Sunday 11 December 2016

The great divide: America decides

Kevin Doyle in New York

Published 08/11/2016 | 02:30

The fate of US presidential nominees Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump is now in the hands of millions of Americans voting today Picture: Reuters
The fate of US presidential nominees Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump is now in the hands of millions of Americans voting today Picture: Reuters

There's no middle-ground in America any more.

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Words such as 'unity' and 'together', which we usually associate with election season, have been replaced by a narrative of hate and intolerance in this bizarre US presidential election.

A divided nation will elect a new president today. The latest line of attack from Donald Trump's supporters is on the early voting system that operates in some states.

It feeds into the narrative that the election is rigged for Hillary Clinton.

Statistics from Florida, Nevada, Georgia, North Carolina and Arizona all show a significant increase in the 'sleeping giant' of minorities voters in the 30 million votes already counted.

Minorities are likely to be Ms Clinton voters.

The latest polls show Ms Clinton ahead by about three points.

Irish Independent

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