Trump v Clinton: Polling day updates from Portsmouth USA

Voters are going to the polls today in the American cities of Portsmouth.

Tuesday, 8th November 2016, 9:15 am
Updated Wednesday, 16th November 2016, 4:23 pm

In both New Hampshire and Virginia, electors joined millions across the nation in deciding whether Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump should be their next President.

In New Hampshire, the Portsmouth Herald leads on Barack Obama’s visit to the state on the eve of the poll.

It said President Obama swept into the state to make Hillary Clinton’s closing argument, calling her a “smart and steady” leader who will “work her heart out.”

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And, it reported, just hours later, Republican Donald Trump breezed into New Hampshire and declared Clinton “the most corrupt person ever” to run for president.

The Herald reports: ‘Trump won New Hampshire’s presidential primary by nearly 20 percentage points in a crowded field, while Clinton lost to rival Bernie Sanders by even larger margins. But New Hampshire leans blue (Democrat) in presidential years. Clinton has consistently led in polls, although they’ve tightened in the final days.’

In the naval port of Portsmouth, Virginia, the Virginian-Pilot, columnist Jennifer Rubin says: ‘If, as appears increasingly likely, Hillary Clinton wins today, the Republicans most responsible for the calamity will stand ready to spout a load of excuses they’ve been accumulating since the Republican National Convention, when it became reasonably apparent that Donald Trump was going to run his general-election campaign just the way he did his primary race.’

And, says the Virginian-Pilot, Clinton’s running mate Tim Kaine made his last speech of the campaign in his home state of Virginia.

The paper reports: ‘In the last three months, Tim Kaine has crisscrossed the country, been taunted by WikiLeaks, dropped in on a World Series game, attended his high school reunion with Secret Service agents in tow, rubbed shoulders with the rich and famous, posed for untold number of selfies, played harmonica for millions of TV watchers, and spawned a thousand “dad jokes” on the internet. Now the Democratic vice presidential nominee is wrapping up a whirlwind three months on the campaign trail in front of a home crowd.’