have been building across the Atlantic. Europeans trust that America, whose democratic ideals have always been a beacon of hope around the globe, will continue to invest in its partnerships with friends and allies, to help make our citizens and the people of the world more secure and more prosperous.

    We would take this opportunity to invite you to visit Europe for an EU - US Summit at your earliest convenience. This conversation would allow for us to chart the course of our relations for the next four years.

  • 09:28
  • 09:37
    British prime minister Theresa May has congratulated Donald Trump and said Britain and the US “will remain strong and close partners”.
  • 09:54
  • 10:03
    Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said “democracy always brings its own outcomes”. He told TV3 that he would contact Donald Trump later this morning to offer his congratulations and will also extend his gratitude to Hillary Clinton for her work in Ireland.
  • 10:16
    Donald Trump’s surprise election victory may negatively impact the flow of foreign investment into  Ireland, a senior Irish analyst has warned.
  • 10:32
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  • 10:39

    Enda Kenny's statement in full, responding to the election of Donald Trump:

    On behalf of the Government and the people of Ireland, I am pleased to offer our sincere congratulations to Donald J. Trump on his election as the 45th President of the United States.

    Ireland and the United States have enjoyed a very close and warm relationship for many generations and I am confident that under his leadership our bilateral relations will continue to prosper.

    Also, we think today of Hillary Clinton, a friend to Ireland who fought such a tough campaign.

    We are all acutely conscious of the particular responsibility of the United States for leadership and engagement across the globe in our endeavours to address shared challenges. I look forward to working with the new administration in the time ahead in the cause of international peace and security.

    I also intend to work closely with the new administration and newly elected United States congress to pursue comprehensive immigration reform, an issue that is so important to tens of thousands of Irish people who are making a major contribution to America.

    I also want to congratulate the president-elect’s running mate, Mr. Mike Pence, on his election as vice-president.

    The vice president-elect is a proud Irish American who spent many summers in Ireland as a child.

    The Government looks forward to working closely with our new colleagues in the White House. In the meantime, the Government will continue to engage actively and constructively with the administration of president Obama, until he completes his term on January 20th.

  • 10:42
    "I'd be very surprised and disappointed if [the Irish St Patrick's Day visits do not continue to take place]," says Gerry Adams on RTÉ radio.
  • 11:00

    Also speaking on RTÉ radio, former taoiseach Bertie Ahern says he feels sorry for Hillary Clinton. He says she was not liked in the US and that Trump appeared to capture the mood of people in a lot of ways. He says that the Democrats ran a good campaign and that he doesn’t think Trump ever expected himself to win. “Now he has to get a team around him and it will be interesting to see what that team is,” he says, adding that Trump will need to deal skilfully with both houses of congress, controlled by a divided Republican party, if he expects to achieve anything.  

  • 11:03
    Ahern goes on to say that Ireland need to have “a bit of a love in” with Trump’s people very quickly because we don’t seem to have any connection with his team. Ahern says he would be concerned for the undocumented Irish in the US. He says Trump’s election also raises concerns over Brexit, the EU Apple tax ruling and the president-elect’s views on multi-national companies locating to Ireland.
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  • 11:35

    So it was indeed a Brexit moment, when the people voted for uncertainty against most predictions and Donald  Trump  was elected as US president. And as in the UK election in 2015, the Brexit referendum and our own election earlier this year the polls got it wrong again.


  • 11:45
    The president elect's first tweet:
  • 11:53

    President Michael D Higgins has said he would convey his “best wishes to the American people” on the election of Donald Trump on as US president, and outlined a wait-and-see stance on how Trump’s policies emerged in coming weeks, Clifford Coonan reports.

    “I don’t think it would be appropriate for me to comment on statements made during what was a particularly not-very-policy-oriented campaign in some respects but of course as President of Ireland I would be conveying the best wishes to the American people for the new president and the period of presidency.”

  • 12:03

    "Trump is not the role model I want for my sons."

    "As an immigration attorney, I am worried for my clients."

    "I am more hopeful about the future of the United States than I have ever been."

    We asked the Irish in America how they felt about the election of Donald Trump. Here is what they said...

  • 12:23

    Barack Obama and president-elect Donald  Trump have had "a very warm conversation,"  Trump's campaign manager Kellyanne Conway has said. "He was congratulated, and I think they resolved to work together," Conway told NBC.

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  • 12:59

    Asked if Donald Trump was fit to be president of the US and someone she could work with, British prime minister Theresa May said this morning: “Yes, I look forward to working with president-elect Trump. The American people have elected him as the next President of the United States. I look forward to building on the special relationship of our two countries.”  

  • 13:00
    I'm going to hand over to my colleague Sorcha Pollak now who will cover all the reaction as morning breaks in America. If you'd like to get in touch tweet her  @SorchaPollak  
  • 13:00
  • 13:10

    Reuters is also reporting that Hillary Clinton's campaign says she is planning to deliver remarks to staff and supporters at 9.30am EST (2.30pm Irish time) on Wednesday at a hotel in Manhattan after her loss to Republican Donald Trump.  

  • 13:17

    As the world adjusts to the news of Donald Trump’s win, here in Ireland we must begin asking how this new presidency will affect our small island.

    What does it mean for the undocumented Irish?

    How will it affect corporate tax rates?

    Fiach Kelly has examined a sample of how Mr Trump’s policies may impact on Ireland  when he assumes the presidency from January.

  • 13:27

    If you’re feeling up to it, here’s a re-cap from Ruadhán Mac Cormaic of the key moments from last night as Donald Trump’s victory unfolded.

    The first exit poll was released at 7pm. By 10.25 Ohio and North Carolina had gone red. At 2.50pm Hillary Clinton called Mr Trump to congratulate him on his victory. “The unthinkable has happened,” said a Fox news anchor as Trump was declared winner.

  • 13:40
  • 13:48

    Several Government Ministers have expressed surprise at the result of the US presidential election, reports Sarah Bardon.

    While Minister for Housing Simon Coveney admitted the US presidential election was the most divisive the country has ever endured, he insisted Ireland had nothing to fear from Donald Trump.

    “There is a difference sometimes between the nature of the campaign and how fractious they can become and the responsibility on a president once he or she is elected to run a country and develop and negotiate relationships with other countries,” he said.

    Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar said the Government was determined to work with the president-elect to ensure our relationship endures.

    “The American people voted and voted in big numbers and they have elected Donald Trump as president. We accept that and respect that.”

    Minister for Transport Shane Ross said the Government “may not personally like” the outcome of the election, but it had to accept the view of the American people.

    “A democratically elected politician is a democratically elected politician. That has to be recognised by other democratically elected governments.”

  • 13:58
  • 14:05

    Until about a year ago, the town of Sevnica with fewer than 5,000 people and nestled in the foothills of the Alps, was scarcely known in Slovenia, let alone abroad. But now, Sevnica is clearly looking forward to a financial spin-off from being the hometown of the future US frst lady Melania Trump.

  • 14:10

    In case you missed it,  Hugh Linehan spoke to Simon Carswell and Ruadhan Mac Cormaic this morning, who are in New York at the Trump and Clinton HQs, about how  Trump pulled off one of the greatest upsets in political history by beating Hillary Clinton to the White House.

  • 14:12

    #Calexit is now trending on Twitter


  • 14:42

    Donald Trump’s win will inspire right-wing populists across the world, writes Denis Staunton in London.

    “If Brexit was the foreshock, this is the earthquake – a political upset of a different magnitude, with the capacity to reshape the entire global order. Before Donald Trump’s election, Brexit was the high water mark of a populist revolt which has been gathering pace across the western world and beyond.

    “Just as Brexit offered hope to Trump, his victory will encourage Marine Le Pen in France, Geert Wilders in the Netherlands and their counterparts elsewhere in Europe. Trump’s triumph will bolster Hungary’s Viktor Orban and Poland’s Law and Justice Party and will delight Russia’s Vladamir Putin, whose intelligence agencies may have worked to promote it.”

  • 14:48

    Judging on the twitter response to this tweet, the general Irish populace is not so welcoming of Trump's win...  

  • 14:50
  • 14:59

    Muslims around the world express dismay at Trump’s election

    Many Muslims around the world expressed dismay on Wednesday at Donald Trump's election, saying they feared it might raise tensions between the West and Islam and contribute to radicalisation.

    While Egypt's president made an early congratulatory call to Mr Trump, ordinary Muslims were worried that his victory would be a propaganda gift to jihadist groups. Others were apprehensive that the president-elect would implement campaign pledges to clamp down on Muslims entering the United States.

    "Trump has espoused highly inflammatory rhetoric against Muslims. Voters there will expect him to fulfil his promises. That makes me worry about the impact on Muslims in the U.S. and in the rest of the world," said Yenny Wahid, a prominent mainstream Muslim figure in Indonesia, according to Reuters.

    Muslims who live as members of a religious minority in Western countries and have previously expressed fear at what they see as increasingly negative portrayals of their faith, also voiced worry at Trump's election.

    "It is hugely worrying that a man who has called for discrimination against Muslims and other minorities has become the leader of a superpower nation," said Harun Khan, secretary general of the Muslim Council of Great Britain, in a statement.

  • 15:12

    Are you struggling to explain Donald Trump’s win to your children after weeks and months of talking about the bully in the race for the White House?

    The Pool has put together a few tips to explain to your little ones the results of the 2016 US presidential election.


    1. Reassure them. There is not going to be an imminent nuclear war. Donald Trump is not a tyrant who gets to do what he wants; he may have some pretty bad ideas and ways of thinking, but there are a lot of people around him who have to agree with a lot of what he wants to do before he gets to do it.
    2. Find out what your kids know already, or at least what they think they know. Disinformation travels fast these days; internet memes find their way into your children’s spheres pretty quickly. It might be worth taking a few minutes to explain just how Donald Trump got into the White House, how democracy works, and how tight the actual race to the presidency was.
    3. Explain why you’re angry or upset. You are not a robot. You are a human being, and human beings get furious and fearful. It’s important for your children to see you displaying emotions, because that helps them to empathise. They also see that you can be angry or scared about something, but then move forward.
    4. If they ask you what they should do about the result, it might be tempting to answer “nothing”, but that would be missing an opportunity. We can explain to them that situations don’t last forever. Explain to your kids, it’s down to you guys. It won’t be very long before you’re the ones deciding who runs countries. And in the meantime, just go out there and be as nice and as kind and as fair as you possibly can to everyone, no matter who they are or what they do, every single day.


  • 15:15
  • 15:46

    Not since the atrocities of 9/11 had I sat speechless in front of the television, seized by mind-numbing, sleep-defying shock., writes Irish Times Paris Correspondent Lara Marlowe.

    The perpetrators of 9/11 were Muslim extremists bent on destroying the US.  But the artisans of Donald Trump’s election victory were my fellow US citizens, motivated by the illusion that a thuggish, ignorant, racist, vulgar, Islamophobic, woman-groping, tax-evading demagogue billionaire could “make America great again.”

    Those of us who rejoiced in the 2008 and 2012 elections naively believed the US had changed for the better.Obama was far from perfect, but he tried to extricate the US from the “stupid war” in Iraq, created near-universal healthcare, negotiated an agreement on the Iranian nuclear programme and signed up to the climate change agreement. Trump has promised to abrogate all three.

  • 15:53

    Irish people living in the US have continued to send in their reactions to the news of Donald Trump’s win.

    Jenny Foxe in New York says she is “sick to the stomach. I  have been a permanent resident of New York since 2012. I have two male children, and Donald Trump is not the role model I want for them. My 9-year-old is worried his best friend who is Muslim is “going to get kicked out of the country”. I’m so sorry to realise that there are so many people so full of hate in the US to make this happen.

    Fiona McEntee, an immigration attorney in Chicago, says she is “genuinely worried” about her clients. “I’m worried that, as immigrants, they will feel further polarised in this country. Trump has discussed making sweeping changes to the immigration system including getting rid of the J-1 visa programme which will have a big impact on my practice.

    She’s also agonising over how she can explain the win to her daughter.

    “While she is only three, she understood there was a “competition” between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, and she knew where our vote would go. She also saw him mock the disabled on television and she asked me a few times what he was doing. How can I explain to her that that man will be our next president?

    Kevin Izard-Carroll who lives in Buffalo, New York says he is living in fear that his right to marry will be removed.

    “I chose to never become a citizen of the USA because I feared this election. I was right to. My husband and I have already contemplated moving to Ireland as a result. Donald trump does not represent a progressive nation. New York State is an accepting state in relation to same sex marriage, but now I have to live in fear that my right to marry will be removed.

    For more reactions from Irish people in the States, click here.

  • 15:59
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  • 16:11
    Hillary Clinton will give her concession speech in New York in the next few minutes...  
  • 16:14

    Take down the Stars and Stripes and raise in its stead the new flag of the United States: an all-white banner with, at its centre, a big fist with the middle finger raised, writes Fintan O’Toole.

    The US as we have known it, in all its gilt and glory, has become a giant insult: to women and people of colour, to its continental neighbours and its allies, to its traditions of enlightenment and scientific rationality, to a planet threatened by the climate change he denies, above all to its own intelligence.

  • 16:20

    Paul Ryan, speaker of the house, is currently speaking in Wisconsin

    "Donald Trump heard a voice in this country that no one else hear," said Mr Ryan. "He turned politics on its head. And now Donald Trump will lead a unified Republican government .

  • 16:22

    "There is no doubt our democracy can be very messy and we do remain a sharply divided country," said Mr Ryan. "But now we have to work to heal the divisions of a long campaign. I think president elect Donald Trump set the perfect tone last night for doing just this.

    "This needs to be a time of redemption, not of recrimination."

  • 16:27
    “I think our relationship’s fine, I’ve spoken with Donald twice in the last 18 hours," said Paul Ryan. "I think we’re going to hit the ground running... I think what Donald Trump  just pulled off is an enormous political feat... he just earned a mandate. And we now just had a unified Republican government."
  • 16:38

    Tim Kaine, Hillary Clinton's running mate, has congratulated Ms Clinton for winning the popular vote in election 2016.  

    "She was inspired at a young age that if families and children do well, that's the best barometer for if a society does well. We’ve never had a president who’s made their whole career about the empowerment of families and children."

  • 16:39

    "I'm proud of Hillary becuase she loves this country."

    "She knows our country for what it is. She's deeply in love with it and accepts it. She's been in battles before when if it didn't go her way she accpeted it.

    "That love of country is something that is obvious to everyone."

  • 16:40
    Tim Kaine quotes Faulkner. “They kilt us, but they ain’t whupped us yet.”
  • 16:41
    Hillary Clinton takes to the stage....
  • 16:44
    Hillary Clinton: "Last night I congratulated Donald Trump and offered to work with him on behalf of our country. I hope he will be a successful president for all Americans."
  • 16:45

    "This is not the outcome we wanted and worked so hard for. I’m sorry we did not win this election for the values we share and vision we hold for this country. I feel pride and gratitude for this wonderful campaign we built together.

    "You represent the best of America and being your candidate has been one of the greatest honours of my life."

  • 16:46
    "This is painful, and it will be for a long time. But I want you to remember this. Our campaign was never about one person... it was about building an America that is hopeful, inclusive and big-hearted."
  • 16:47

    "Our responsiblity as citizens is to keep doing our part to build that better, stronger, fairer America. I am so grateful to stand with all of you."

  • 16:47
    "To Barack and Michelle Obama, our country owes you an enormous debt of gratitude"
  • 16:48
    "We thank you for your graceful, determined leadership that has meant so much to so many Americans and people across the world," says Clinton, thanking the Obamas.
  • 16:48
    Hillary extends her thanks to Bill, Chelsea and her family for their support and love.  
  • 16:50

    Hillary Clinton says all Americans owe Donald Trump an “open mind” and “a chance to lead”

  • 16:51

    Message to young people – "many of you are at the beginning of your careers. You will have success and setbacks too. These losses hurt but please never stop believing that fighting for what’s right is worth it."

  • 16:52
    "To all the women and especially the young women who put their faith in this campaign and in me. I want you to know that nothing has made me prouder than to be your champion."  
  • 16:53

    "To all the little girls, never doubt that you are valuable and powerful and deserving of every chance and opportunity in the world to pursue and achieve your own dreams."

  • 16:53
    "Our best days are still ahead of us"
  • 16:54
    "There are more seasons to come and there is more work to do. I am incredibly honoured and grateful to have this chance to represent all of you in this consequential election. "
  • 16:59
    Hillary Clinton thanks the crowd, embraces her family and has begun speaking to people present in the crowd at the hotel in New York.  
  • 17:13

    What does a Donald Trump presidency mean for Ireland? asks Pat Leahy.

    “The world woke up Wednesday a darker, scarier, more menacing place. Ireland, more exposed to the squalls of the international economy than anywhere and more connected to the US through bonds of commerce, sentiment and blood, now faces the second dramatic transformation of one of its closest allies in a few months.

    First Brexit. Now Trump. The world is changing fast in ways we will almost certainly regret.

    There is no good side to this. Irish people didn’t like President Bush. They should fear President Trump.

  • 17:24
    President Barack Obama current speaking following last night's results...
  • 17:25

    "I had a chance to talk to president elect Donald Trump last to congratulate him on winning the election and invited him to come to white house tomorrow to talk."

  • 17:25

    "It’s no secret the president elect and I have some pretty significant differences.

    "I have instructed my team to follow the example Bush’s team led 8 years ago and work as hard as we can for a successful transition."

  • 17:26

    "We are rooting for success in uniting the country."

    "The peaceful transition of power is one of the hallmarks of our democracy."

  • 17:26

    "I could not be prouder of Hillary Clinton. A lot of Americans look up to her. Her candidacy was historic and sends a message to our daughters that they can achieve at the highest levels of politics."

  • 17:27

    "We are not Democrats first or Republicans first, we are Americans first. We all want what’s best for this country."

  • 17:28

    "To the young people who got into politics for the first time and may be disappointed by the results, I want you to know, you have to stay encouraged. Don’t get cynical. Don’t ever think you can’t make a difference."

    "As Secretary Clinton said, fighting for what is right is worth it."

  • 17:31

    "I’ve said before, I think of this job as being a relay runner. You take the baton, you run your best race, and hopefully by the time you hand it off you’ve made a little progress. I can say we’ve done that and I want to make sure that handoff is well executed because ultimately we’re all on the same team."

  • 17:32
    According to CNN stats, Hillary Clinton has won the popular vote with 48%
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    "The fact that many white women voted for Trump shows how embedded misogyny is in western society," writes Una Mullally.

    "They chose a man who ridiculed and insulted women, faced multiple allegations of sexual assault, and whose campaign was thrown into disarray following a recording of him bragging about groping women’s genitals and speaking about women as “it” in disgusting and vile terms."

  • 18:01

    The Irish Times view on the US presidential election: They have voted for a man who is the most unprepared president-elect in modern history.  

    It is America's Brexit vote. Trump is its Putin, Orban, Erdogan, Duterte, wrapped into one unique, grotesque, autocratic form, and, yes, also a cry of despair.  

    They have voted for a man who is the most unprepared president-elect in modern history, a racist abuser of women, who has threatened to prosecute and jail political opponents, and has said he would curtail the freedom of the press.

     He lies without compunction. He will cut taxes on the wealthy and gut Obamacare for the poor …. Is this really the America they want?

  • 18:10
  • 18:20

    The international community made it clear in recent months that they did not want to see Donald Trump become the next president of the US. Here are some of the comments from world leaders  who spoke harshly about the US-president elect.

    Francois Hollande

    "His excesses make you want to retch, even in the United States, especially when -- as was Donald Trump's case -- he speaks ill of a soldier, of the memory of a soldier.”

    Pope Francis

    "Anyone, whoever he is, who only wants to build walls and not bridges is not a Christian," Pope Francis told journalists on February 18 on his return from a visit to Mexico.  

    Mexican president Enrique Pena Nieto

    Pena Nieto compared Trump’s harsh remarks against Mexican and Muslim immigrants to the rise of the German and Italian dictators Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini.

    "There have been episodes in the history of humanity, unfortunately, where these expressions, this strident rhetoric, has only really led to ominous scenarios in the history of humanity. That's how Mussolini and Hitler arrived."

    Boris Johnson

    "The only reason I wouldn't go to some parts of New York is the real risk of meeting Donald Trump,"

  • 18:24
  • 18:42

    Marine Le Pen, the leader of France's far-right Front national, has said Donald Trump's victory showed nothing was "set in stone" and the "political and media elite" could be put in its place, reports the Guardian.  

    Ms  Le Pen hailed a "great movement across the world" in which the UK's vote to leave the European Union coupled with Mr Trump's election victory hearalded the dawn of a new world order.  

    Mainstream politicians in Paris immediately began warning that the next political earthquake could be what had always been seen as impossible: Le Pen winning the French presidential election in six months' time.

    Even before Mr Trump’s win was official, Ms Le Pen's chief strategist Florian Philippot had tweeted: "Their world is collapsing, ours is being built."

     Marine Le Pen's estranged father, the former far-right leader, Jean-Marie Le Pen, added: "Today the United States, tomorrow France."  

  • 18:46

    How do we talk to our children about the president-elect Donald Trump? Don’t ask me. No seriously, don’t.

    But if you want to know how NOT to talk to your children the next time a racist, misogynistic, sexual predator is elected to the top office on the planet maybe follow these handy Dos and Don’ts.

    Roisín Ingle on the dos and don’ts for parents to follow when explaining what happened on the ‘day of days’.


    1. Don’t: make assumptions
    2. Do: hide your distress
    3. Do: lie. Just lie and keep on lying
  • 18:49
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  • 18:58

    That's all from the Irish Times liveblog coverage on the 2016 US presidential election.

    We will continue to publish coverage from Simon Carswell and Ruadhán Mac Cormaic reporting from the US as well as reports on the repercussions of a Trump administration on Ireland on  

    It's been a long 24 hours, time to get some sleep!