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.
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In order to win the presidency, a candidate must win 270 electoral votes — a majority of. CBS News will be keeping an eye on 13 battleground states: Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Michigan, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin.
2:53 p.m. ET, 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, 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,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.