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(Reuters) -- Oil prices turned downhill on Wednesday as early counting showed Republican Donald Trump was doing better than expected in several crucial battleground states in the U.S. presidential election. With traders glued to their screens, Brent crude futures unusually only started trading shortly before 0100 GMT, but as vote counting advanced, trading activity shot up and prices became highly volatile.
(Reuters) -- The U.S. dollar sank and stock markets slammed into reverse in wild Asian trade on Wednesday as every new exit poll in the U.S. presidential election showed the race to be a nail-biter, sending investors stampeding to safe-haven assets. Sovereign bonds and gold shot higher while the Mexican peso went into near free-fall as investors faced the real possibility of a shock win by Republican Donald Trump.
(CNN) -- Larry Sabato, political scientist and director of University of Virginia's Center for Politics, emails: “Wow, huh? Even if Clinton manages to pull this out, it’s a debacle on the order of Dewey Defeats Truman. And the difference is, there were hardly any polls back in 1948 and we have hundreds of surveys now."
10:00 PM (AP) — Donald Trump has won Montana. The Republican presidential nominee on Tuesday was awarded the state's three electoral votes. The result was not a surprise, as Montana was considered a safely Republican state.
9:40 PM (AP) — Preliminary exit polls show the racial divides that were expected to define the 2016 presidential election. Polls conducted for national media by Edison Research show Republican Donald Trump winning a majority of white voters while Democrat Hillary Clinton is drawing support from about three out of four nonwhite voters. Trump's support is strongest among whites without a college degree. He's winning nearly two-thirds of them. Whites with college degrees are split between Trump and Clinton. Trump is winning both among white men and white women, though his margin is much higher among men. Clinton's strongest support comes from African-Americans. She's winning about nine out of 10 black voters. She's winning about two out of three Hispanics and Asian-Americans.
9:30 PM (AP) — Republican Donald Trump is maintaining Republicans' advantage among white voters nationwide, but perhaps not by the usual margin that the party's nominees have enjoyed. Preliminary exit polls of voters who have already cast presidential ballots show Trump winning a majority of whites. He has not quite reached the roughly six-out-of-10 share that Mitt Romney notched four years ago in his unsuccessful challenge of President Barack Obama. The difference appears to come among white women. Trump is posting about the same, if not a slightly wider margin among white men as Romney did in 2012. But his lead over Clinton among white women appears to be in single digits, short of Romney's double-digit advantage four years ago.
9:28 PM (AP) — Donald Trump has won Louisiana and its eight electoral votes. That extends his Electoral College total in Tuesday's elections to 137, compared with Hillary Clinton's 104. History was on Donald Trump's side in the state. Louisiana hasn't given its electoral votes to a Democrat since Bill Clinton won 52 percent of the vote two decades ago.
9:26 PM (AP) — Hillary Clinton has won Connecticut. The Democratic nominee on Tuesday was awarded Connecticut's seven electoral votes. The result was not a surprise, as Connecticut was considered a safely Democratic state. Clinton now has 104 electoral votes. Her Republican opponent Donald Trump has 129.
9:08 PM (AP) — Republican Donald Trump has won Arkansas and its six electoral votes. That brings his electoral vote total in Tuesday's election to 129. Democrat Hillary Clinton has 97. It takes 270 votes to win the presidency. The result was expected. Earlier polling showed Trump leading Clinton by double digits in the state where she served as first lady for 12 years while her husband was the governor. The once reliably blue state has turned red in recent years. Republicans now control all of Arkansas' statewide and federal offices, as well as a majority of seats in both chambers of the state legislature. Arkansas has backed the Republican candidate for the White House in every election since 1980 — except for years when Bill Clinton was running for president.
CNN projects Hillary Clinton will carry Connecticut. Donald Trump will win Louisiana.
CNN projects Donald will carry Texas and Arkansas.
8:27 PM (AP) — Donald Trump has won Alabama and its nine electoral votes after Sen. Jeff Sessions endorsed the billionaire candidate. That brings Trump's total in the Electoral College to 60 votes, to Clinton's 44 votes. It takes 270 votes to win the presidency. The results continue the state's streak of voting for Republicans every presidential election since 1980.
8:09 PM (AP) — Donald Trump has won South Carolina. The Republican nominee was awarded the state's nine electoral votes, giving him 40 for the night. The result was expected as the state has long been a Republican stronghold.
(CNN) -- Hillary Clinton will win Delaware, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Rhode Island and the District of Columbia, CNN projects based on exit polls, while Donald Trump will win Oklahoma, Mississippi and Tennessee.
(Washington Post) -- Embroiled in a difficult reelection campaign, first-term Republican Sen. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania refused for months to say whether he would support his party’s presidential nominee. His opponent, Democrat Katie McGinty, publicly pushed him to take a stand, but Toomey stayed mum. Until now. Waiting until about an hour before polls closed, Toomey voted and then revealed that he had backed Donald Trump for president after all, according to The Morning Call.
7:35 PM (AP) — The North Carolina Board of Elections has agreed to extend voting in eight precincts in Durham County, where Democrats have a 4-to-1 registration advantage over Republicans. The state board voted 3-2 Tuesday night to extend voting by an hour in two precincts most affected by a computer glitch. The problem forced poll workers to check for registered voters on paper printouts, causing long lines at some locations. The board says six more precincts can stay open for a shorter time. The NAACP's North Carolina chapter had asked for the eight precincts to stay open for 90 extra minutes. Hillary Clinton's campaign also supported keeping the polls open later in Durham.
(CNN) -- More than half of the nation's voters would feel concerned or scared if either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump are elected, according to early exit polls. Some 58% of the electorate said they would feel this way if Trump wins, while 53% would be concerned or scared if Clinton comes out on top.
7:30 PM (AP) — Republican Donald Trump has won West Virginia and its five electoral votes. The Mountain State was one of the billionaire's biggest supporters in the Republican primary. He is popular for promising to bring back coal jobs. Hillary Clinton had largely been largely shunned for making comments perceived as an affront to the industry. The dynamic has resulted in one of the few states where Republicans didn't shy from the brash businessman and instead looked to ride his coattails. Many Democrats for congressional and other races scrambled to distance themselves from Clinton and refused to endorse her.
(Reuters) -- Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton scored early victories on Tuesday in their bitter presidential race, with Trump winning as expected in conservative Kentucky and Indiana while Clinton captured Vermont. The early victories for both candidates in the three states were long predicted but not especially significant in a national race where opinion polls show Clinton has an edge. Polls also closed in the battleground states of Virginia and Georgia although there were no immediate results. Voting was due to end in the vital battleground states of North Carolina and Ohio in 30 minutes. Clinton led Trump, 44 percent to 39 percent, in the last Reuters/Ipsos national tracking poll before Election Day. A Reuters/Ipsos States of the Nation poll gave her a 90 percent chance of defeating Trump and becoming the first woman elected U.S. president.
7:10 PM Vast divides of race, gender and education are keeping the presidential race in two tightly fought southern states close shortly after polls close. In both Virginia and Georgia, about 9 in 10 black voters and two-thirds of Hispanics backed Clinton, while most whites backed Trump. That's according to exit polls conducted by Edison Research for national media outlets. In Georgia, large majorities of whites with and without college degrees backed Trump. In Virginia those two groups diverged. Whites without a college degree backed Trump by a large margin, while those with a degree split their votes between the two major-party candidates. Women in both states were far more likely than men to back Clinton. Majorities of women in both states said Trump's treatment of women bothers them a lot.
7:00 PM (AP) — Republican Donald Trump has won Kentucky and Indiana while Democrat Hillary Clinton has won Vermont. Trump was awarded Kentucky's eight electoral votes and Indiana's 11. Vermont gives Clinton three. These are the first states to be decided Tuesday in the 2016 general election. The wins were expected.
(CNN) -- Contrary to what Rush Limbaugh claims, George W. Bush and Laura Bush did not vote for either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump, a spokesperson for the former president said Tuesday. Instead, the Bushes left that section blank and only voted for Republican candidates in down ballot races. Limbaugh, the most popular conservative talk radio show host in the country, had led his listeners to believe that the Bushes had cast their vote for Clinton -- a claim Bush's spokesperson rebutted Tuesday evening. "Rush is wrong and should apologize," Freddy Ford, the spokesman for the former president, told CNN.
6:00 PM (AP) — More than half of Americans who went to the polls earlier Tuesday say Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton has the temperament to serve as president. About a third of voters say the same about Republican nominee Donald Trump. But neither candidate can claim a mandate as the honest candidate according to the preliminary results of exit polling conducted by Edison Research for The Associated Press and television networks. About six out of 10 voters say they don't view Clinton as honest. About the same proportion say Trump isn't honest. About three out of 10 voters say they believe neither candidate is honest. As for what percentage of voters think both nominees are honest, that number is in single digits.
5:35 PM (AP) — A spokesman says former President George W. Bush did not vote for Republican Donald Trump or Democrat Hillary Clinton. Freddy Ford says the most recent Republican president voted "none of the above for president and Republican down-ballot." That means Bush voted for Republicans in congressional and local races. It's not a complete surprise. The Bush family includes the two most recent Republican presidents but neither endorsed nor campaigned for the billionaire businessman who captured the party's nomination. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush was a one-time favorite to win the GOP presidential nomination until Trump got into the race and branded him with a name that stuck: "Low energy."
5:30 PM (AP) — Preliminary presidential exit polls results suggest that a clear majority of Americans going to the polls Tuesday have at least a moderate amount of confidence that votes will be counted accurately. About half of those polled for The Associated Press and television networks told Edison Research they are very confident in the results. Another third said they are somewhat confident. Fewer than one out of five say they're not very confident or at all confident in the vote count. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has railed against the electoral system. He's called it rigged and suggested without evidence there is widespread voter fraud that could affect the outcome.
5:25 PM (AP) — Just more than half of voters going to the polls Tuesday approve of the job President Barack Obama is doing. But a majority is still upset with the way the federal government is working. That's according to preliminary results of the exit poll conducted for The Associated Press and television networks by Edison Research. Just under half of those surveyed say they're dissatisfied with the government's performance. About a quarter say they're angry. About four out of 10 voters said the top quality they're looking for in a candidate is change. That outranks good judgment, the right experience and caring about people like you as the preferred qualities in a president.
5:22 PM (AP) — Arizona's most populous county may not know its vote totals today, which could leave in doubt the presidential race in the traditionally Republican-voting state. Maricopa County, which includes Phoenix, expects to have more than 350,000 uncounted early ballots by the time the polls close. Roughly 1.1 million voters in the metropolitan county had returned early votes as of Tuesday, up 140,000 from 2012. Election workers had counted roughly 800,000, leaving more than 200,000 to count. Roughly 150,000 are expected to have been dropped off at polling sites around the county. Elizabeth Bartholomew, communication manager for Maricopa County Recorder's office, says, "If there's a large enough gap in votes, you might not be able to call some races." Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton were running neck-and-neck in Arizona, carried by Republicans in all but one election since 1952.
5:20 PM (AP) — Neither Donald Trump nor Hillary Clinton is able to claim favorable standing with a majority of the U.S. electorate. Six of 10 voters say they are somewhat bothered or bothered a lot by Clinton's use of a private email server while secretary of state, according to preliminary results from exit polling conducted by Edison Research for The Associated Press and television networks. More than seven out of 10 presidential voters say they are irked by Trump's treatment of women. Trump hammered Clinton for how she handled classified information at the State Department. The FBI twice said it had no cause to pursue criminal charges. Clinton blistered Trump after disclosure of a 2005 video that captured Trump discussing sexually predatory behavior toward women.
5:10 PM (AP) — Fewer than half of voters who cast presidential ballots say they made their choice out of a strong preference for their candidate. That's according to preliminary results of the exit poll conducted for The Associated Press and television networks by Edison Research. The early exit polls found both Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton are viewed unfavorably by a majority of the presidential electorate. A majority of the electorate also distrusts each of them. A third of voters said they have reservations about the candidate they backed. A quarter of voters say their vote was mostly about opposing another candidate. In 2012, the presidential electorate was more optimistic about their choices. That year, about two out of three voters said they strongly backed their candidate.
5:05 PM (AP) — Seven in 10 Americans going to the polls Tuesday say they think immigrants now in the country illegally should be allowed to stay. Just a quarter say they should be deported. More than half say they oppose building a wall along the Mexican border to stop illegal immigration, according to preliminary results from the exit poll conducted for The Associated Press and television networks by Edison Research. But immigration isn't necessarily at the top of the minds of most voters. Just 1 in 10 say immigration is the most important issue facing the country. Republican Donald Trump made cracking down on immigration a top item on his agenda.
5:00 PM (AP) — Most voters going to the polls Tuesday have a pessimistic view of the U.S. economy. According to preliminary results of an exit poll conducted by the Associated Press and television networks by Edison Research, about 6 in 10 describe the state of the economy as not so good or poor. But that economic unhappiness isn't as high as it was in 2012, when three-quarters called the economy not so good or poor. Among voters today, 3 in 10 say their personal financial situation has gotten better in the last four years, while nearly as many say it's gotten worse. More than half of voters say the economy is the most important issue facing the country, over terrorism, foreign policy and immigration.
(Fox News) -- We jumped the shark on this campaign a long time ago. First, there was the hostile takeover of the Republican Party by a candidate with no qualifications to be president, given to shaming women about their looks, insulting Mexicans, and even demeaning a former prisoner of war, himself a former GOP presidential nominee, for getting captured. Then the American press played stupid. They equated one candidate’s reckless use of a private email server with the other candidate’s litany of disrepute — his reported failure to pay taxes; his insults of a Gold Star family; charges that he regularly groped women; as well as federal charges of racial bias against black people trying to rent apartments. Oh, and don’t forget charges of fraud at Trump University and the stories — never convincingly rebutted — of his corrupt use of money intended for charity. Along this twisted road to elect a president, U.S. intelligence agencies concluded that Russia is trying to influence the election by attacking one candidate. And when — days before the election — the FBI director took a shot at the same candidate, the 2016 campaign totally went off the rails. By that, I mean it went past all bounds of my prior experience with hardball political campaigns over the last 40 years.
(Reuters) -- Americans who had cast their votes for the next president early on Tuesday appeared to be worried about the direction of the country, and were looking for a "strong leader who can take the country back from the rich and powerful," according to an early reading from the Reuters/Ipsos national Election Day poll. The poll of more than 10,000 people who have already cast their ballots in the presidential election showed a majority of voters are worried about their ability to get ahead and have little confidence in political parties or the media to improve their situation. A majority also feel that the economy is rigged to mostly help the wealthy.
(Reuters) -- With hours to go before Americans vote, Democrat Hillary Clinton has about a 90 percent chance of defeating Republican Donald Trump in the race for the White House, according to the final Reuters/Ipsos States of the Nation project. Her chances are roughly similar to last week's odds, and any upset by Trump on Tuesday depends on an unlikely combination of turnouts of white, black and Hispanic voters in six or seven states, according to the survey released on Monday. The former secretary of state was leading Trump by about 45 percent to 42 percent in the popular vote, and was on track to win 303 votes in the Electoral College to Trump’s 235, clearing the 270 needed for victory, the survey found.
4:00 PM A software glitch that indicated scores of voters showing up at the polls had already cast ballots has led to voting delays in one of North Carolina's most heavily Democratic counties. North Carolina Board of Elections lawyer Josh Lawson says officials in Durham County quickly concluded that there was a problem with their electronic poll books and began relying on paper rolls to confirm voter registrations. Attempts to vote twice are rare. Lawson says there's no indication "nefarious activity" caused the computer problems. Rather, he said it could have been a failure to clear out caches of votes cast during the primaries. About two dozen other counties using the same software have not reported problems. Lawson said those in line when the polls close will still be allowed to vote.
(KDLT News) - When it comes to voting in presidential elections, South Dakotans often see red. For the last five decades, voters in the state have favored the Republican ticket. So why do we tend to lean to the right? 1964. That's the last time South Dakotans have voted for a Democrat to win the white house. And that year most states did. Lyndon B. Johnson defeated Barry Goldwater in one of the largest victories by a presidential candidate in U.S. History. Only three other times have South Dakotans voted blue. Two of them came with the election and re-election of FDR in '32 and 36'. The first time was 120 years ago for William Jennings Bryan in 1896.
3:20 PM (Reuters) - A Nevada judge 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.
(Reuters) -- Gun control-related ballot measures in four states are expected to pass on Tuesday, opinion polls show, after gun safety advocates poured a massive amount of money into backing the initiatives. In Maine and Nevada, residents will vote 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, D.C., have already approved similar laws. Voters in Washington state, meanwhile, will consider allowing judges to bar people from possessing guns if they pose a danger to themselves or to others, such as accused domestic abusers. In California, a referendum would ban large-capacity ammunition magazines and require certain people to pass a background check to buy ammunition.
2:45 PM (AP) — Donald Trump is rekindling his unsubstantiated concerns about a rigged election system. Asked Tuesday afternoon on Fox News if he would accept the election results, Trump continued to demur. The Republican presidential nominee said: "We're going to see how things play out." He said. "I want to see everything honest." Concerns about voter intimidation and fraud led to a flurry of lawsuits in the run-up to Election Day. New voter regulations in more than a dozen states also held the potential to sow confusion at polling places. But at least in the early going, most of the problems at polling places appeared to be routine — the kinds of snags that come every four years, including long lines, machines not working properly, and issues with ballots or voter rolls.
2:35 PM (Washington Post) -- Ryan Burger encountered a surprise when he went to vote at his location near Pittsburgh: Two separate poll workers asked him for a photo ID, although none is required under Pennsylvania law. The election workers at the North Huntingdon polling place didn’t seem to know this. Another voter near Pittsburgh who declined to give her name was also asked for her ID. At that polling place in the Friendship neighborhood of Pittsburgh, voters reported some inconsistencies with requests for voter ID.
(AP) — Voters in some states weighed in Tuesday on several of most volatile issues facing America — gun control, marijuana legalization, the death penalty and the right of a terminally ill person to get a doctor's help in dying. Proposals addressing those topics were among more than 150 measures appearing on statewide ballots. California led the pack with 17 ballot questions, including one that would require actors in porn movies to wear condoms during filming of sexual intercourse. Another would ban single-use plastic grocery bags. California was among five states — along with Arizona, Maine, Massachusetts and Nevada — voting on whether to legalize the recreational use of marijuana. Three others — Florida, Arkansas and North Dakota — decided whether to permit marijuana for medical purposes. Montanans voted on whether to ease restrictions on an existing medical marijuana law. Collectively, it was the closest the U.S. has ever come to a national referendum on marijuana.
(AP) — Control of the Senate was up for grabs Tuesday as Republicans' hopes of protecting their narrow majority in an unpredictable election rested on a handful of states that were toss-ups until the end. In two red states that were never supposed to be this competitive, North Carolina and Missouri, Democrats sought to upset entrenched GOP incumbents. As voting got underway, both states looked like they could go either way. In Democratic-leaning states like Wisconsin, Illinois, Nevada, New Hampshire and Pennsylvania, Democratic candidates made final appeals trying to tie their GOP opponents to Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.
(KDLT News) -- Voting is now underway in South Dakota. Candidates arrived at the polls early to vote in the 2016 presidential election. U.S. Representative candidate Paula Hawks cast her ballot around 7:15 a.m. in Hartford. Hawks is running against incumbent Rep. Kristi Noem. Jay Williams, running against incumbent Sen. John Thune cast his vote Tuesday morning in Yankton.
2:20 PM (AP) — It could be the first lawsuit of Election Day. Donald Trump's campaign is alleging polling place "anomalies" during early voting in the Las Vegas area last week. A lawsuit filed Tuesday in Nevada court asks that records from four early voting spots that allegedly stayed open too late last Friday be impounded and preserved. Long lines kept polls open past the 7 p.m. posted closing time at locations that included a Mexican market and several shopping centers. Officials say at one site, the last voter cast a ballot after 10 p.m. Criticism is also coming from state Republican Party chief Michael McDonald. But Democrat Hillary Clinton's campaign is dismissing the Nevada case in a Twitter message, calling it "a frivolous lawsuit."
1:30 PM (AP) — President Barack Obama says his faith in the American people hasn't wavered. Asked whether he was feeling nervous about the presidential election outcome, Obama said "I think we'll do a good job" as long as the American people vote. Lines were long in some areas as voters chose between Democrat Hillary Clinton, Republican Donald Trump and some third-party candidates. Obama said he hopes everyone has "voted early. If not, get out there." Obama supports Clinton and voted early last month in his Chicago hometown. He spoke while walking from the White House residence to the Oval Office, following his Election Day tradition of playing basketball with friends.
(KDLT News) -- It's something we've been hearing for a month now, people urging others to take part in their civic duty and vote. But with multiple ballot measures, some that are a bit confusing, this task requires more than just filling out a ballot; it requires doing some homework beforehand. So New Technology High School government teacher Scott Sorenson took the 10 ballot measures and split his class, made up of juniors and seniors, into 10 groups. After doing a weeks’ worth of research, Mr. Sorenson’s students are now informing others on the issues.
Well the 2016 election is upon us and by the end of the night we will know who is the next president of the United States. But have you ever wondered why we vote on Tuesday? Well the reason is mainly because of Religion and farmers. In 1845, Congress passed a law naming the Tuesday after the first Monday in November as Election Day for national elections. See before the law came into effect, states to set their own date just as long as they did it with a certain time. Congress believed that people may be influenced by those results and thus the law came into effect.
(Results Radio-TownsquareMedia) -- If there was ever a day we just needed a few freebies in life – it’s probably Tuesday – Election Day. We’ve been exhausted by non-stop political ads, mass mailing for this amendment and that, and nonsensical rantings in the break room from those bold enough to boast about one of the candidates. Here’s a few freebies available to you according to the Consumerist – just make sure to keep your I Voted! sticker.
(Fox News) -- The outcome of Tuesday’s grueling White House battle between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump could determine how the history books remember President Obama, with his legacy on the line as one candidate vows to dismantle the outgoing president’s signature policies and the other pledges to protect his agenda. From ObamaCare to his court-challenged directives helping illegal immigrants to his controversial environmental regulations, the president’s initiatives and the enduring impact of his historic presidency depend in large part on the next administration and Congress.
(MSNBC) — Donald Trump has repeatedly criticized the presidential election as rigged and refused to commit to conceding if he loses the race. As Election Day begins, some are asking what would happen if Trump loses and declines to concede. The answer is: Nothing. There is no legal or constitutional requirement that a losing candidate publicly concede, experts told NBC News.
10:43 AM (Washington Post) — Reports of missing registrations in North Carolina are coming into the Election Protection hotline from voters who tried to register through the state Department of Motor Vehicles. Allison Riggs, senior attorney with the Southern Coalition for Social Justice, said reports of missing registrations are coming in to the hotline from throughout the state, but for now it is hard to judge the exact number. “It could be thousands, but probably not tens of thousands,” she said.
11:14 AM (CNN) — In radio interviews Tuesday, Donald Trump still would not unequivocally commit to accepting the outcome of the election. Trump has for the past month railed against what he has called the "rigged system" — warning of voter fraud, accusing the media of colluding against him, and signaling multiple times that he may not accept the outcome of the election if he loses. His rhetoric has led many to question whether he will concede the election Tuesday night should he not emerge as the victor.
(AP) — WikiLeaks chief Julian Assange says he wasn't trying to influence the U.S. presidential election when his organization published hacked emails from Hillary Clinton's campaign.
In a statement Tuesday, Assange denied he was trying to support Green Party candidate Jill Stein or take revenge for the jailing of former U.S. intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning.
Manning was sentenced to 35 years in prison for leaking secret U.S. government documents to WikiLeaks.
Assange suggests WikiLeaks would publish material on Clinton's Republican rival Donald Trump, if it received appropriate material and judged it newsworthy.
Assange said Wikileaks has not yet received information on the campaigns of Trump, Stein or other candidates "that fulfills our stated editorial criteria."
(AP) — A Georgia-based car title lender is spending another $100,000 against a ballot measure that would cap short-term loan interest rates in South Dakota.
The contribution came a day before Tuesday's election. Alpharetta-based Select Management Resources LLC has put $500,000 into the race since last Monday.
The company has pumped nearly $3.2 million total into two South Dakota ballot measure campaigns since 2015.
That includes nearly $1.3 million total to a group opposing the ballot measure that would cap interest rates at 36 percent annually. The group has recently put out TV and mail advertising attacking the measure.
The company has also given almost $1.9 million to an organization backing a constitutional amendment that would allow lenders to charge any interest rate that a borrower agrees to in writing.
(AP) — As voters cast their ballots for president, some are convinced, while others are holding their breath.
In Indianapolis, 50-year old homemaker Ranita Wires said she voted for Hillary Clinton because she trusts her, but said "this has been the worst," and she's "so glad it's over."
Craig Bernheimer voted for Donald Trump at his local polling station in Tulsa, Oklahoma early Tuesday, saying it has more to do with "what the other didn't bring."
New Mexico truck driver Richard Grasmick said he admired Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson and intended to vote for him, but grew disillusioned by Johnson's televised flubs on foreign affairs issues.
He said, "I wanted to go with Gary but he failed me." Grasmick voted for Donald Trump instead.
(CNN) — Barack Obama was catapulted into office eight years ago by what was, at the time, the most diverse electorate in history. The Americans who head to the polls to cast ballots for his successor are even more diverse.
Thirty-one percent of eligible voters will be racial or ethnic minorities, up from 29% in 2012, according to the Pew Research Center. And the share of non-Hispanic white voters eligible to vote will be the lowest in history, the continuation of a steady decline in white voters over the past three decades.
It's a stark reminder of the shifting demographics of the country: The Census Bureau projects that no one racial group will be a majority of the country by the year 2044.
(AP) — Lines were long in some places, but few voters heading to the polls early Tuesday appeared to be encountering problems.
Presidential elections usually include sporadic voting problems, such as machines not working properly. Calls to Election Protection, a national voter helpline, included people reporting long lines as a result of machine problems in three precincts in Virginia. And election officials at a handful of precincts in Durham County, North Carolina, were using paper roll books after technical issues with computer check-in.
Ahead of the election, there was anxiety over whether voters would face problems. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said the election was rigged and Democrats warned that Republicans were planning to intimidate voters. There were also concerns about hackers disrupting election systems.
(AP) — The South Dakota Secretary of State's office says all polling sites across the state are now open.
Polls in Sioux Falls have seen a steady stream of voters Tuesday morning.
Some voters in Minnehaha County tried to beat the Election Day lines by voting early Monday. Sioux Falls resident Jon Drew was among the 70 people who at one point during Monday's lunch time were in line waiting to vote at the administration building in Minnehaha County.
The 37-year-old Drew says it was great to see a female name on the ballot for president, but his decision to vote for Hillary Clinton had nothing to do with her gender. He says he hopes people will be able to find some common ground after this bitter election, but he won't hold his breath.
(AP) — Donald Trump's eldest son says that his family will "respect the outcome" of a "fair election."
Donald Trump, Jr. told CNN's New Day Tuesday that he thinks his father "will remain involved somewhat" if he loses the election. He said he hopes that the energy surrounding his father's campaign "goes back to the people we are trying to fight for, the people who haven't had a voice in a long time."
He said, in retrospect, that "hopefully we shed some light on the process," and enabled people to speak their minds freely, "without being put in some basket, without being boxed in a corner."
(AP) — Women across the United States are wearing pantsuits Tuesday in a show of support for Hillary Clinton.
Many were inspired by a Facebook group called Pantsuit Nation that has more than 2 million members. Some are also wearing white in honor of the suffragists who wore white when they fought for women's voting rights in the early 1900s.
In Alexandria, Virginia, Heather O'Beirne Kelly says she's wearing a white pantsuit, inspired by the Facebook group and organized efforts to get women to wear white to vote.
New Yorker Denise Shull tried to buy a white pantsuit on Amazon, but they were sold out. She's wearing a black-and-white suit to support Clinton, but also to symbolize "women making progress."
(AP) — Hillary and Bill Clinton are voting in their hometown of Chappaqua New York.
The Clinton's greeted supporters waiting outside the polling place after casting their ballots Tuesday morning.
Hillary Clinton said it was "the most humbling feeling" to vote "because so many people are counting on the outcome of this election."
Bill Clinton said he's eager to be a political spouse, joking that he had "15 years of practice."
(AP) — President Barack Obama is keeping up an Election Day tradition: a game of pick-up basketball with friends.
Obama arrived at the gymnasium at the Army's Fort McNair in the District of Columbia around 8 a.m. He wore dark, casual clothes and a baseball cap, and carried a pair of high-top athletic shoes. The White House didn't say who the president would be playing with.
On the day of his re-election in 2012, Obama's basketball teammates included former Chicago Bulls player Scottie Pippen.
Obama started the Election Day tradition during the 2008 presidential campaign.
The president has been campaigning aggressively to help elect fellow Democrat Hillary Clinton, including headlining get-out-the-vote rallies for her in three states on Monday.
(AP) — Tim Kaine is not letting the biggest election of his life get in the way of his Tuesday routine.
After voting at 6 a.m. and doing a round of national morning TV shows, Kaine met a group of friends for breakfast at the City Diner in Richmond.
Kaine and his friends try to meet every Tuesday at the diner, a few miles from his home.
The U.S. senator and former Virginia governor was greeted with cheers as he walked into the restaurant
(AP) — Donald Trump says the presidential campaign has been an "amazing process" that put him in touch with the unfulfilled aspirations of the American people.
Interviewed by phone Tuesday on "Fox and Friends," the Republican presidential nominee said he's seen "so many hopes and dreams that didn't happen, that could have been helped with proper leadership."
Trump says he "took a little heat" for bringing up "illegal immigration" from the day he launched his campaign, but "in the end it was the right thing to do."
Trump said his campaign is a "movement" and the American people are "incredible."
Asked if he had any regrets, Trump said "sure, there's things I would have done different." He didn't name any.
(AP) — Eric Trump says that his father will concede the election if he loses and the results are "legit and fair."
In an Election Day interview with MSNBC's Morning Joe, Donald Trump's son said that "all we want is a fair fight, not just for this election but for all elections."
The Republican presidential nominee has repeatedly warned of a "rigged election," though there is no evidence of widespread fraud in the electoral system.
Eric Trump said, "we've seen states where a few thousand votes can make a difference."
Pressed by MSNBC anchors, he said of his father, "if he loses and it's legit and fair, and there's not obvious stuff out there then without question, yes," he would concede.
(AP) — Republican Donald Trump is expressing confidence on Election Day.
In a phone interview Tuesday morning on "Fox and Friends," the Republican presidential nominee said: "We're going to win a lot of states." But in a rare moment of uncertainty, he added: "Who knows what happens ultimately?"
If rival Hillary Clinton wins, Trump says he won't be looking back positively on a failed bid for the White House. He said: "If I don't win, I will consider it a tremendous waste of time, energy and money."
Trump said he's spent over $100 million of his own money on his campaign. Federal Election Commission reports, however, show he's more than $30 million short of that claim. According to fundraising records, Trump's investment so far is about $66 million.
(AP) — Election Day voting is getting underway in South Dakota with polls already open in the eastern half of the state.
Polls are open Tuesday from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m.
The weather shouldn't be a problem for voters heading to the polls. The National Weather Service forecast calls for temperatures in the 50s and 60s across the state with sunny skies and light wind.
Voters can use the Secretary of State's Vote605 app to view a sample ballot and find their polling location from their phones. The app also gives people the ability to figure out where they are registered to vote.
(AP) — Democratic vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine says he and Hillary Clinton can clinch the White House if they win any one of the "checkmate" states.
In an interview with ABC's Good Morning America Tuesday, Kaine said the battleground states of North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Florida and Ohio each hold the key to a win for the Democratic running mates.
He said that Tuesday's election is a "history-making race" but he also warned against complacency, saying that "democracy always works better when people participate."
(AP) — Tim Kaine has cast his ballot for president in his hometown of Richmond, Virginia.
The Democratic vice presidential nominee and his wife, Anne Holton, voted shortly after polls opened at 6 a.m. at a retirement community near their home.
Kaine was cheered by supporters waiting in line.
After voting, he spoke to reporters where he encouraged Americans to vote and said that if elected, he and running mate Hillary Clinton would try and bring the country together.
"The sign of a vigorous democracy is one where a lot of people participate," Kaine said.
(AP) — Donald Trump has a final message to his supporters in the election's waning hours: "We have to win."
The GOP nominee tells his final rally crowd in Grand Rapids, Michigan that: "If we don't win, this will be the single greatest waste of time, energy and money in my life."
Trump's final event at a local convention center was surprisingly staid, with none of the theatrics of an earlier rally in a packed arena in New Hampshire.
As he spoke, dozens of people streamed toward the exit, forming a procession in front of an area where reporters were stationed.
Some said they were trying to get closer to the door. But most said they were leaving because they were tired, wanted to beat traffic or had heard enough.
Trump says now that he's finished his campaign, his "new adventure" will be "making America great again."
(AP) — Hillary Clinton is calling on voters to reject Donald Trump's "dark and divisive" vision. She says there's no reason why "America's best days are not ahead of us."
She's closing out her campaign with a rally early Tuesday in Raleigh, North Carolina, featuring Lady Gaga and Jon Bon Jovi. Clinton told cheering supporters that their "work will be just beginning" after Election Day.
Clinton spent the final hours of her presidential campaign offering a more positive vision for the country, trying to strike a stark contrast with Trump.
She was joined in her final events by her husband, former president Bill Clinton, and confidants, including embattled aide Huma Abedin.
Clinton plans to end her campaign by greeting supporters at the Westchester airport, in New York, where she was expected to land after 3 a.m. EST.
(AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton was serenaded by Lady Gaga and Jon Bon Jovi at her campaign finale in Raleigh, North Carolina, early Tuesday.
The entertainers appeared shortly before Clinton concluded her brief post-midnight visit and before boarding her campaign plane for Westchester, New York, where supporters were waiting to cheer her after a marathon day of campaigning. She was joined in her final events by her husband, former president Bill Clinton, daughter Chelsea, and closest confidants, including embattled aide Huma Abedin.
(AP) — Donald Trump is channeling Hollywood as he kicks off the final rally of his unconventional presidential campaign.
"Today is our Independence Day," Trump declares at a rally in Grand, Rapids Michigan in the early hours Tuesday. He says, "Today the American working class is going to strike back."
Trump had been expected to hold his last rally in New Hampshire - but added one last event to his calendar as his team made an 11th-hour push into traditionally Democratic states.
Trump says he doesn't need superstars like Jay Z, Beyonce or Lady Gaga to draw crowds like his rival Hillary Clinton. He says, "All we need is great ideas to make America great again."
(CNN) — Hillary Clinton 4, Donald Trump 2, Gary Johnson 1 -- and a single write-in surprise: Mitt Romney.
With eight residents voting and five times as many reporters watching, Dixville Notch has spoken.
On a frigid night in the largely forgotten region about halfway between the Maine and Canadian borders, the small northern New Hampshire town came alive for several minutes of kitschy democratic conflict. This latest round of wee hours voting extends a tradition that traces back more than a half-century
(AP) — South Dakota voters are expected to give the state's three electoral votes to GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump and re-elect U.S. Sen. John Thune and Rep. Kristi Noem.
The main suspense of election day on Tuesday is likely to be the fate of no fewer than 10 ballot questions on topics ranging from public funding for campaigns to payday loan interest rates.
The last time a Democratic presidential candidate carried South Dakota was Lyndon Johnson in 1964, which doesn't bode well for Hillary Clinton.
At the state level, Republican lawmakers can be confident they'll head to Pierre next year still firmly in control of the state House and Senate.
(AP) — Donald Trump got off to a quick, early lead in the 2016 presidential election, winning over the voters of three New Hampshire precincts by a 32-25 margin over Hillary Clinton.
Polls in the tiny New Hampshire towns of Dixville, Hart's Location and Millsfield opened just after midnight Tuesday and closed as soon as everyone had voted. These die-hard voters are proud to have the first word on the big vote.
Clinton won more votes in Dixville and Hart's Location, but Trump was the overwhelming favorite in Millsfield, with a 16-4 edge.
Libertarian Gary Johnson picked up three votes. Bernie Sanders, John Kasich and 2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney got write-in votes.
Under New Hampshire state law, communities with fewer than 100 voters can get permission to open their polls at midnight and close them as soon as all registered voters have cast their ballots.
11:50 PM Monday
(AP) — Tim Kaine is thanking supporters, friends and family members during his final campaign rally before Election Day.
The Democratic vice presidential nominee says, "There's no place like home." He's at an airport homecoming late Monday in Richmond, Virginia, where Kaine has lived for 32 years.
He is with his wife, Anne Holton, and their daughter, Annella.
Kaine is praising running mate Hillary Clinton as someone who unites people and saying Donald Trump isn't qualified to be president.
The senator and former Virginia governor has not campaigned in his home state since shortly after he became the Democratic vice presidential nominee.
Clinton has maintained leads in most Virginia polls for several months, though the polls have shown the race tightening.
10:00 PM Monday
(AP) — Donald Trump just can't help himself.
The GOP nominee is reviving an insult derided as racist as he makes his final pitch to voters on the eve of Election Day.
Speaking during a rally in New Hampshire, Trump referred to Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren as "Pocahontas" — a reference to claims she made about being part Native American.
He's also calling Warren a "terrible person," ''a terrible human being" and a "terrible senator" who is hated by her colleagues.
The comment came as Trump continued to air grievances about the GOP primary and early concerns about whether he would be able to win more than 50 percent of the GOP vote.
9:53 PM Monday
(AP) — Donald Trump is bragging that he has the backing of two of New England's biggest sports stars.
The GOP nominee says at a Manchester, New Hampshire, rally that New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady called him today to say he'd voted for him.
He also claims he received a "the most beautiful" letter from Bill Belichick, the Patriots head coach, congratulating him, wishing him luck Tuesday, and commending him for the way he'd handled "an unbelievable negative and slanted media."
"By the way, is there a better reference than Tom Brady and Bill Belichick?" he later asked the crowd. "I don't think so."
Brady told Boston's WEEI-FM Monday morning that he hadn't voted yet. Early voting in Massachusetts ended Friday.
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