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    Polls Close in 16 US States and Washington DC

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    In the third round of poll closings, Clinton projected winner of eight states and DC, so far. Trump projected winner in five. Michigan is also up for grabs, though it is leaning blue.

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    Delaware, Illinois, Maryland, New Mexico, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Connecticut and the District of Columbia were all projected for Clinton.

    Trump was the projected winner of Oklahoma, Alabama, Tennessee, Missouri and Mississippi.

    Michigan, Maine, New Hampshire, and Pennsylvania remain too close to call.

    Early numbers had indicated that Michigan may have set voter turnout records, in the state that Bernie Sanders had won in a landslide during the primaries. Trump had also won the Republican primary there by a nearly 2-1 margin, making this typically-blue state one to watch in the general election. Michigan has been solidly blue since 1992, but Trump had his sights set on it, holding eight rallies in the state.

    In October, Clinton had held a strong 11-point lead over Trump, but by November it had collapsed to just four points in the Detroit Free Press poll the week of the election.

    “Michigan stands at the crossroads of history,” Trump said at a late night rally in Michigan on the eve of election day. “If we win Michigan, we will win this historic election and then we will truly be able to do all of the things we want to do.”

    In Pennsylvania, Clinton was holding a six-point lead against Trump in a two-way race, according to the latest Morning Call/Muhlenberg College poll released on November 5, just three days before the election. When third party candidates are included, Clinton’s lead is still four percent.

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    Clinton’s edge in this state was due to her total domination in Philadelphia and the southeastern portion of the state, while Trump was winning most of the rest of the state.

    The state was also in a close Senate race, between Republican incumbent Pat Toomey, who was polling at 43 percent, and Democrat Katie McGinty who was just one point behind, with 42 percent in polls conducted days before the election.

    The state of Maine may also have broken a turnout record, with massive lines and as many as 70 percent of registered voters casting ballots. This battleground state has four electoral votes, which can be split between the candidates. The only other state to do this is the red state of Nebraska.

    “The state has four total votes. Two go to the statewide winner, and one each goes to the winners in the two congressional districts,” AOL.com detailed.

    The Real Clear Politics average of polls from October 24 through the 30th had Clinton winning the state with 46.5 percent to Trump’s 41 percent.

    In Washington DC, residents voted that they want the city to become the 51st state in the nation. Currently, Congress controls the court, budget, and laws in the district, without residents having Congressional representation of their own. The initiative was polling with 70 percent of voters in support, and easily passed, but Congress will still be in control of approving the request.

    During this round of poll closings, blue states Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, New Jersey and Rhode Island finished up, as well as Washington DC.

    On the red side, Alabama, Missouri, Mississippi, Oklahoma and Tennessee also concluded.

    You can view our live election map here.


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