"Polls have opened across the east coast of the United States as millions of Americans go to the polls to choose between Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, or a third party outsider.
As voting began in the early hours of Tuesday morning in New Hampshire, Hillary Clinton's lead in the polls solidified, with the RCP poll average showing the Democrat nominee up three points.
The village of Dixville Notch, which has just eight voters, became the first in the nation to declare. Shortly after midnight local time, Mrs Clinton won the village with four votes. Donald Trump received two votes, with another going to Gary Johnson, the Libertarian. One voter chose to forgo the candidates on offer and cast a vote for Mitt Romney, the 2012 GOP candidate.
The final, frenzied hours of campaigning on Monday saw stars galore and mad dashes to key swing states – including, notably, Michigan, which Democrats have conceded they might lose.
"Hopefully it's relatively calm. Hopefully it doesn't blow up. But this hasn't been a regular election year," said Wendy Weiser, head of the democracy program at the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU's Law School." The Telegraph
It looks to me that Hillary Clinton will be president, faute de mieux.
This presidency will be marked by a continuation and intensification of an aggressive US foreign policy driven by neocon and Zionist interests and the apparently genetic impulse of the US Navy to dominate the Pacific Ocean area. This means that the US is likely to re-engage massively in the Middle East to resolve the wars in Syria and Iraq to Clinton's taste. This re-engagement will lead to the re-introduction of conventional US ground forces to the region if Clinton experiences frustration of her expectation of the hegemony of her instrument for discipline of the world. That instrument is, of course, the US and its armed forces. The advisers, trainers, pilots, logistics people presently committed to the anti-IS and anti-Syrian government fights are obviously insufficient to bring the results that she wants. She will not accept failure of her dreams for a new kind of world community. All of that means that US soldiers will start bleeding again in large numbers.
Domestically she will attempt to drive the country to the left in its social mores while simultaneously feeding the beast on Wall Street. People in the rentier/investor class like me will make money.
Control of the Senate of the United States will be crucial and momentous in the Clinton II years. If she has it, she will sculpt a federal judiciary that will enforce her will. If she does not have control of the senate, she faces the prospect of impeachment and conviction by a Republican controlled House of Representatives and Senate. They will want her blood and she would be lucky in that circumstance to reach the end of her term.