7:30 p.m.: Republican Donald Trump has won West Virginia and its five electoral votes, reports the Associated Press. 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.

7:15 p.m.:Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams says he has found no evidence of fraud or intimidation at the city's polls despite Republican candidate Donald Trump's warnings about voter fraud.

7 p.m. The Associated Press has reported that  Trump has won Kentucky and Indiana while Democrat Hillary Clinton has won Vermont.

5:53 p.m.: The polls were "very busy" at Assumption Regional Catholic School in Galloway Township, said Natalie Swan, a poll worker.

The line to vote stretched from the voting booth to the door after 5 p.m. as people got off work.

Swan said voters were waiting in line before polls opened at 6 a.m. The line was out the door, she said. 

"Until about lunch time, it didn't slow down," she said. "So there's a lot of concerned citizens, a lot of voters."

5:05 p.m. Where are Clinton and Trump tonight? Both candidates will be in Manhattan, accordign to their campaigns. 

5:02 p.m. 

3:20 p.m.: Shafiq Mohammad once worked for Donald Trump, but he voted for Hillary Clinton.

Mohammad, who manages "Fashion Island" on the Atlantic City Boardwalk, didn't have good memories of the Republican nominee.

Mohammad, a former satellite banker at Trump Taj Mahal, recalled Trump never saying hello when he walked the floor. Mohammad said he received just $25 for a Christmas bonus at the Taj, compared to the $300 holiday gift he'd get working at Golden Nugget. 

"He couldn't win employees' hearts. How is he going to win the United States?" Mohammad said.

The Christmas bonus issue aside, Mohammad said he voted for Clinton because of her foreign policy experience. 

2 p.m.: Outside of the Middle Township municipal building on Mechanic Street, voters were split between presidential candidates Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump.

Elliott Donchey, 83, of Middle Township voted along party lines Tuesday morning, from Donald Trump for president down to Dan Lockwood for Township Committee. His wife, Margery, 84, voted in the local races, including for Lockwood, but abstained from voting in the presidential race. She said she felt disenchanted with both Clinton and Trump.

“I just couldn’t bring myself to do it,” she said.

Republican Melanie Collins, 46, of Middle Township said she did much self-reflection before voting in this presidential election.

“I don’t love Donald Trump as a candidate, but I voted platform,” Collins said. “I took a lot of soul-searching: what my values are, what I stand for.”

Collins said she had to largely ignore the candidates and focus on issues like the future of the Supreme Court and Roe v. Wade.

James E. Smyth, 97, of Middle Township has voted Democrat in every presidential election. On Tuesday, he cast his ballot for Hillary Clinton.

“I’ve always thought she did a good job no matter what she does,” Smyth said. “It wasn’t a vote against someone.”

“Look, the men aren’t doing that great a job. It would be nice to have a woman (president). Male or female, I just wanted the best one,” Smyth said.

Michele Meeds, 62, of Middle Township voted for Hillary Clinton Tuesday morning.

“I like her. I always have. I think she’s gotten a bad rap a lot of times. And the alternative is just unacceptable,” Meeds said.

Emily Lattimore, 37, of Middle Township logged a vote for Clinton Tuesday.

“Certainly her politics are in line with our family,” she said. “Coming together, accepting everyone in the country is important to me.

“I don’t think it’s insignificant that we get to vote for a woman to become our president for the first time,” Lattimore added, noting that she was making history.

Glen Rosenberger Jr., 73, of Upper Township said he voted for Donald Trump Tuesday morning outside the Seaville Fire Department Social Hall on Route 50.

“Hillary’s background, way too far back she goes as a liar and a thief,” Rosenberger said.

He said that he would have liked to see more focus on veterans in this election, and wasn’t pleased overall with the campaign season.

“If our forefathers could see what’s going on today, they would say it’s time for another Tea Party,” Rosenberger said.

Greta Schwartz, 49, of Upper Township voted for Hillary Clinton.

“I actually started something called the Revolution for Mental Health Care in America,” Schwartz said. She walked from Upper Township to Trenton over Memorial Day weekend carrying a full-size casket to bring awareness to mental health issues.

Schwartz, owner of Red Sky Café on Route 9, said she has always identified as unaffiliated, so she did a lot of research leading up to Election Day, especially on mental health platforms.

“I feel like Hillary is most apt and most determined to make a difference in the mental health care field,” Schwartz said.

Norma Juzwiak, 63, of Ocean City said her children jokingly threatened to tie her up and not let her out to vote as she cast her ballot for Donald Trump Tuesday morning at Our Lady of Good Counsel at 40th Street and Central Avenue.

“I don’t think the kids see the trouble we’re in. All of my kids were like, ‘Ma, how could you?’” she said. “I’m taking a chance.”

Juzwiak said that she has always voted Republican, and hopes to see Obamacare repealed.

“I don’t particularly think he’s a wonderful guy, but I think she’s worse,” Juzwiak said of the candidates.

Jenna Zarella, 24, and her mother, Barbara Zarella, 66, of Ocean City voted together on Tuesday morning, both in support of Donald Trump.

“I feel like Hillary is a liar,” Jenna Zarella said. “I don’t trust her as president.

“As a woman, I feel like Hillary Clinton makes me feel like a victim and he makes me feel empowered,” she said.

Barbara Zarella said that her Catholic viewpoints helped to form her selection.

“I’m pro-life. I don’t believe in late-term abortions,” she said. “I don’t feel like she represents me as a woman.”

Friends Frederick Little, 83, and Philip Toscone, 77, both of Ocean City, were a veritable “Odd Couple” Tuesday morning as they exited the polls.

“I hate Hillary Clinton. She should be in jail,” Little said, adding that a Clinton presidency would lead to a worsened economy.

Toscone voted for Clinton.

“We’re good friends, but politically, we’re not on the same page,” Toscone said. “Donald doesn’t favor women. I’m pro-choice. I feel a woman has the right to decide what she wants to do with her body.”

11:45 a.m.: President Barack Obama tweeted Tuesday morning for people to "go vote."

11:25 a.m.: Donald Trump voted in New York City with his wife Melania, daughter Ivanka, and son-in-law Jared as hundreds of people watched Tuesday morning at a public school on Manhattan's East Side.

11 a.m.: Atlantic County is reporting steady voting.

Gov. Chris Christie voted soon after the polls opened, not answering questions from reporters.

10 a.m.: Hillary Clinton cast her own ballot Tuesday with her husband, former President Bill Clinton, at an elementary school near their home in suburban New York before greeting supporters.

9:45 a.m.: Outside the large Trump sign at South Pomona Road & Duerer Street in Galloway, Michael Waszen, Sr., of Galloway said he was voting for Trump Tuesday.

"I think Mr. Trump will be the best president we'll have for a long time," he said. "I think he'll do a lot for the economy, for the security of the nation."

9 a.m.: Outside the District 5 and 6 polling place in Cape May Court House, the polls saw a mix between Clinton and Trump supporters.

One woman, Margery Donchey, even opted out of voting for president. 

"I just couldn't bring myself to do it," she said, adding that her husband voted this morning.

8:45 a.m.: Some voters in Atlantic City hit the polls when they opened at 6 a.m., including Barbara Randolph, 52, who was first in line at Uptown School Complex to cast her vote for Hillary Clinton. 

“I’m excited to come out and to vote and to make that change for women,” the lifelong city resident said. “I was the first one here in line to vote for the first female for president.”

At Richmond Avenue School in Atlantic City, Terry Kelly, 72, was among the first wave of voters and voted for Donald Trump.

“I think it will be very close,” he said, adding that he thinks Trump will win. “The last eight years haven't been great for the economy.”

Another voter at Uptown School Complex early in the morning, James Wilson, said he voted for Hillary Clinton. If you don't vote, it's a vote for the other side, he said. 

"Donald Trump only made promises, and he didn't say anything specific," he said. 

Mike Evans, 55, said in Atlantic City that he voted for Trump because he's looking for "different change" in the country.

"I just don't trust Hillary," he said.


WASHINGTON (AP) — A polarized America went to the polls Tuesday to pick its 45th president, choosing to elect either Hillary Clinton as the nation's first female commander in chief or billionaire businessman Donald Trump after a long and rancorous campaign that upended U.S. politics.

The winner will inherit an anxious nation, angry and distrustful of leaders in Washington. She or he will preside over an economy that is improving but still leaves many behind, and a military less extended abroad than eight years ago yet grappling with new terror threats.

Clinton entered Election Day with multiple paths to victory, while Trump must prevail in most of the battle battleground states to reach 270 Electoral College votes. Control of the Senate also is at stake; Democrats need to net four seats if Clinton wins the White House. Republicans expect to maintain their House majority.

Like millions of Americans, Clinton and Trump were casting their votes Tuesday morning. Clinton and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, arrived at their local polling station in Chappaqua, New York, shortly after 8 a.m. as a crowd of cheering supporters snapped photos. Trump was voting in Manhattan.

"The people of this country are incredible," Trump said by telephone on Fox News. He said the campaign has changed him because he has seen "so many hopes and dreams that didn't happen, that could have been helped with proper leadership."

In an interview with ABC's "Good Morning America," Democratic vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine said Clinton can clinch victory if she wins any of the "checkmate" battleground states, especially North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Florida and Ohio in that category.

Pushing for high voter turnout, Kaine called the election a "history-making race" and said "democracy always works better when people participate."

The candidates blitzed through the roughly dozen battleground states on Monday, accompanied by their families, political allies and celebrities.

In the campaign's final hours, Clinton was buoyed by FBI Director James Comey's weekend announcement that he would not recommend criminal charges against her following a new email review. The inquiry had sapped Clinton's surging momentum at a crucial moment in the race and risked damaging Democrats running in down-ballot races.

Clinton never mentioned the FBI review Monday and appeared already to be preparing for the challenges awaiting her after Tuesday. She bemoaned the caustic election season that sparked so much division, saying she'd come to "regret deeply how angry the tone of the campaign became."

The centerpiece of Clinton's final campaign swing was a massive rally on Philadelphia's Independence Mall, where she was joined by her husband, former President Bill Clinton, as well as President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama.

"We know enough about my opponent, we know who he is," Clinton said as she addressed the 33,000-person crowd, her largest of the campaign. "The real question for us is what kind of country we want to be."

Trump closed his improbable presidential bid in trademark style, flying across the country in his now-familiar private jet and headlining packed rallies filled with enthusiastic supporters. As he surveyed a crowd in Scranton, Pennsylvania, he declared: "It's been a long journey."

"If we don't win, this will be the single greatest waste of time, energy and money in my life," Trump said as he ended a marathon final day of campaigning in Grand Rapids, Michigan. "We have to win."

Having made the new FBI review a centerpiece of his closing case to voters, Trump said Clinton was being protected by a "totally rigged system."

"You have one magnificent chance to beat the corrupt system and deliver justice," Trump implored his supporters. "Do not let this opportunity slip away."

While the candidate previously has suggested he wouldn't accept defeat, one of Trump's sons said Tuesday that "all we've wanted was a fair fight."

Asked if his father would concede, Eric Trump said on MSNBC's "Morning Joe," "If he loses and it's legit and fair, and there's not obvious stuff out there then without question, yes."

Almost 45 million people cast ballots in advance voting before Election Day. About half of those votes were cast under the shadow of the FBI director's initial announcement of a new email review.

Clinton is banking on high turnout — particularly among Obama's young, diverse coalition of voters — to carry her over the finish line. Several states with advance voting have reported record turnout, including Florida and Nevada, whose booming Hispanic populations are expected to pull for Clinton.

In Florida alone, Hispanic participation was up by more than 453,000 votes, nearly doubling the 2012 level.

In Nevada, where more than three-fourths of expected ballots have been cast, Democrats lead 42 percent to 36 percent.


Associated Press writers Vivian Salama, Bradley Klapper, Kathleen Hennessey, Hope Yen, Jonathan Lemire, Steve Peoples, Josh Lederman, Jill Colvin and Lisa Lerer contributed to this report.


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