US elections 2016: It’s a big victory for Republican Donald Trump in Florida. In a nail-biting finish Trump stole swing state Florida away from arch rival Democrat Hillary Clinton. Trump, who needed to win in key battleground states including Florida in order to chart a viable course to the White House, sent out a 11th hour tweet saying the election was far from over. “Don’t let up, keep getting out to vote – this election is FAR FROM OVER! We are doing well but there is much time left. GO FLORIDA!” he tweeted in the evening.
Meanwhile, projections indicate that Donald Trump has taken the lead with three thumping wins in Indiana, Kentucky and West Virginia. Democrat Hillary Clinton has bagged Vermont, reported CNN. Voting is still underway in some areas of the US, and all eyes are on America to deliver a landmark verdict. Meanwhile, reports suggest that former Republican President George W Bush and his wife, Laura, did not cast a vote for US president but did vote for Republicans in down-ballot races. “They voted ‘None of the Above’ for president,” a spokesman for Bush said. In a break from custom, neither George W Bush, president from 2001 to 2009, nor his father, former Republican President George H.W. Bush, endorsed the Republican nominee for president, Trump.
Hillary or Trump will preside over an improving economy that is nevertheless leaving many behind and a military battling new terror threats. Financial markets, betting exchanges and online trading platforms largely predicted a Clinton win, although Trump’s team says he can pull off an upset victory like the June “Brexit” vote to pull Britain out of the European Union. Interestingly, global gurus Marc Faber and Jim Rogers feel that Trump stands a decent chance of making it to the White House.
A win for Trump could shake some of the basic building blocks of American foreign policy, such as the NATO alliance and free trade, and reverse some of Obama’s domestic achievements such as his 2010 healthcare law. Into the equation have been thrown a lot of animals and fish to try and predict the winner. While some of these creatures have picked Hillary Clinton (Tiger), Trump gets more backing by others (fish, monkey and polar bear).