1. US Presidential Elections 2016: Poll night in America – step-by-step in 5 points

US Presidential Elections 2016: Poll night in America – step-by-step in 5 points

The race for the 45th US President has been entered in the final phase and Americans are ready for a long Election Night and future of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton is at a stake. At this crucial stage here's all you need to know about US Presidential Election:

By: | Updated: November 7, 2016 2:12 PM
An empty podium is seen after a campaign rally by U.S. Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton in Cleveland. (Reuters) An empty podium is seen after a campaign rally by U.S. Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton in Cleveland. (Reuters)

The race for the 45th US President has been entered in the final phase and Americans are ready for a long Election Night and future of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton is at a stake. At this crucial stage here’s all you need to know about US Presidential Election:

To the way to White House one nationwide election is not enough, 51 small ones — in the 50 states and the US capital Washington decide the future of presidential candidates.

After the results, they will form an electoral map that colours each state red for the Republicans and blue for the Democrats.

In the months-long race, the winner needs at least 270 of the 538 electoral votes up for grabs.

The first polling stations close on the East Coast at 7:00 pm (0000 GMT Wednesday), and the last far out in Alaska at 0600 GMT Wednesday.

The drama begins at 0000 GMT when polling stations close in Georgia, South Carolina, Vermont, Indiana and Kentucky.

Over the next 90 minutes or so, a burst of results from some 30 states accounting for dozens of electoral votes will further fill in the red and blue electoral map.

All eyes will be on Florida — an ethnically and politically mixed snapshot of America that accounts for a whopping 29 electoral votes. Barack Obama won it narrowly in 2012.

US TV stations announce winners in each state one by one through partial vote tallies, exit polls and their own projections. They tend not to bother to wait for word from heavily Democratic California and its 55 votes, where polls close at 0400 GMT, to call the race on who will be the next president.

(With AFP inputs)

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