US Election Results 2016: Clinton vs. Trump, who won? (Partial, Unofficial)

MANILA, Philippines – The long and bruising campaign is finally over as millions of Americans are set to indirectly elect on Tuesday, November 8 (Wednesday in Manila time) their president to succeed Barack Obama. On this page, the partial and unofficial US election results between prominent candidates Hillary Clinton (Democratic Party) and Donald Trump (Republican) are available in real-time.

US Election Results 2016: Clinton vs. Trump, who won? (Partial, Unofficial)

On that day, either Clinton or Trump will be declared the 45th President of the United States in the 58th quadrennial U.S. election. While there are other presidential candidates in the race, they are expected to get low percentage of votes due to unpopularity of their respective party. Among the third party and independent presidential candidates are Gary Johnson (Libertarian), Jill Stein (Green), Darrell Castle (Constitution) and Evan McMullin (Independent).

UPDATE: Donald Trump wins 2016 US elections

2016 US Elections - The Candidates.
2016 US Elections - The Candidates. Photo Credit: Wikipedia

Few hours before the election, Clinton and Trump made their final pitch in their battleground states. Obama and first lady Michelle Obama sought to lift Clinton to victory while Trump warned she was the "face of failure" and predicted he would blow her away in Tuesday's election.

Former Secretary of State and U.S. Senator from New York Clinton is vying to make a history of becoming the first female president of the Unites States. Meanwhile, businessman and reality television personality Donald Trump, if elected, will be the oldest president to take office.

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Same with the Philippines, voting process in the US is mostly done electronically with partial and unofficial election results for the popular vote per state (50 states and Washington, District of Columbia) are known in the same day. The candidate needs to have at least 270 electoral votes out of 538 electoral votes of the Electoral College to win the race (official counts). Note: See below for US election process.

In the latest poll conducted by CNN, Clinton has a four-point lead over Trump, 46% to 42%. Meanwhile, BBC poll shows the Democratic candidate has 48% compared to 44% of the Republican presidentiable.

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US Election Process Explained

Generally, voters are required to vote on a ballot where they select the candidate of their choice (November 8). The presidential ballot is a vote "for the electors of a candidate" meaning that the voter is not voting for the candidate, but endorsing a slate of electors pledged to vote for a specific presidential and vice presidential candidate (December 2016).

United States electoral map. Who will dominate per state?
United States electoral map. Who will dominate per state?
Most US state laws developed a winner-take-all system, wherein the ticket that wins a plurality of votes wins all of that state's allocated electoral votes, and thus has their slate of electors chosen to vote in the Electoral College. Maine and Nebraska do not use this method, opting instead to give two electoral votes to the statewide winner and one electoral vote to the winner of each Congressional district.

Each state's winning slate of electors then meets at their respective state's capital on the first Monday after the second Wednesday in December to cast their electoral votes on separate ballots for President and Vice President.

Although Electoral College members can technically vote for anyone under the U.S. Constitution, 24 states have laws to punish faithless electors, those who do not cast their electoral votes for the person whom they have pledged to elect.

Early January 2017, the Congress will count and certify the electoral votes.

If no candidate receives a majority of the electoral vote (currently at least 270), the President is determined by the rules outlined by the 12th Amendment. Specifically, the selection of President would then be decided by a contingent election in a ballot of the House of Representatives. For the purposes of electing the President, each state has only one vote. A ballot of the Senate is held to choose the Vice President. In this ballot, each senator has one vote. The House of Representatives has chosen the victor of the presidential race only twice, in 1800 and 1824; the Senate has chosen the victor of the vice-presidential race only once, in 1836.

The next president of America is set to be inaugurated on January 20, 2017.

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