Former first lady and U.S, Secretary of State is attempting to become the first elected female president, but challenger Donald Trump has captured his fair number of states heading late into the night.
Hillary, a Democrat from New York, trailed Trump, a Republican, early after polls closed in the Eastern and Central time zones. The lead for Electoral College votes went back and forth throughout the night.
Trump had a lead of 232 Electoral College votes to Clinton’s 209 and led in the popular vote by about 1.5 million voters at press time.
Locally in Nevada, Clinton was leading Trump by 45,000 votes. Trump defeated Clinton in Lyon (9,636-3,741) and Churchill 7,553-2,036) counties.
More than a year of campaigning came to an end Tuesday as millions of Americans voted for either Democrat Hillary Clinton, Republican Donald Trump, Libertarian Gary Johnson or Green Party candidate, Jill Stein.
Jumping into the campaign in June 2015, Trump quickly became a front-runner for his party’s nomination. In what started out as a big field of Republicans seeking the nomination, Trump was the final candidate standing after the primary season as his remaining rival suspended their campaigns.
Trump’s platform includes renegotiation of U.S.–China trade deals, opposition to particular trade agreements such as NAFTA and the Trans-Pacific Partnership, stronger enforcement of immigration laws together with building a wall along the U.S.–Mexico border, reform of veterans’ care, repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act, and tax cuts. Following the November 2015 Paris attacks, Trump called for a temporary ban on Muslim immigration to the United States, later stating that the ban would focus instead on countries with a proven history of terrorism, until the screening of potential terrorists is improved.
Clinton has served as the first lady of Arkansas when her husband, Bill Clinton, was governor. After he was elected president in November 1992, she was the nation’s first lady for two terms.
In 2000, she successfully ran for the Senate seat in New York State and was re-elected in 2006. In 2008, she opposed President Barack Obama in the presidential primary race, bowing out in June. After he was elected, she served as secretary of state.