The 2016 US presidential election has been surrounded by controversy for months. On election night, it is essential to take a step back from the disputes and look at what each candidate has envisioned for the country.
Hillary Clinton has taken a strong stance on social issues such as women’s rights, including their right to safe, legal abortions and equal pay. Clinton also extends her support to members of the LGBTQ community, unlike Trump’s running mate Mike Pence, who has supported conversion therapy for most of his political career.
“No future generation of LGBT Americans should live in a country that doesn’t embrace their full and equal rights,” Clinton said in a statement for The Washington Post.
Clinton also remains strong in her vow to create a path to citizenship for undocumented Mexican immigrants. Deportation of the 11 million immigrants and their families is not in her game plan. She also refuses her opponents call for additional screening of Muslim immigrants as they enter the country, defending their first amendment right to freedom of religion.
Regarding social programs, Clinton does not want to cut social security funding and would prefer to expand it. She does not support calls to raise the retirement age above 65 arguing that it would be unfair to current seniors who have worked for their savings. Obamacare would also have support under the Clinton administration. The healthcare system would be amended to better serve more Americans, as opposed to repealing it entirely.
Lastly, one of her most controversial policies is gun restrictions. Clinton would tighten gun laws, making it more difficult for anyone with a criminal record to get a gun. Background checks would be implemented and ammunition capacities would be set.
The latest update shows Hillary Clinton has taken New Mexico.
This means she now has 104 votes, putting her just behind trump who has 138 votes.
The biggest ‘swing state’, Florida is still being said to be too close to call.
With many results left to come in the race isn’t quite over yet.
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Trump takes six more states: Texas, Wyoming, South Dakota, North Dakota, Nebraska and Louisiana.
Clinton takes New York and Connecticut.
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Clinton takes eight more states:
Trump takes four:
With the early results coming in from 12am (BST), the country is on the edge of their seats, watching, waiting, waiting to see who will take the initial lead.
So far the results show Trump has taken the majority of votes in two states, Indiana and Kentucky. Trump won in Indiana with a massive 67.4% of the votes along with 68.6% of the votes in Kentucky. He has also won West Virginia
Clinton so far has taken only one state, Vermont with the figures on just how big the lead was to still be confirmed.
The results for many states including the biggest ‘Swing State’, Florida are yet to be confirmed.
It has been announced that Trump has taken West Virginia with 5 electoral votes.
It was predicted that west Virginia would swing to the republicans.
Trump has now got 24 electoral votes over Clinton’s 3 in the 270 needed to win.
At just gone midnight, the UK has received news from CNN that Trump has won Indiana and Kentucky, while Clinton takes Vermont.
Polls have now closed in Georgia, South Carolina and Virginia. Results await.
North Carolina has had problems and both parties appealed for an extended time, so voting continues.
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