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Update: Hillary Clinton won Minnesota, increasing her electoral vote total to 228. Donald Trump won the election with 289 electoral votes.  On Thursday, Nov. 10, Michigan and New Hampshire had not yet announced a winner. 

The 2016 race that began 595 days ago and involved 22 major candidates is expected to end Tuesday as millions of voters head to the polls across the U.S. to cast their ballots for president, vice president, their representatives in Congress and other elected officials.

On Monday, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, a former secretary of state and former first lady, held a small 4-percentage-point lead over GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump, according to a CBS News poll measuring the state of the race before the polls opened. Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Virginia, is Clinton's vice presidential nominee and Republican Gov. Mike Pence is Trump's running mate. Libertarian Gary Johnson and Green Party candidate Jill Stein are two independent candidates who will appear on some or all ballots. Evan McMullin is another independent candidate who could perform well in his home state of Utah.

In order to win the presidency, a candidate must win 270 electoral votes — a majority of the 538 electors. CBS News will be watchingn 13 battleground states: Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Michigan, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin.

1:36 p.m. ET Retired four-star General Michael Hayden told CBS News that Trump doesn't fit "into the intelligence picture."

"Look, I think it's fair to say that he's become the president-elect by showing anger, by being accusatory, frankly, not being all that fact-based and scapegoating real and imagined enemies," Hayden said. "None of that fits into the intelligence picture – that's very alien to the way intelligence comes at an issue. And unless he has a conversation with what I call the fact-based, inductive, world-as-it-is people and they have a meaningful dialogue, I fear he's going to continue to act on this other set of beliefs and that's going to be very bad for America and for the world."

Throughout the election season, Hayden was a frequent and outspoken critic of Trump. The former NSA and CIA director was among 50 national security officials who signed a letter in September warning that Trump was a "risk" to the country's national security.

--CBS News' Julia Boccagno

1:24 p.m. ET A trove of notable and outspoken Republicans who initially opposed Trump have begun to send congratulatory messages to the president-elect via Twitter.

Here are a few:

--CBS News' Julia Boccagno

12:30 p.m. ET Hillary Clinton spoke before a crowd of weeping supporters and shocked campaign staffers, formally conceding to Trump.  

Despite the undesired outcome, Clinton urged Americans to approach the Trump administration with "an open mind and a chance to lead." She offered to work with Trump on behalf of the country, but also admitted that the sting of this loss will painful for quite some time. 

Clinton expressed great gratitude to family members, staffers, Americans, and the first family for their relentless support. "...being your candidate has been one of the greatest honors of my life," she said.

--CBS News' Julia Boccagno

12:12 p.m. ET Hours after the election dust settled, House Speaker Paul Ryan celebrated the president-elect in a speech that said Trump would lead a "unified Republican government." 

He also attributed the Republican party's sweeping success in down-ballot races to Mr. Trump. 

"Our House majority is bigger than expected. We won more seats than many people expected," Ryan said. "Much of that is thanks to Donald Trump." It was, he said, "the most incredible political feat I have seen in my lifetime."

Despite past bumps in their relationship, Ryan said he's "excited" about their ability to work together in the future.

--CBS News' Julia Boccagno

10:16 a.m. ET Details have been revealed about Trump's first transition briefing, according to two sources familiar with the planning. At the center of discussion was the filing of top cabinet posts.

The plan is to present Trump with top recommendations for cabinet secretaries. The team is also prepared to vet any additional names Trump may mention for consideration.

A few names have circulated throughout the 2016 campaign season, including: RNC Chairman Reince Priebus for Chief of Staff and American businessman Carl Icahn for Treasury Secretary.

The transition team completed all transition binders on schedule last Thursday. They covered cabinet secretaries, domestic and foreign policy, White House operations, timelines for the transition and national security. 

CBS News' Major Garrett

7:34 a.m. ET President Obama extends an invitation to the president-elect Donald Trump to the White House on Thursday Nov. 10. 

According to a White House statement, the meeting is meant to "update" Trump on the transition planning that the president's team "has been working on for nearly a year."

--CBS News' Julia Boccagno

3:12 a.m. ET CBS News projects Trump wins the 2016 presidential election.

3:04 a.m. ET Donald Trump just finished speaking to his reporters at the Hilton hotel in midtown Manhattan, declaring victory in the presidential race and confirming that Clinton had conceded.

"I just received a call from Secretary Clinton. She congratulated us on our victory and I congratulated her and her family on a very, very hard-fought campaign," he said. "To all Republicans and Democrats and independents across this nation, I say it is time for us to come together as one united people."

"I pledge to every citizen of our land that I will be president for all Americans and this is so important to me," he added.

Trump pledged to fix the "inner cities," and rebuild highways, cities, airports, schools and more. 

"We will double our growth and have the strongest economy everywhere in the world," he said. "We must reclaim our country's destiny and dream big and bold and daring."

He thanked all of his family members and advisers as well as the Secret Service.

"To be really historic, we have to do a great job. I look very much forward to being your president," said Trump, who then hinted he might be interested in serving as president for two terms.

-- CBS News' Rebecca Shabad

2:52 a.m. ET CBS News projects that Trump has won Pennsylvania.

2:49 a.m. ET CBS News projects Trump wins Wisconsin.

2:42 a.m. ET CBS News' Major Garrett reports that Clinton called Trump to concede, per a senior Trump aide. The Clinton campaign has not confirmed it yet.

2:21 a.m. ET CBS News projects that Trump wins Maine's 2nd congressional district, which means he's won one electoral vote so far in the state.

2:01 a.m. ET Clinton's campaign chairman John Podesta just came out to speak to reporters at the Javits Center and said they're going to wait it out until the votes are counted.

"It's been a long night and it's been a long campaign. I can say we can wait a little longer. They're still counting votes and every vote should count. We're not going to have anything more to say tonight," he said. 

2:00 a.m. ET CBS News projects Clinton wins Maine.

1:55 a.m. ET Trump effect? Canada's immigration website crashes amid U.S. election uncertainity

The Canadian government website for immigration crashed Tuesday night as Americans on both side of the political divide experienced anxiety over the presidential election. And Google reported web search terms like "Canada immigration" spiked as the GOP candidate did unexpectedly well in the presidential election.

The website went to a 500 Internal Server Error throughout the night Tuesday and into the early hours on Wednesday. 

There was no answer at the Canadian Immigration Services headquarters late Tuesday, so it's unknown if the website's outage is related to nerves from Americans on either side of the political divide.

1:40 a.m. ET Speaker Paul Ryan's spokesman Zack Roday said Ryan called Trump and Pence.

"Speaker Ryan called Donald Trump earlier this evening, and the two had a very good conversation. The speaker congratulated Trump on his big night and also spoke with his good friend Governor Mike Pence."

1:38 a.m. ET When do presidential candidates get recounts?

The presidential race remains tight in several battleground states. Some of those results could be contested if the margins are thin enough when the counting is done. Here are the rules governing some of those states:

In New Hampshire, where the number of votes separating Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump has been as low as 34 votes at one point Tuesday night and remains locked at 47 percent each, the rules are fairly liberal. Any candidate can call for a recount if the margin is within 20 percent.

"Any candidate for whom a vote was cast for any office at a state general election may apply for a recount, provided that the difference between the votes cast for the applying candidate and a candidate declared elected is less than 20 percent of the total votes cast in the towns which comprise the office to be recounted," according to New Hampshire election law.  

Pennsylvania demands a margin of 0.5 percent, and a recount would be triggered by the secretary of state. "A candidate for a public office which appears on the ballot in every election district in this Commonwealth was defeated by one-half of a percent or less of the votes cast for the office," the law says. Nearing 1 a.m. Wednesday morning, Trump led Clinton there 48.5 percent to 47.9 percent.

In Michigan, there's a mandatory recount triggered by a difference of 2,000 votes or less. But any candidate suspecting there's either fraud or a mistake can petition for a recount. At 12:52 a.m., Clinton lagged behind Trump by 52 thousand votes -- 1.785 million to 1.837 million.

Like Michigan, Wisconsin also allows any candidate to request a recount if fraud or a mistake is suspected. The candidate has three days to make the request and has to foot the bill if the margin between the candidates exceeds a half percent. 

Minnesota has tight requirements for a federal recount -- a losing candidate can request a recount if the margin is a razor thin quarter of a percent. Also, since 2008, all recounts in Minnesota are to be conducted manually.

12:36 a.m. ET CBS News projects Clinton wins Nevada.

11:36 p.m. ET CBS News projects wins Florida and Iowa.

11:17 p.m. ET CBS News projects Trump wins Utah and Clinton wins Oregon.

11:11 p.m. ET CBS News projects Trump has the edge in Wisconsin.

11:04 p.m. CBS News projects Trump wins North Carolina.

11:04 p.m. CBS News projects Clinton wins Hawaii.

11:00 p.m. CBS News projects Clinton wins California, Trump wins Idaho 

CBS News also projects Washington and Oregon lean Democratic. 

10:42 p.m. ET CBS News projects Clinton wins Colorado.

10:31 p.m. ET CBS News projects Trump wins Ohio.

10:29 p.m. ET CBS News projects Clinton wins Virginia. 

10:27 p.m. ET While CBS News hasn't called Ohio yet, Trump is performing well in the Cleveland suburbs. 

10:20 p.m. ET CBS News projects Clinton wins New Mexico.

10:10 p.m. ET Donald Trump could win election without his home state, and that's pretty rare:

The list of presidents who have won the White House without winning their home state is short, but it could get one name longer tonight. 

CBS News has projected that Donald Trump will lose his home state of New York to Hillary Clinton. That means if he wins, he'll take the White House without the support of his state of residency.

Only three candidates have done that before.

James Polk lost his home state of Tennessee to Henry Clay in 1844, and Woodrow Wilson lost New Jersey to Charles Evan Hughes in 1916.

Richard Nixon is the third candidate to lose at home, but win the country. He lost New York in 1968, his state of residency at the time. 

Most people think of California when they think of Nixon, which is the state he represented in the House and Senate. He even ran a failed bid for governor there. But when he lost the governor's race in 1962, he moved to New York to work for a law firm. When he won the presidency in 1968, that was his legal home.

-- CBS News' Cydney Adams

10:09 p.m. ET CBS News projects Trump wins Missouri.

10:06 p.m. ET CBS News' latest Electoral vote tally is Clinton with 104 and Trump with 140. A candidate must win 270 electoral votes to win the White House. No major battleground state has been called yet.

10:03 p.m. ET CBS News projects Clinton wins Connecticut.

CBS News projects Trump wins Louisiana.

CBS News projects Trump wins Montana 

CBS News projects: 

VA – Toss-up

NC – Toss-up

OH – Leans Trump

FL - Toss-up

NH - Toss-up

PA – Toss-up

WI – Toss-up

9:18 p.m. ET Exit poll results from key battleground states:


Clinton is getting strong support from minority voters in Florida. Overall, she is beating Trump by 71 percent to 22 percent among all non-white voters. Trump's margin among white voters is 62 to 34 percent. Clinton is getting 84 percent of the vote from black voters and 62 percent from Hispanic voters. Among non-Cuban Hispanics, Clinton is winning 70 percent to 25 percent for Trump. Black women in Florida are supporting Clinton more strongly than black men with 88 percent of black women supporting her compared to 80 percent of black men.

White voters in Florida had different views about the fairness of the U.S. criminal justice system with 49 percent saying that it treats all people fairly while 39 percent said that blacks are treated unfairly. Among white voters who said that all people are treated fairly, 81 percent voted for Trump. Clinton received 61 percent of those voters who said that blacks are treated unfairly.

Sixty-eight percent of both men and women said that Trump's treatment of women bothered them a lot or some. Among women who said this, Clinton won by a 75 to 35 percent margin. Among men who said that that Trump's treatment of women bothered them, Clinton is ahead by a much smaller 54 to 35 percent margin. 


Clinton is running very strongly among younger voters. She is beating Trump 54 percent to 38 percent among voters under 45 although Gary Johnson is winning 7 percent of those voters. Trump is leading by a 53 to 44 percent margin among voters over 45.

Overall, Trump is winning among white voters by 60 percent to 35 percent for Clinton. This varies a great deal by gender and education. Trump is getting 70 percent of white male voters with no college education. Trump and Clinton are running equally among white women with college degrees.

There is no evidence of Republican women defecting from Trump in North Carolina. He is getting 93 percent of Republican men's votes and 91 percent of Republican women. Among Democratic identifiers, 92 percent of women are voting for Clinton compared to 88 percent of men.

Only 8 percent of North Carolina voters said they made up their minds in the last week, but Trump won 49 percent of their votes compared to 35 for Clinton and 13 percent for Johnson.

60 percent of North Carolina voters said that immigrants today do more to help the country and 70 percent of them voted for Clinton. 29 percent said that immigrants do more to hurt the country and 82 percent of them voted for Trump.

So far it looks like Republicans are strongly supporting Trump. We are seeing 90 percent plus support for him among Republicans in the states we've looked at so far. One surprising pattern is that support for Clinton among black men is in the low 80's. Among black women Clinton is getting over 90 percent. 


Trump has the majority of the support of male voters in Ohio (55 percent Trump vs 38 percent Clinton). In 2012, male support was 52 percent Romney vs 45 percent Obama. Clinton's support among women (55 percent) is similar to the support Obama received in 2012 (55 percent).

Looking at the vote by race is similar to what was seen in 2012. Trump's support from white voters is similar to the support seen in 2012 for Romney (Clinton 38 percent vs. Trump 57 percent as compared to 2012: Obama 41 percent vs. Romney 57 percent.

The majority (89 percent) of black voters in Virginia are voting for Clinton, a bit less than the 96 percent level of support that Obama had in 2012.

Trump continues to see support among white non-college voters, with almost 60 percent voting for him in Virginia.  

Union households are split between Clinton (44 percent) and Trump (49 percent) whereas is 2012 Obama  garnered 60 percent support amongst this group.

-- CBS News poll analysts Stanley Feldman and Melissa Herrmann

9:13 p.m. ET Here is more from exit polling in Pennsylvania, which is currently a tossup between Clinton and Trump:

The gender gap is alive and well among voters in Pennsylvania, according to exit polling: Males are supporting Trump (54 percent) while females are supporting Clinton (58 percent).

Among white voters in Pennsylvania, over half are voting for Trump. Clinton has the majority support among black voters in the state (93 percent).  She also has more support among the white voters with a college degree (55 percent), while white voters without a college degree are more split in Pennsylvania (Clinton 46 percent, Trump 50 percent).

Young voters (18- to 29-year-olds) support Clinton 55 percent, but that support is not as high as the 63 percent who supported Obama in 2012.

Among voters who say that they decided who to vote for in the last week, over half voted for Trump.

Trump is getting 90 percent of Republican men's votes. He has a slight dropoff with Republican women, getting 85 percent of their votes. Among Democratic identifiers, 91 percent of women are voting for Clinton compared to 85 percent of men. This again points to the gender gap in Pennsylvania.

Among the voters who say they strongly favor their candidate, their support is split between Clinton and Trump. Among those who say they dislike the other candidate, 46 percent support Trump as compared with 39 percent voting for Clinton.

--CBS News poll analyst Melissa Herrmann

9:09 p.m. Donald Trump thinks "it's sad" that former President George W. Bush didn't vote for him. 

"I think it's sad, you know," Trump told radio host Howie Carr. "When I see George Bush do that, and look I was very critical of him for getting us into Iraq, which was obviously a horrible decision, and getting out the way Obama got us out was a horrible way to get out too — the combination. I don't think it has any impact, frankly."

Former rival Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, also didn't vote for Trump, choosing instead to cast his vote for independent candidate Evan McMullin, which Trump said was "insane."

"It's absolutely insane. All you're doing is giving up the Supreme Court," Trump said. "I beat him very badly in the primary, people forget that. He was easy pickins'. Rather than manning up he goes and does a thing like that."

Trump declined to say what he planned to do if, as Carr put it, the results "go the wrong way tonight."

"We'll see what happens. You know, there are some areas being seriously contested, you know that," Trump said. "And we're gonna see what happens. Hopefully, I won't have to. I mean, it's – the numbers are gonna start to come out pretty soon and we'll see what happens but hopefully I won't have to bother. We'll – we'll have maybe a victory and maybe a big one. We'll see. We're doing very well, I hear, in Florida – very, very well in a lot of different states. Ohio, in Iowa, and so we're going to have to see what the numbers are."

He also denied that his campaign took away his Twitter access, which was reported by the New York Times a few days ago. 

9:07 p.m. ET CBS News projects Trump wins in Arkansas.

9 p.m. ET CBS News projects Clinton wins New York.

CBS News also projects Trump wins Texas, Kansas, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming.

Wisconsin, Arizona, Colorado, Michigan and Minnesota are toss-ups.

8:30 p.m. ET CBS News projects Arkansas leans toward Donald Trump.

CBS News projects Donald Trump wins in Alabama.

8:11 p.m. ET CBS News projects Trump wins in Mississippi.

8:10 p.m. ET The photo of Donald Trump peeking over at his wife Melania's ballot has gone viral. 

The Trumps visited a Midtown Manhattan polling place Tuesday morning to cast their votes. In a moment caught on camera, Donald Trump stole a few peeks at his wife's ballot -- and now the internet is stealing a few laughs at his expense.

8:08 p.m. ET CBS News projects Clinton wins in Rhode Island.

8:05 p.m. ET CBS News projects Clinton wins in Illinois.

8:00 p.m. ET Polls are now closed in Alabama, Connecticut, Delaware, D.C., Florida, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Tennessee.

CBS News projects Clinton wins in Massachusetts, Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey and D.C.

CBS News also projects Trump wins in Tennessee and Oklahoma.

CBS News projects New Hampshire, Pennsylvania and Florida are all tossups.

7:56 p.m. ET CBS News projects Trump wins South Carolina.

7:49 p.m. ET Here are more details from the national exit polls:

Both candidates are viewed unfavorably by a majority of voters. More than half of voters (54 percent) have an unfavorable view of Hillary Clinton, and 61 percent have an unfavorable view of Donald Trump.

More than 60 percent of voters were bothered a lot/some by Hillary Clinton's use of private email while Secretary of State. More than 70 percent of voters were bothered a lot or some by Donald Trump's treatment of women.

Trump is currently winning the change voters. The vast majority of voters who chose "can bring needed change" as the most important candidate quality support Trump (82 percent, versus 13 percent for Clinton). Meanwhile, Clinton is performing well among those who prioritize experience and judgment. Voters who chose "has the right experience" as the most important candidate quality overwhelmingly support Clinton (91 percent, versus 7 percent for Trump). About two-thirds of voters who chose "good judgment" as the most important candidate quality support Clinton, 24 percent support Trump.

Trump is seen as better able to handle the economy, while Clinton has the advantage when considering foreign policy.

Similar to pre-election polls, more see Clinton as qualified and having the right temperament. About half of voters said that Clinton is qualified to be president (53 percent), as compared to Trump (37 percent). Similarly, over half of voters said that Clinton has the temperament to be president, whereas only 34 percent said the same of Trump.

Neither candidate is seen as honest and trustworthy. Almost two thirds (60 percent) say Clinton is not honest and trustworthy, and 65 percent say the same about Trump.

--CBS News poll analyst Melissa Herrmann

7:45 p.m. ET Hillary Clinton is spending the evening with her family at the Peninsula Hotel in New York City's Midtown, according to a Clinton spokesperson. Later tonight, she will hold an election night party nearby at the Javits Center in New York City. 

--CBS News' Hannah Fraser-Chanpong

7:42 p.m. ET As we wait for polls to close in an additional 16 states (plus the District of Columbia) at 8 p.m. ET, here are some more exit poll results from Virginia:

The majority of female voters in Virginia say they voted for Clinton (57 percent, versus 38 percent for Trump) while males favored Trump (49 percent for Trump, versus 44 percent for Clinton).

The vote among whites, according to exit poll results, favors Trump (56% percent), while Clinton gets the vast majority of support among blacks (89 percent). Of white non-college graduates in Virginia, support is split: Clinton wins 50 percent and Trump takes 45 percent. Among white college graduates, Clinton has more early voters (56 percent, versus 37 percentfor Trump).

Among Independents, the vote is split: Clinton and Trump each win 44 percent.

Clinton gets the majority of support from the younger Virginia voters (18- to 29-year-olds), with 53 percent of the exit poll voters favoring Clinton (versus 34 percent for Trump). 

--CBS News poll analyst Melissa Herrmann

7:30 p.m. ET Polls are now closed in Ohio, North Carolina and West Virginia.

CBS News projects Donald Trump wins West Virginia. Ohio is a tossup, and in North Carolina, Clinton has an edge over Trump. In Virginia, Clinton now also has an edge. 

7:00 p.m. ET Polls are now closed in six states: Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, South Carolina, Vermont and Virginia.

CBS News projects Donald Trump wins in Indiana and Kentucky, and Hillary Clinton wins in Vermont.

Georgia edges Trump and South Carolina leans toward Trump.

6:40 p.m. ET No one ever said democracy was cheap.

Americans who are running for federal elective offices spent more than ever -- about $6.8 billion -- in that pursuit, including the nastiest presidential election in recent memory, between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. That's more than what consumers spend on cereal ($6 billion), pet grooming ($5.4 billion) and legal marijuana ($5.4 billion).

The nonprofit Center for Responsive Politics estimates spending on the Clinton-Trump contest at more than $2.65 billion, actually down a bit from $2.76 billion in 2012 when Democratic incumbent Barack Obama defeated Republican challenger Mitt Romney.  

--CBS News' Jonathan Berr

6:21 p.m. ET Ohio Governor and former presidential candidate John Kasich is wasting no time after Election Day -- he plans to deliver a speech on his vision for the future of the GOP just two days after voters cast their ballots, the Cincinnati Enquirer reported Tuesday. 

Kasich refused to back Trump's candidacy and did not attend the Republican convention, though it was held in Cleveland. The Enquirer reported that Kasich is likely to give the speech even if Trump wins. Kasich voted for John McCain, who was the GOP nominee in 2008.

6:06 p.m. ET Here are more findings from the national early exit polls and how voters feel about several top issues:

Seventy-one percent of voters say that illegal immigrants working in the U.S. should be offered a chance to apply for legal status, while 25 percent say they should be deported. Almost 9 in 10 Clinton voters want illegal immigrants offered a chance to apply for legal status, while Trump voters are split with 49 percent supporting legal status and 45 percent saying they should be deported. 

There is more division over building a wall along the border with Mexico:  54 percent of voters oppose the wall and 40 percent support it. Eighty-eight percent of Clinton voters oppose building a wall, while three quarters of Trump voters support it. 

Voters also have very different views on the effects of international trade on U.S. jobs: 41 percent of voters say that trade takes away jobs, 39 percent say that it creates more U.S. jobs, and 11 percent say that it has no effect. Clinton voters are more likely to believe that trade creates jobs while Trump voters say that it takes away U.S. jobs. 

--CBS News poll analyst Stanley Feldman

5:30 p.m. ET Some early state-level exit polling is coming in as well. 

In Georgia, Florida, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Virginia the majority of voters said the most important issue facing the country was the economy.  When voters were asked, finding a president who can bring needed change is the most important quality when deciding their vote for president.

Here, for example, is a breakdown of voters' most important candidate qualities in Ohio:

CBS News

More Ohio voters, 46 percent, think trade with other countries takes away jobs.

The majority of Florida voters (70 percent) believe that illegal immigrants should be offered a chance to apply for legal status. Over half (59 percent) say that immigrants in the U.S. do more to help the country than hurt the county.

Almost half of New Hampshire (46 percent) and Pennsylvania (42 percent) voters are dissatisfied with the federal government.  

Two-thirds of Virginia voters say that the American economic system favors the wealthy.

--CBS News poll analyst Melissa Herrmann

5:15 p.m. ET The first round of early exit polls are in. Here are a few highlights: 

Voters nationally said they were looking for a candidate who can bring needed change, followed by experience and judgment. Asked about the most important candidate quality they were looking for, 38 percent said change, 22 percent said someone who has the "right experience," 22 percent  named "good judgment" and 15 percent said they were looking for someone who "cares about people."

Most voters, 61 percent, say the country is on the wrong track (and 35 percent say it's headed in the right direction). The percentage of "wrong track" voters is up from 2012, when 52 percent said the country is on the wrong track, but is lower than 2008, when 75 percent said the country is on the wrong track.

In addition, 69 percent say they are dissatisfied or angry about the way the federal government is working.

The economy was by far the top issue among voters this fall. Asked to name their most important issue, 52 percent named the economy; 18 percent said terrorism, 13 percent said foreign policy and 12 percent said immigration.

--CBS News' Emily Schultheis

5:02 p.m. ET Continuing on his theme of predicting a "rigged" election, Trump has tweeted alleging voting machine problems in Utah -- a state in which he's getting a strong challenge from independent candidate Evan McMullin. In the tweet, Trump cites a CNN report on voting irregularities in Utah, which appears to be from this blog:

4:43 p.m. ET It's no secret that many major Republican Party figures have not endorsed Trump -- and this afternoon, two of them declined to vote for Trump when they went to the polls.

A spokesman for former President George W. Bush said Tuesday that Bush did not vote for either Trump or Clinton. The spokesman, Freddy Ford, told CBS News that Bush and his wife Laura "left the top box blank and voted Republican downballot." The Bushes voted early, casting their ballots two weeks ago.

And Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina), one of Trump's former GOP primary opponents who has been critical of the Republican nominee in the months since, tweeted that he voted for independent candidate Evan McMullin:

4:23 p.m. ET GOP nominee Donald Trump tweeted about his election night plans:

2:53 p.m. ET In the Nevada complaint on early voting, Trump's campaign asks that the court isolate ballots that were cast at the time and location in question at four locations: Cardenas Market, Deer Springs Town Center, Silverado Ranch Plaza, and the Las Vegas Strip. 

But Trump lawyers also went beyond that, asking for the names of pollsters and data from machines. 

At the 2 p.m. emergency hearing, the judge seemed skeptical of the lawyers' request, saying it will likely run into serious privacy concerns. The judge seemed particularly bothered by the request to sequester ballots from a location – to match them up with specific people – and said that there is no way to do that.

The judge eventually denied the Trump campaign's petition to isolate ballots that were allegedly cast after polls closed, suggesting the team pursue other administrative remedies first.

--CBS News' Paula Reid

2:43 p.m. ET Trump, in a Fox News interview Tuesday afternoon, weighed in on the state of the election but declined to give a clear answer on if he would accept the outcome. 

"We're essentially close to being tied, I guess," Trump said, referring to "polling booth results today." 

On whether he would accept election results if he loses the presidential election, Trump said this: "We're going to see how things play out today and hopefully they will play out well and hopefully we won't have to worry about it. Meaning hopefully we will win but we're going to see how they play out and I want to see everything honest."

Asked to clarify whether he was saying whether the election will not be over Tuesday night, Trump responded in the negative. 

"No, I'm not saying that. I'm saying you have to look at what's happening. I have to look at reports that are coming out," Trump said, then cited unsubstantiated reports of malfunctioning voter machines. "There are reports that when people vote for Republicans the entire ticket switches over to Democrats." 

--CBS News' Reena Flores

2:12 p.m. ET At a polling location in Pompano Beach, two poll watchers were fired for "not adhering to policy/training," Broward Department of Elections told the Miami CBS affiliate. The workers were allegedly interfering with the voting process. 

CBS4 Miami said that voting was not interrupted during the incident, and at this point, no other incidents have been reported at any South Florida voting precincts.

1:55 p.m. ET Donald Trump's campaign filed a lawsuit against the Clark County registrar, accusing him of intentionally coordinating with Democratic activists "in order to skew the vote unlawfully in favor of Democratic candidates."  

The suit alleges that the polls were open beyond closing time on Friday, the last day of early voting, and an emergency hearing on the matter is scheduled for 2 p.m. ET in the matter.

Trump's Nevada state director, Charles Muñoz, said in a statement Tuesday that it was "concerning" that "Clark County employees seem to be facilitating illegal activity, at the direction of Joe Gloria [Clark County's registrar of votres], whose primary function is to ensure the integrity of elections in Clark County."

1:50 p.m. ET Eric Trump, the son of GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump, briefly posted a photo of his Election Day ballot to Twitter Tuesday, showing off his vote for his father.

But in New York, where Trump voted, it's illegal to take a picture in a polling station or to share a completed ballot with other potential voters.

So-called "ballot selfies" are illegal in over a dozen states, and several more ban photography outright at polling stations. In many states, the violation carries potential fines or jail terms.

Trump's illegal social media post was short-lived: some hours after the ballot selfie was posted, it was deleted.

--CBS News' Reena Flores

1:33 p.m. ET Take a look at CBS News' map overview of the state of the race: 


1:18 p.m. ET Check out the percent of the vote during the early voting period in key states.


12:51 p.m. ET Keep track of . Republicans are aiming to hold on to their majority in the House, which they won back control of in the 2010 midterm elections. Republicans currently hold 246 House seats and Democrats hold 186 House seats. Three seats are vacant. There are 30 Republican seats with no incumbent running and 19 Democratic seats open. 

CBS News is monitoring 47 competitive House races. Bolded names are incumbents.

-- CBS News' Rebecca Shabad

12:30 p.m. ET Keep track of all of the developments in the battle for the Senate in our live-blog for those races.

11:45 a.m. ET Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, the Republican vice presidential nominee, and his family members cast their vote at the polling station across the street from the governor's mansion. 

The polling location is at St. Thomas Aquinas church, where Pence and his wife Karen first met. As a freshman in law school, Pence says he saw a brunette woman playing the guitar and went to speak to her after the sermon.

"Didn't get to hear much of the sermon that day," Pence joked to reporters. 

--CBS News' Reena Flores

11:13 a.m. ET Hillary Clinton wins the vote on the U.S. island of Guam, reports the Pacific Daily News. 

The U.S. citizens in Guam casting ballots totaled 32,071. Clinton received 71.63 percent of the vote, while Trump received 24.16 percent. Socialist candidate Emidio Soltysik, the only third-party candidate on the ballot, took in 4.22 percent of the vote.

Guam, 15 hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time, frequently calls itself "Where America's Day Begins." For the last several years (since 1980), Guam residents have correctly chosen the winner of each presidential race. The island's voting record was upset in 1996, however, when a typhoon hit Guam on the nation's voting day. 

Votes from Guam, however, don't count, as the island has no representation in the Electoral College. 

--CBS News' Reena Flores

10:57 a.m. ET Donald Trump arrives at a polling place in New York to cast his vote.

Trump traveled four blocks from his campaign headquarters by motorcade. "We can see Trump Tower from where we are here," CBS News' Major Garrett told CBSN just now. 

As he exited the vehicle, he gave one wave to his left and one to his right. Some on the sidewalk shouted encouragement, while some greeted the GOP nominee with boos and jeers. 

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and his wife Melania Trump vote at PS 59 in New York, New York, U.S. November 8, 2016.  REUTERS/Carlo Allegri TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

Inside the polling location, Trump bought a cupcake from a child selling baked goods near the voting booths. 

Inside the polling place, Trump was asked by the pool covering him whether he was concerned about voter fraud -- there's always concern, he responded, but he added that the early state reports were good. he was accompanied by wife Melania, daughter Ivanka, and granddaughter Arabella, as well as his son-in-law Jared Kushner and his spokesperson Hope Hicks.

If he loses, would he concede, the pool reporter also asked. Trump said that we will see what happens. The GOP nominee also said he though he campaign had gone well. 

--CBS News' Sopan Deb

10:38 a.m. ET New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, the first of Trump's former primary rivals to give his backing to the campaign, voted under the cover of darkness Tuesday, reports.  

The New Jersey Republican, who now leads Trump's transition team, arrived at the polls by 6:06 a.m., just minutes after the polls opened in the state. 

--CBS News' Reena Flores

10:30 a.m. ET NFL coach Bill Belichick, who Trump touted as a supporter while campaigning in New Hampshire Monday, did indeed send the GOP presidential nominee a letter announcing his endorsement. 

CBS Boston confirmed the letter, read by Trump to a Manchester crowd, was in fact written by the Patriots head coach. 

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"Congratulations on a tremendous campaign. You have dealt with an unbelievable slanted and negative media and have come out beautifully," said Trump, reading from Belichick's letter Monday. "You've proved to be the ultimate competitor and fighter. Your leadership is amazing. I have always had tremendous respect for you, but the toughness and perseverance you have displayed over the past year is remarkable. Hopefully tomorrow's elections results will give the opportunity to Make America Great Again."

--CBS News' Reena Flores

8:41 a.m. ET After voting at a school in Chappaqua, New York, Hillary Clinton worked a rope line of her supporters waiting outside. She told CBS News' Nancy Cordes: "I'm so happy. I'm just so incredibly happy. All my friends and my neighbors, it makes me so happy."

She also answered a question from a pool reporter about how it felt to vote for herself.

"It is the most humbling feeling, Dan, because I know how much responsibility goes with this and so many people are counting on the outcome of this election, what it means for our country and will do the very best if I am fortunate enough to win today."

Democratic U.S. presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and her husband former U.S. president Bill Clinton depart after voting in the U.S. presidential election at the Grafflin Elementary School in Chappaqua, New York, U.S., November 8, 2016.  REUTERS/Mike Segar

-- CBS News' Hannah Fraser-Chanpong

8:39 a.m. ET President Obama is spending Tuesday morning playing basketball with friends at Ft. McNair--an Election Day ritual that dates back to his own presidential campaigns, according to the White House pool.

-- CBS News' Rebecca Shabad

8:36 a.m. ET Vice President Joe Biden voted in Wilmington, Delaware early Tuesday.

"It could be a very long night of it could be very short," he said, telling a reporter to keep an eye on Florida, according to a White House pool report.

"The bad news is I'm not going away," he joked and said he would continue to fight against income inequality after he leaves office.

-- CBS News' Rebecca Shabad

8:28 a.m. ET While on the plane in the early hours Tuesday morning after Hillary Clinton's final campaign rally in Raleigh, North Carolina, Hillary and Bill Clinton took the "mannequin challenge" on the plane with their staffs and special guest Jon Bon Jovi. 

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For just under one minute, everyone did their best impressions of a frozen-in-time mannequin while a camera moved through the cabin, eventually landing on Hillary Clinton at the front of the plane, as she was speaking to Bon Jovi. Huma Abedin stood near by.  Then Hillary Clinton blinked and everyone started moving again.

A staffer for Bill Clinton suggested it, and they put the whole thing together in about 25 minutes, then shared it with the campaign embeds when they landed in New York. 

The Democratic presidential nominee shared it on Twitter Tuesday morning.

-- CBS News' Hannah Fraser-Chanpong

8:20 a.m. ET Eric Trump sat down for an interview on "CBS This Morning" and predicted Tuesday that his father will win key battleground states like Florida and Nevada in the presidential election.

Asked if he predicts his father will win Florida, Eric said, "I really do because frankly everywhere I go, there's thousands of people that show up." 

Eric Trump: America's "sick and tired of the nonsense" 05:37

Even if Trump wins Florida, he would also need to win states like Ohio, Michigan and Pennsylvania.

"There are six or seven different routes including Nevada, which traditionally never goes red, but I think it'll go red this election cycle."

-- CBS News' Rebecca Shabad

8:17 a.m. ET Kaine spoke to "CBS This Morning" after he voted and said the election on Tuesday will be "history-making."

"We think that this is gonna be a history-making election and you'll wanna say you were there," said Kaine, who said there was a "great line" at his polling place in Virginia when it opened at 6 a.m. ET.

Kaine emphasized that the issue Tuesday is turning out voters, but he also acknowledged that the Latino vote could make a huge difference in some of the battleground states.

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 I think this is the election where the Latino community understand that they make a big difference, that they don't view themselves as a minor part of the electorate anymore," Kaine said. "In states like Florida, Virginia, North Carolina and Nevada, Colorado, all over the country Latino vote now sees that they could be a difference-maker. And that is an empowering thing."

-- CBS News' Rebecca Shabad

7:25 a.m. ET Tim Kaine cast his vote early this morning -- around 6 a.m. -- walking from his house with his wife Anne Holton, his parents and two neighbors.  He voted at the Hermitage Methodist Home in Richmond, Virginia.

Democratic U.S. vice presidential candidate Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) arrives to cast his ballot at the Hermitage Methodist Home polling station in Richmond, Virginia, U.S. November 8, 2016.  REUTERS/Carlos Barria

For the rest of the day, he'll appear on some morning shows to encourage people to vote, "have breakfasts with my buddies, then I'm going to come home after breakfast, and Anne and I and my folks are going to hang out go for a walk or something." Mid-day, he said, they'll make their way to New York, "and then just be nervous for awhile." 

The polls in most areas open at either 6 a.m. or 7 a.m., while poll closing times range from 6 p.m. to as late as 9 p.m. local time. 

6:46 a.m. ET The first votes are in, and Donald Trump is off to a very early lead in the 2016 presidential election, winning over the voters of three tiny New Hampshire precincts by a 32-25 margin over Hillary Clinton.

Polls in the New Hampshire towns of Dixville, Hart's Location and Millsfield opened just after midnight Tuesday and closed as soon as everyone had voted. Clinton won more votes in Dixville and Hart's Location, but Trump was the overwhelming favorite in Millsfield, with a 16-4 edge.

Under New Hampshire state law, communities with fewer than 100 voters can get permission to open their polls at midnight and close them as soon as all registered voters have cast their ballots. -- Associated Press

Watch CBSN at 6 a.m. ET, "CBS This Morning" at 7 a.m. ET for Election Day coverage

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