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    Donald Trump was booed as he arrived to cast his ballot at a polling booth in Midtown, Manhattan on Election Day.

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    While you may have studied the ballot propositions through and through, and understand exactly where your candidates stand on all of the issues, knowing whether there's going to be a harpist at your polling place can be a bit of a question mark.

    There was, of course, a musician playing the harp at Luxe Hotel Sunset Boulevard back on Election Day in 2014. And other polling places around the country have sometimes incorporated live music, of the calming, string-sweet variety, to help those in the queue maintain a contemplative, ready-to-vote state.

    So what does 2016 hold in the polling place add-on realm?

    The Sunset Boulevard hotel is once again the cast-your-vote location for Brentwood denizens in precincts 9001354A and 9001364A, but this time a yoga instructor shall be at the ready, the better to help voters with a few breathing exercises and simple poses.

    Small bites and refreshments will be nearby, and, instead of a harp this year, listen for the lovely tones of the sitar.

    Across town, and downtown, the polling place at Cornerstone Theater Company will take on a poetic mien for Election Day. The troupe is coming together with RENT Poet and the Melrose Poetry Bureau to offer "one-on-one creative writing workshops..." built "...around the theme, 'what does it mean to vote'?"

    If you prefer the visual arts to express yourself, there shall be art supplies at the ready. Nearby, The Pie Hole will have gratis coffee to those rocking the all-important "I Voted" sticker, as well as pieces of pie for sale (round up on your bill and help out the Cornerstone Theater Company).

    So what creative exercises or meditation-focused happenings might your assigned polling place hold on Tuesday, Nov. 8?

    Perhaps it will simply and nobly hold the hallowed hum of the electorate making their choices.

    And perhaps the sights you'll see there will include proud voters sticking their "I Voted" sticker on their collars as they quickly exit in order to give other people in line the chance to have their say at the ballot box.

    Breathe in, breathe out. And vote.



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    A couple of polling places, like the one at Cornerstone Theater Company, will offer relaxation or art-making opportunities to voters on Tuesday, Nov. 8.A couple of polling places, like the one at Cornerstone Theater Company, will offer relaxation or art-making opportunities to voters on Tuesday, Nov. 8.

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    Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump was met with boos as he went into his midtown Manhattan polling location to cast his ballot on Tuesday.

    Video from the scene shows dozens of bystanders jeering and shouting "Go home!" at the billionaire businessman, his wife Melania and his daughter Ivanka as they walked into P.S. 59 at about 11 a.m. 

    Across the street, many cheered, including a group of construction workers on a job. 

    Video from inside the East 56th Street school was much quieter, showing Trump talking with children and voters before filling out his ballot. He even gave one boy some cash before heading to check in with elections officials.

    The scene was a far cry from Chappaqua, where Hillary and Bill Clinton voted. There, spectators crowded around and took photos as the former secretary of state and president both headed to cast their votes.

    It wasn't the only notable Election Day scene at P.S. 59, either. Earlier that morning, two topless women barged into the polling room and started shouting "Out of our polls, Trump!"

    Both women were later charged with electioneering.



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    Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump headed into a Manhattan school Tuesday with his wife Melania to cast his vote.

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    Donald Trump has repeatedly criticized the presidential election as rigged and refused to commit to conceding if he loses the race.

    As Election Day begins, some are asking what would happen if Trump loses and declines to concede.

    The answer is: Nothing.

    There is no legal or constitutional requirement that a losing candidate publicly concede, experts told NBC News.

    A refusal to concede in the face of a clear loss would certainly be unusual — and probably controversial — but it would not impact the formal results in any way.



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    Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a rally on October 22, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio.Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a rally on October 22, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio.

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    A grassroots campaign is calling for people to #WearWhiteToVote to show support at the polls for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and those women who fought for the right to vote a century ago. 

    Social media users are using the hashtag on Election Day to show solidarity for the first woman candidate of a major political party.

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    White has a history of symbolism with women’s suffrage and was the color of the pantsuit that Clinton wore when she accepted her nomination at the Democratic National Convention in July.

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    By no coincidence, white was also one of the of the official colors of the National Woman’s Party.

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    Self proclaimed “Centenarian for Hillary” Jerry Emmett wore white when she voted for Clinton last week in Arizona’s early voting. At age 102, she was born before the 19th Amendment was passed, which gave women the right to vote.

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    Another form of showing solidarity for Clinton at the polls has been women wearing her signature look: the pantsuit. Clinton supporters are participating in another grassroots campaign, #PantSuitNation, by mirroring Clinton's power outfit. 

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    In this file photo, democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton waves to delegates before speaking during the final day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, July 28, 2016.In this file photo, democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton waves to delegates before speaking during the final day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, July 28, 2016.

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    Republican vice presidential candidate Mike Pence spoke to workers on his way to vote Tuesday. He told reporters after he cast his ballot that it was humbling to vote for himself.

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    Ever taken a ride with a billionaire? Well, if you live anywhere near Omaha, Nebraska, here's your chance.

    Warren Buffett is offering lifts to the polling places via trolley to encourage those who want to vote but don't have easy access to transportation.

    Buffett, a staunch Hillary Clinton supporter, said he is offering rides to voters who need a lift via trolley in Omaha as part of his "Drive 2 Vote" campaign. Buffett said the goal of the initiative is to have the highest percentage of turnout in any district of the country — regardless of party.



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    File photo of  Warren Buffet participating in a discussion during the White House Summit on the United State Of Women June 14, 2016 in Washington, DC. The White House hosts the first ever summit to push for gender equality.File photo of Warren Buffet participating in a discussion during the White House Summit on the United State Of Women June 14, 2016 in Washington, DC. The White House hosts the first ever summit to push for gender equality.

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    Polls have opened across America and so have the floodgates for political social media posts and non-stop news coverage. You feel your only options are to obsessively check the polls or dive under the covers.

    But experts say there are good ways to deal with Election Day stress. Here are five positive behaviors:

    1. Do something healthy, like take a walk or talk to a friend.

    2. Reduce your exposure to news and social media. It is good to do this on Election Day and in the days following.

    3. Don't argue with others.

    4. Take a breath or practice other mindfulness exercises.

    5. Be proactive and vote.



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    Presidential nominees Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton campaign aggressively in the final hours before election day.Presidential nominees Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton campaign aggressively in the final hours before election day.

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    Someone vandalized Washington, D.C.'s World War II Memorial -- a somber gathering place for the shrinking number of World War II vets around the nation -- by spraying it with spray paint over the weekend.

    The paint can be seen at the base of the North Dakota pillar. The Hill and the West Fargo, North Dakota Pioneer said the graffiti may say "#NoDAPL."

    That's a hashtag that has been used by people opposed to the Dakota Access Pipeline project. Native American groups, environmentalists and others have been protesting the $3.8 billion pipeline, which is meant to carry North Dakota oil through South Dakota and Iowa to a shipping point in Illinois. 

    Ironically, the state-named pillars that ring the World War II memorial are meant to "celebrate the unprecedented unity of the nation" during World War II, according to the monument's website.

    The World War II monument is one of the most popular destinations for the Honor Flight network, which flies veterans to monuments so they can visit and reflect on their service to the nation.

    The Park Service said the vandalism happened sometime before 10 a.m. Monday. Anyone with information should contact investigators at 202-610-7500.

    The Park Service said it had already used a "light paint stripper" to begin removing the graffiti, and that it had removed "a significant portion of the damage."

    "Applications will continue until the marking is no longer detectable," the Park Service said in a press release.



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    The North Dakota pillar of the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C., after the National Park Service had already begun to repair graffiti that someone spray-painted on it this weekend.The North Dakota pillar of the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C., after the National Park Service had already begun to repair graffiti that someone spray-painted on it this weekend.

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    Donald Trump said at his Manhattan polling place Tuesday that he was feeling confident about the outcome, but social media users thought the GOP presidential nominee seemed less certain about who his wife was voting for. 

    For a quick moment the Republican presidential candidate was seen on video glancing toward Melania as they cast their ballots side by side. 

    Many on social media thought he was trying to peer into her booth.

    "When you trust your wife to vote for you, but not really," one person joked in a tweet. 

    "When you know you got the right answer but you just checking your friend's test to make sure," another person said. 

    Trump was also joined at the polling place by daughter Ivanka, and son-in-law Jared Kushner.

    The Trump family was greeted with boos as they arrived. But across the street many cheered, including a group of construction workers on the job, according to NBC News.



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    Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump looks at his wife Melania as they cast their votes at PS-59, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016, in New York.Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump looks at his wife Melania as they cast their votes at PS-59, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016, in New York.

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    While the race for the White House has dominated national headlines, control of the U.S. Senate also is at stake on Tuesday.  

    There are 54 Republicans and 44 Democrats now in the Senate, with two independents, including former presidential candidate Bernie Sanders of Vermont, who caucus with Democrats.

    On Election Day, 24 seats held by Republicans, and 10 held by Democrats, are on the ballot.

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    To take control of the Senate, Democrats need to gain four seats if Hillary Clinton wins the presidency (and VP Tim Kaine could cast a tie-breaking vote), or five if she loses.  

    Here are key Senate races to keep track of Tuesday night:

    Illinois: Polls show Republican incumbent Mark Kirk trailing Democratic Rep. Tammy Duckworth. Kirk has held the seat since 2010. He's become the most vulnerable incumbent in the race, dealing with the effects of a 2012 stroke, and facing a strong opponent in Duckworth.

    Duckworth, a veteran who lost both legs in Iraq, raised more money than Kirk.

    Kirk has made waves more than once during this year's election.

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    In June, he renounced his support for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.

    Last month, he sparked controversy when questioning the Duckworth family's military service during a debate after she said her family has served going back to the American Revolution. 

    "I had forgotten that your parents came all the way from Thailand to serve George Washington," Kirk said.

    Duckworth's mother is a Thai immigrant. Her father served in World War II and has lineage traced back to a family member who fought in the American Revolution. 

    Kirk later apologized.

    Wisconsin: Russ Feingold, a former Democratic senator who lost his seat in 2010, has a small lead in the polls against Republican incumbent Ron Johnson. 

    If Feingold beats Johnson, it will be the first time since 1934 that a senator who was voted out came back six year later to defeat a former rival, NBC News reported. 

    Pennsylvania: A close race is unfolding as Republican incumbent Pat Toomey is up against Democrat Katie McGinty, a former chief of staff to Gov. Tom Wolf. While Democrats portray Toomey as being too conservative, McGinty hasn't always connected well with voters.

    Toomey hasn't endorsed or disavowed Trump. When pressed on the issue during a debate, Toomey said, "I don't think my constituents care that much how one person is going to vote." 

    Indiana: The race is shaping up to be tight as the state's Republican incumbent, Dan Coats, is retiring. Running for his seat are former Democratic senator Evan Bayh and Rep. Todd Young, a Republican.

    Bayh, the son of longtime senator Birch Bayh, energized Democrats when he announced a run to reclaim the seat he gave up in 2010. However, his opponent and Young's allies have painted Bayh as an opportunist who cashed in on his Senate experience by working at a Washington, D.C. lobbying firm. A story from early October detailed the former senator's efforts to find a private sector job during his final year in the Senate. 

    Missouri: Republican incumbent Roy Blunt is facing Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander, a Democrat. According to Real Clear Politics' polling average, Blunt, who has held the seat since 2010, holds a narrow lead over Kander, a former military intelligence officer.

    Nevada: With Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid retiring, polls show a close race shaping up between Rep. Joe Heck (R) and Catherine Cortez Masto (D), the state's former attorney general. 

    While the race is a chance for Republicans to pick up a seat held by Democrats, Trump's controversial comments combined with the state's high Hispanic population have given Democrats hope.

    New Hampshire: The Senate race between Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R) and Gov. Maggie Hassan (D) has been getting national attention as both presidential candidates and their surrogates have campaigned in New Hampshire. Ayotte found herself in a difficult position in early October, after saying that she would call Trump a role model for children. While she later said she "misspoke," Hassan's campaign seized the comment as an opportunity, calling it "a revealing moment that she [Ayotte] cannot take back." Polls show Ayotte with a slim lead against Hassan.

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    North Carolina: Democrats are hopeful that former state representative and American Civil Liberties Union lawyer Deborah Ross will defeat Republican senator Richard Burr. Republicans have been using Ross' record as a lawyer at the ACLU in an attempt to discredit her. Polls predict a close race.

    Florida: Senator and former presidential candidate Marco Rubio (R) is fighting for his seat against Rep. Patrick Murphy (D). Rubio first said he would not seek re-election, but reversed that decision after dropping out of the presidential race, much to Republicans' delight. According to polls, Rubio has the edge.  

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    While Rubio is known for his rocky relationship with Trump and frustration with the Senate, his opponent has had missteps. Murphy's been accused of touting pieces of his resume too much, and relying on his wealthy family for donations, NBC News reported. 

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    Other Races to Watch and the Comey Effect:
    Two other races that are important to watch, but are likely to remain in Republican hands, are in Arizona and Ohio.

    Sen. John McCain (R) is working to hold off a challenge from Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick (D) in Arizona. McCain has held the seat since 1986 and is doing well, according to polls. Kirkpatrick has come down on McCain for his support of Trump. Though he originally endorsed Trump, McCain later renounced him.  

    In Ohio, polls show Sen. Rob Portman (R) leading his opponent, Ted Strickland, a former Democratic governor. Strickland has made some gaffes during the election, including saying that Justice Antonin Scalia’s death "happened at a good time."

    If Democrats win the Senate and, in a longshot, the House, it will be the first time since 1952 that both chambers of Congress flipped during a presidential election year.

    Another interesting possibility in this election: The number of women in the Senate will likely increase from 20, with females on the ballot in several states. 

    And while races are tight in multiple states, some Democrats are concerned about fallout from FBI Director James Comey's letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee announcing the FBI was reviewing a new set of emails in the probe into Hillary Clinton's private email server. The emails were found in the federal investigation into former New York congressman Anthony Weiner's sexting scandal.

    The FBI review ended nine days later with Comey telling lawmakers the review was over and had not changed his original determination. But Democrats are concerned about the damage to down-ballot candidates, from an emboldened GOP and possible dampened enthusiasm among Democrats. 



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    From left: Evan Bayh, Kelly Ayotte, Pat Toomey and Tammy Duckworth are locked in battleground contests.From left: Evan Bayh, Kelly Ayotte, Pat Toomey and Tammy Duckworth are locked in battleground contests.

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    There’s a reason why Donald Trump’s stumping in New Hampshire Monday while Hillary Clinton holds a family affair in Philadelphia. Their many visits to Florida, North Carolina and Ohio are no coincidence, either.

    Battleground states are going to determine who wins the 2016 election. As the voting returns come in on Tuesday, here are states to watch. 

    Arizona | Electoral College votes: 11
    How it’s looking:
    Arizona is fairly new to the swing-state club. The state hasn’t gone for a Democrat since 1996, and that was an anomaly. But because of its large immigrant and Latino populations, Clinton’s chances are looking better than usual; she’s galvanized more support from the Hispanic population than Obama, and it shows. As college-educated young people move to the south, the voter demography is getting more liberal, and NBC News' battleground map has the state in the tossup category. Still, it will be an upset if Clinton wins Arizona, according to elections forecasts by FiveThirtyEight and The New York Times.

    Counties to watch:
    Maricopa is the fourth most populous county in the United States. It’s gone Republican since 1948.

    Colorado | Electoral College votes: 9
    How it’s looking:
    The NBC News battleground map has Colorado leaning Democratic, bolstered by the suburban and Latino vote. The New York Times and FiveThirtyEight each predict a win for Clinton by several points. 

    Counties to watch:
    While Jefferson County went with Obama in 2008 and 2012, it also gave Bush victories in 2000 and 2004. Arapahoe County, a traditionally Republican area, is turning purple following an influx of immigrants.

    Florida | Electoral College votes: 29
    How it’s looking:
    “Florida, of course, is pretty much the premier big state that’s a swing state,” said Susan MacManus, a University of South Florida professor who specializes in Sunshine State politics. 

    Tied with New York for the third most electoral college votes in the union, Florida is a prized battleground during the general election. A Republican hasn’t won the state since 1992, and, on paper, MacManus says Hillary should nab the victory. But, she continued, “This is hardly an on-paper election.” 

    NBC News' battleground map has Florida listed as a tossup. FiveThirtyEight shows Trump has a bit of an edge, while The New York Times' forecast gives Clinton a small edge.  

    “The last three elections, including the 2012 presidential, the victor has only won Florida by 1 percent or so,” MacManus said. “When you have 1-percent elections, it makes micro-targeting very important and essential, because if you ignore one group and they feel that, you could lose.”

    Trump finds support among Floridians who still feel as if they’re suffering from a bad economy and who are concerned for their family’s safety in relation to perceived terror threats. Meanwhile, Clinton is trying to mobilize the Latino and millennial demographics. The Cuban community in Florida has a reputation for conservatism, but as the younger generations reach voting age, they’re showing a more liberal tendency.

    Even if Florida’s retirees are being replaced by millennials, that doesn’t mean they’ll make it to the voting booths.

    “The younger voters really aren’t that keen on the two-party system,” MacManus said. “Who knows whether they’re going to vote or not.” 

    Counties to watch:
    Hillsborough County, with its seat in Tampa, has correctly chosen the president in every election since 1960, except in 1992. Barack Obama won 53 percent to Mitt Romney’s 46 percent in 2012.

    Orange County in the Orlando area tended red until recent years, and Polk and Pasco are also contentious. Volusia, which used to be a Democratic stronghold, has shown some Republican tendencies lately. 

    Georgia | Electoral college votes: 16
    How it’s looking:
    NBC News moved Georgia from leaning GOP to tossup in its final battleground map, though FiveThirtyEight and The New York Times both predict a Trump win. It’s significant that the state is in contention, which signals a demographic shift. Forty-three percent of the electorate is now college educated, and like North Carolina, liberal white voters have officially made Georgia a battleground.

    Counties to watch:
    Gwinnett County typically goes Republican, but the wealthy suburb northeast of Atlanta may not go Trump's way, NBC News reported. Clayton is an African American nucleus, and Clinton needs high turnout there to even have the potential of a victory in Georgia.

    Iowa | Electoral college votes: 6
    How it’s looking:
    Iowa has gone blue in six out of the last seven elections. So why do The New York Times and FiveThirtyEight have it going red and NBC News leaning GOP this year?

    According to Dennis Goldford, professor of political science at Drake University in Des Moines, there are three reasons. One is that “the Clintons never really established themselves here in Iowa.” Another is that, while some Republicans have distanced themselves from this presidential election, Iowa’s state leadership has been openly supportive of the Trump-Pence ticket. The last is the appeal of Trump’s “Make America Great Again” mantra for rural Iowa.

    “In some ways this election is a growing fight between the expanding, prospering urban segment of America and the declining rural segment,” Goldford said. 

    The Hawkeye State also has a large white, working-class population, especially among the 45-and-up demographic.

    “You have an older electorate in Iowa, and they’re less likely to have a college education, which means they would be more likely to incline toward Donald Trump,” Goldford said. 

    As a manufacturing state, Iowa was hard hit by the great recession.

    “If the country as a whole got a cold, manufacturing caught pneumonia,” Goldford said. That could mean Trump is getting support from his perceived economic prowess and vow to bolster the American manufacturing industry. 

    Counties to watch:
    Polk, Linn, Cedar, Scott, and Black Hawk are more urban counties. “To win statewide, a Democrat needs to roll up big majorities,” Goldford said. In 2012, Obama won both Scott and Polk counties by 56 percent.

    Michigan | Electoral College votes: 16
    How it’s looking:
    Republicans like to call Michigan a battleground state because it can sometimes go red during off years, but a Republican presidential candidate hasn’t won the state since 1988. NBC News reports that Michigan is leaning Democratic and, according to FiveThirtyEight's forecast, Clinton has a big advantage. 

    “There really hasn’t been a point in this campaign where she’s been trailing,” said Susan J. Demas, publisher and editor at Inside Michigan Politics.

    While the Flint water crisis factored heavily in the Democratic primary, it “has really gotten buried on the priority list for both candidates” since July, Demas said.

    Counties to watch:
    Kalamazoo County tends to be a bellwether. Macomb County is fertile ground for Trump, while Clinton seems to be making headway in Oakland and western Michigan. According to Demas, if Clinton wins Oakland — a wealthy Republican county — by double digits, she will “send shockwaves” through the state.

    Nevada | Electoral College votes: 6
    How it’s looking:
    “We’re a bellwether,” said David F. Damore, professor of political science at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. “Every time since ’76, we’ve gone with the winner.”

    In Nevada, neither party has a stronghold. The Democratic organization is almost entirely devoted to longtime Sen. Harry Reid, Damore said, while the Republican base is weak. The state is also 20 percent immigrant and has the smallest native-born population in the United States. Most citizens originate from other states. NBC News' battleground map shows Nevada leaning Democratic. FiveThirtyEight and The New York Times have Clinton and Trump in a tight race, with the edge to Clinton.

    “We have demography that provides both parties with a likelihood of winning,” Damore said.

    Working-class whites make up the conservative support in Nevada. “That’s kind of who the Republican party is here,” Damore said. Trump has played the media well, but he’s done “nothing in terms of ground game at all,” according to Damore.

    Meanwhile, Clinton is targeting white suburban women alongside U.S. Rep. Dina Titus.

    Counties to watch:
    More than 70 perent of the state's population lives in Clark County. “It’s the most concentrated population in a state of this size,” Damore said. Democrats will try to build a firewall around the urban area, which includes Las Vegas. However, Clark historically undervotes, while Nevada’s rural Republican communities tend to comprise more of the vote than their percentage of the population. If things seem tight, Washoe, with its county seat in Reno, is where to look. The county has a slightly higher Republican registration, but it went for Barack Obama in 2012 and could go either way this year.

    New Hampshire | Electoral College votes: 4
    How it’s looking:
    With only four electoral college votes, New Hampshire is seemingly inconsequential. But there’s a reason why candidates have spent so much time and money there: if Al Gore had won the state, he would have been president in 2000. During tight elections, New Hampshire can determine who takes it all.

    NBC News has it in the tossups, where it belongs, according to Neil Levesque, executive director of the New Hampshire Institute of Politics. 

    “It’s neither red nor blue,” said Levesque. “It’s a tossup. And when we do have a definitive race, it’s usually not that definitive.” 

    Clinton has a higher chance of winning the state than Trump, according to FiveThirtyEight and The New York Times. On Monday, President Obama will play surrogate for Clinton in New Hampshire, while Trump will make a personal appearance.

    Counties to watch:
    Londonderry and Hillsborough tend to be bellwethers. Hillsborough is typically a close call. In 2012, Obama won the county by a 2-point margin.

    Ohio | Electoral College votes: 18
    How it’s looking:
    Despite the cast of “The West Wing” campaigning for Clinton in Ohio, Trump has a better chance of winning here than Clinton in FiveThirtyEight's forecast. The New York Times sees a closer race and NBC News has Ohio marked as a tossup. 

    Counties to watch:
    Stark County might split down the middle. In 2012, 49 percent of the vote went to each major candidate. Also look to Hamilton County. The Cincinnati area was a GOP stronghold that broke for Obama in the last two cycles, so Clinton will need to do well there, according to NBC News.  

    Pennsylvania | Electoral College votes: 20
    How it’s looking:
    After the Republican National Convention, Trump’s campaign said it would focus on four battleground states: Florida, North Carolina, Ohio and Pennsylvania.

    “We’re the most Democratic of the four targeted states,” said G. Terry Madonna, director of the Center for Politics and Public Affairs at Franklin and Marshall College.

    Clinton had a “nice lead” in Pennsylvania, said Madonna, until the FBI probe went live two weeks ago. NBC's battleground map has the state leaning Democrat and The New York Times has her a strong favorite. But FiveThirtyEight shows the margin tightening. Recently, Trump’s gained popularity in the suburbs, while Clinton’s target demographics are less than mobilized, Madonna said.  

    Democrats in Pennsylvania have focused efforts on the African American population, 50 percent of which comes from Philadelphia. When Obama was a candidate, 92 to 94 percent of the black vote went to the Democrats, but without his name on the ticket, party leaders are afraid that black voters won’t turn out.

    Millennials also make up 18 to 19 percent of Pennsylvania’s voters, but they’re the least politically engaged age group. Clinton surrogates have been campaigning at universities around the state because “they’re aware of the lack of enthusiasm,” Madonna said. 

    “Trump’s voters are more enthusiastic in our state,” he added.

    Counties to watch:
    Forty percent of votes in Pennsylvania come from six counties: Bucks, Chester, Montgomery, Delaware, Philadelphia and Allegheny. The first four are suburbs of Philadelphia populated by primarily middle class, college educated whites. “Many of them will vote either party depending on the cycle, depending on the candidates, depending on the issues,” Madonna said. In 2009, Obama won Bucks by 1 percent; Romney claimed Chester by the same margin.

    Utah | Electoral College votes: 6
    How it’s looking:
    “Utah and Arizona are clearly new battlegrounds, ones that we don’t usually include in that list,” said Larry Sabato, editor-in-chief of the Crystal Ball website, which is run by the University of Virginia Center for Politics. 

    Utah tends to vote Republican. In 2012, all six electoral college votes went to Romney. But because of the state’s Mormon faction, this election cycle is proving a different beast.

    “Utah I would call a special case,” said Will Jordan, elections editor at YouGov. “The Mormon population were very reluctant to support Trump in the primary, and that’s followed through to the general election.”

    Clinton has a single digit possibility of winning Utah’s electoral college votes, according to FiveThirtyEight's forecast, but Trump is finding unlikely competition from independent candidate Evan McMullin, a conservative Mormon.

    NBC News moved Utah from tossup to lean Republican in its final battleground map.

    Counties to watch:
    Summit County is the only one that went blue in 2008. Romney swept Utah in 2012.

    Virginia | Electoral College votes: 13
    How it’s looking:
    “Virginia’s one of the less competitive battlegrounds this year,” Sabato said of the state that NBC News reports "Leans Democrat."

    According to FiveThirtyEight’s state predictions, Clinton has a comfortable advantage. Some of her popularity in Old Dominion can be attributed to her running mate, Tim Kaine, who is one of Virginia’s incumbent senators and served as governor from 2006 to 2010. 

    Counties to watch:

    While northern Virginia is traditionally more liberal than the rest of the state, Prince William County, the second most populous in Virginia, may sway Republican because of its suburban base. Virginia Beach could also prove dicey for Democrats. 

    Wisconsin | Electoral College votes: 10 
    How it’s looking:
    Despite a working class electorate, FiveThirtyEight and The New York Times forecast a Clinton victory, and NBC News has Wisconsin leaning Democratic.

    Counties to watch:
    Waukesha County, a suburb west of Milwaukee, is very white, and very Republican. As a liberal base, Dane County should help Clinton along, but careful: third party candidates could eat into her lead, according to NBC News. 



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    Democrat Hillary Clinton (L) and Republican Donald Trump.Democrat Hillary Clinton (L) and Republican Donald Trump.

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    Protests were held in Oakland, California and Portland, Oregon after Donald Trump was elected President of the United States early Wednesday. (Nov. 9)

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    Sticking mostly to the teleprompter, Donald Trump had a message of unity on Nov. 9, when he spoke as president-elect. “Ours was not a campaign but rather an incredible and great movement,” Trump said. "It's a movement comprised of Americans from all races, religions, backgrounds and beliefs who want and expect our government to serve the people -- and serve the people it will."

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    Donald J. Trump emerged as the president-elect early Wednesday morning after reaching 278 electoral votes. Americans took to social media to share their Election Day photos and thoughts on the historic campaign and outcome.

    Voters shared their poll experiences on Twitter. Parents brought their children into voting booths and tweeted images with #FamilyVote. 

    Some voters stood in line for hours as others tweeted #WearWhiteToVote. The hashtag surfaced to bring attention to the past struggle of suffragists who championed a woman's right to vote, as well as Hillary Clinton's run for the presidency. 

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    As the first female nominee of a major party, Clinton's campaign slogan #ImWithHer clashed with Donald Trump's #MAGA (Make America Great Again) throughout the campaign. Here's some of the top tweets from Election Day:

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    Taking the stage to chants of “USA! USA!” Donald Trump addressed both his supporters and the nation as the president-elect of the United States, noting that he received a call from Secretary Clinton conceding the race to him. He said she has worked very hard and long. "We owe her a major debt of gratitude for her service to our country," Trump said of Clinton. "I mean that very sincerely. Now it’s time for America to bind the wounds of division."

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    As Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's path to victory looked more imminent on Election Night, the Canadian government's immigration and citizenship website began to experience sporadic outages.

    An error message on the website stated, “there is a problem with the resource you are looking for, and it cannot be displayed.” Meanwhile, Google searches for "How can I move to Canada" had surged on election night.

    Twitter users suggested it was the result of Americans flooding the site to inquire about packing up for a life in the Great White North. The social media site was flooded with posts, memes and gifs from dismayed voters threatening to leave the United States.

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    The site also crashed earlier this year during the primaries after Trump's dominant performance on Super Tuesday. At the same time, Google Trends reported a spike in the search term, “How can I move to Canada.”

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    Trump's stronger-than-expected performance in key battleground statesstunned the Clinton campaign, which was clinging to faint hopes as the election of the nation's 45th president neared its frenzied conclusion: Clinton calling Trump to concede the election.



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    Republican Donald Trump defeated Democrat Hillary Clinton in a stunner of a presidential race that was called around 3 a.m. on Wednesday. 

    Despite the race being called so late, newspapers were still able to spread the word of the winning candidate. Many shared their front pages on Twitter. 

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    See how they reported the news:

    Here are The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, New York Daily News, The Washington Post, Miami Herald, USA Today, Liberation, El Periodico, The Daily Telegraph, The Herald Sun, Noticia and Milenio.

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    The Seattle Times

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    For more historic front pages, check out the list compiled by the Newseum in Washington, D.C.

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    Paraguay's newspaper covers are on display at a kiosk with headlines reading in Spanish Paraguay's newspaper covers are on display at a kiosk with headlines reading in Spanish "Trump Won," "Trump victory that shakes the world," and "Trump is President of The United States" with pictures of President-elect Donald Trump, Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016, in Asuncion, Paraguay.

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    Donald Trump's supporters flooded social media with congratulatory messages as news organizations called the Republican candidate the winner about 2:30 a.m. Wednesday. The long, contentious presidential race came to a stunning end as pollsters had erroneously predicted Hillary Clinton would win. 

    "I just received a call from Secretary Clinton. She congratulates us, it's about us," Trump said at Trump Headquarters in New York City. His supporters cheered after hearing Clinton had conceded.

    As Trump sealed the deal to become the 45th president of the United States after surpassing 270 electoral votes, the #TrumpTrain celebrated on Twitter. Supporters used #MAGA (Make America Great Again) and #DrainTheSwamp to flood social media timelines. 

    On Election Day, Trump steadily dominated the candidate share of the conversation on social media, according to Facebook. In Florida, for example, Trump captured 52 percent of the conversation on Facebook, compared to Hillary Clinton's 48 percent. Clinton was not able to recover online nor at the polls.   

    Read some of the Trump victory tweets here: 

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    Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally on Oct. 27, 2016, in Springfield, Ohio.Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally on Oct. 27, 2016, in Springfield, Ohio.

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