Joe Biden and Donald Trump make final pitches to voters – LIVE

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illions of Americans are going to the polls as president Donald Trump tries to fight off his Democrat challenger Joe Biden in the race to the White House.

Nearly 100 million Americans have cast their ballots early, and now it falls to election day for voters to finish the job, ending a campaign that was reshaped by the coronavirus and defined by tensions over who could best deal with the pandemic.

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Let’s take a look back at that shock 2016 result

Despite winning the popular vote by almost three million, Hillary Clinton suffered a convincing defeat to Donald Trump in the crucial Electoral College vote:

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Let’s take a moment to compare the candidates two pinned tweets

Pinning a tweet places it at the top of a Twitter user’s profile, making it the first thing a visitor to their page sees.

Here’s Joe Biden’s:

And here’s Donald Trump’s:

If Twitter views were a reflection of popularity among voters, Mr Trump would win the election hands down.

Mr Biden’s video, posted 10 hours ago, has 1.4 million views. 

Mr Trump’s, posted 14 hours ago, has 23.1 million.

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This is interesting from leading pollster site FiveThirtyEight…

The gender gap is widening, with men increasingly less inclined to vote Democrat:

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Judge orders sweep of mail processing facilities for delayed ballots

A judge ordered the US Postal Service to sweep mail processing facilities on Tuesday afternoon for delayed election ballots and immediately dispatch any for delivery in about a dozen states, including closely-fought battlegrounds like Pennsylvania and Florida.

USPS data showed about 300,000 ballots that were received for mail processing did not have scans confirming their delivery to election authorities. While ballots may be delivered without scans, voting rights groups fear mail delays could cause at least some of those votes to be disqualified.

The ruling came in response to lawsuits brought by groups including Vote Forward, the NAACP, and Latino community groups.

Affected by the order are central Pennsylvania, northern New England, greater South Carolina, south Florida, Colorado, Arizona, Alabama and Wyoming, as well as the cities of Atlanta, Houston, Philadelphia, Detroit, and Lakeland, Florida.

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In New York, voters are preparing for a long night…

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It’s been one of the most bitterly fought US elections – with no love lost between the Republican and Democrat candidates. Here is what Donald Trump and Joe Biden have had to say about it 

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‘Jesus is my saviour, Trump is my president’

Trump supports are being very vocal in Washington including Richard Stoffel, 77, who compared Donald Trump to Jesus Christ.

Wearing a Trump 2020 cap and a T-shirt reading “Jesus is my saviour, Trump is my president,” he praised the president for “bringing us back to our roots”.

“And he’s cleaning the swamp,” said Mr Stoffel, who described his occupation as “prayer warrior”.

“He’s doing the right thing, he’s brave. Like Jesus, he does the right thing no matter what the cost.”

Mr Stoffel said he is sure Mr Trump will win another term and predicted he would serve another four years after that, despite the constitution limiting a president to two terms.

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Supporters of Biden and Trump gather at White House

Supporters of both Donald Trump and Joe Biden have gathered near Lafayette Square in downtown DC, a stone’s throw from the White House.

The area is at the heart of US power and nearby buildings include the FBI headquarters and the Treasury Department.

The street leading up to Lafayette Square was renamed Black Lives Matter Plaza Northwest in June and signs supporting the movement are plentiful.

Many businesses in downtown DC are boarded up in preparation for any unrest on election night while the White House itself is protected by a fence preventing anyone getting close.

There was a carnival atmosphere on Tuesday afternoon as supporters of Mr Trump and Mr Biden mixed without trouble, while a band performed and preachers delivered street sermons.

Here a  man wearing a Joe Biden shirt poses for a friend taking photos on Black Live Matter Plaza.

( A man wearing a Joe Biden shirt poses for a friend taking photos on Black Live Matter Plaza near Lafayette Square on Election Day in Washington, DC on November 3 / AFP via Getty Images )
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Results delay in North Carolina after technical problems

Results in North Carolina are set to be delayed by at least 45 minutes, after the state’s elections board agreed to keep four polling stations open for longer due to technical problems earlier in the day.

Each site will make up for the delay in opening in the morning, with one centre’s opening for an additional three-quarters of an hour.

The state was due to begin reporting results at 19:30 local time (00:30 GMT), but will now wait until the final voting location has closed before making any announcement.

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Here’s everything you need to know about the election tonight

We’ve put together a go-to guide to the US election