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‘Vote for the one you dislike least’: What the US papers are saying on election day

Americans will finally head to the polls today after one of the most fractious Presidential contests in the country’s history. Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have been criss-crossing the US overnight in a final dash for votes. But how has their last-ditch campaigning gone down with the American press? Here’s what the US newspapers are saying about the election:

Hillary Clinton stuck with her message of sunny optimism while Donald Trump opted for a dose of darkness on the final leg of their campaigns, the New York Times said. But the paper said that while the candidates were largely trying to repeat the messages they’ve parroted all along, Trump sounded uncharacteristically vulnerable. The paper said he appeared to be considering the thought he might not win, pointing to his remark that:

‘They say we’ll get a tremendous amount of credit, win or lose. I said: ‘No, no, no, no. I don’t want any credit if we lose.’

The Times also had a dig at Trump, saying the Republican candidate seemed sensitive to the star power of Hillary’s backers, which included the likes of Jay Z, Lady Gaga and Bruce Springsteen.

The Wall Street Journal said Donald Trump ended the campaign in much the same way as he started it, ‘with an overtly nationalist message and the swagger of a New York City billionaire’. Will it pay off? The Journal also reports a poll which suggests Hillary Clinton’s lead in the poll has been cut down from 11 points last month to just four points in the final survey conducted before the election, suggesting Trump may be in with a chance of making it to the White House.

Yet as every political aficionado well knows, for every poll showing a slump, it’s not difficult to find one that tells you the opposite.

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