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US Election: Just one day left in Clinton Trump fight that has left a nation jaded

Clinton or Trump? Tomorrow, America will decide at the polls, writes Claire Williamson

Published 07/11/2016

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton
Donald Trump addresses a rally in North Carolina

It's the eve of the US Presidential election, with just one day of campaigning left before Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump take control.

After months of scrutiny, analysis and scandal, the race to the White House is very nearly at the finish line.

While many pundits have given Clinton the edge, polls have been tighter than anticipated.

Today President Barack Obama will rally for the last time for Clinton and, likewise, Trump will mount his last bid to get his message across to the electorate.

All eyes now will be on the battleground states where voters have just hours to weigh up the pros and cons of the candidates before making their decision - between two contenders billed as the least popular in history.

Among those key states is Virginia which, until Democrat Obama's victories in 2008 and 2012, consistently voted Republican.

But now, thanks to a demographic shift and the popularity of Obama, it has become a key player in the race.

As America gets ready to vote tomorrow, there are fears of potential for voter intimidation after Trump suggested his campaign would not accept the result if Clinton wins, and claimed the voting system was rigged.

Speaking to people in Richmond, Virginia, it seemed they were voting out of duty, but that they were not happy with either candidate. Mary Mason in Virginia said she was "scared to death" of what would happen if Trump became president.

"I'm very scared about it - all of us are, my friends, my family," she stated.

"Trump scares us to death, I don't know what he will do or what will happen. We don't really care for Hillary either, but we will vote for Hillary because we do not want Trump in there.

"He is a wild man, he really is. And he discriminates against the elderly, people who are ill and crippled. I don't want him to represent my country," she said.

Fellow resident Tina Glass stated she thinks she will vote for Trump. Asked what kind of America Trump as president would present, she said she hoped he would create jobs.

"I hope there will be more jobs, there are a lot of plants and places closed down.

"I've been working a temp job for the last three years. I feel he will put more jobs out there. I'm hoping what he's saying is true. We need to stop sending all our stuff overseas and take care of our country first," she said. Robert Glass (45), from Henrico in Virginia, said he disagreed with Trump's "demeanour" but would be voting for him.

He explained: "I'm Republican, been that way all my life. The way things are going, I'm not happy with the way he behaves on interviews on TV, or his demeanour. But we can't have four more years of Obama, which in my opinion is going to be what will happen if Hillary Clinton is elected.

"I'm pro-gun, and a lot of jobs are being taken away, I guess, that's what everybody is saying. Every time you call a local service for help you get somebody from Indonesia or India and you can't understand a word they are saying."

He added: "Also, if you don't vote you can't complain because you did nothing."

Northern Ireland author and playwright Colin Broderick has lived in New York for the past 28 years and said he feels the Trump movement is similar to what happened in the UK in the run-up to the referendum vote to leave the EU.

"What you see with the rise of Donald Trump is people being sick, sore and tired of the status quo and the same old process," he commented. "People seem to be tired of the notion that nothing really changes. I just can't believe it's actually happening - but part of me feels like this is what a revolution looks like.

"We are living in a country where you have the democratic process and voting for someone as off the wall as Donald Trump - people need to sit up and pay attention that this is reality.

"You may not like him but almost 50% of the country are leaning that way and that's a pretty big statement."

See the Belfast Telegraph website for video of US voters giving their opinions on Trump and Clinton

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