Clin­ton draws first blood in US poll ‘Psy­chic’ In­dian fish picks Trump

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THE 2016 US elec­tion has of­fi­cially be­gun, with Hil­lary Clin­ton com­ing out on top in the first re­sults to come back — the nine-per­son com­mu­nity of Dixville Notch.

Clin­ton came out with just un­der half the vote, as a whop­ping four peo­ple picked her to win. Trump did half as well with two, while Gary John­son racked up one. But the real sur­prise was a writ­ten-in vote for 2012 can­di­date Mitt Rom­ney.

Clin­ton’s suc­cess may seem odd: Not only does the com­mu­nity usu­ally vote Repub­li­can, there are only two women and seven men.

Then again, the re­mote New Hamp­shire com­mu­nity voted over­whelm­ingly for Obama in the 2008 elec­tion — giv­ing him 15 votes to John McCain’s six.

That was the first time the ma­jor­ity chose a Demo­crat since 1968, when they plumped for Hum­bert H Humphrey II against even­tual win­ner Richard M Nixon. In fact, the town’s hit rate in the elec­tions has been only slightly over 50:50 since 1960.

It could be Dixville Notch vot­ers were swayed Clin­ton­wards this elec­tion by the Obama’s full-throated sup­port of the Demo­cratic can­di­date in Philadel­phia tonight.

Then again, it’s not like Oba­ma­nia has kept a to­tal hold on the town: the 2012 elec­tion saw Obama ty­ing with Mitt Rom­ney af­ter they both got five votes each.

So Rom­ney’s ap­pear­ance on the bal­lot tonight could sig­nal bad blood in the re­mote New Hamp­shire com­mu­nity.

This elec­tion has been es­pe­cially thrilling, as the pop­u­la­tion dropped by a full 20 per­cent ear­lier in the year when two peo­ple moved away.

The com­mu­nity only has four fe­male vot­ers, and is down one voter from last elec­tion. Obama was tied with Rom­ney and won 2008 — though it’s his­tor­i­cally usu­ally gone to a Repub­li­can

How­ever, the pop­u­la­tion in­creased to nine when some­one moved to the com­mu­nity shortly af­ter­ward.

Clin­ton and Trump re­united with their fam­i­lies for a fi­nal push on the cam­paign trail Mon­day evening at a pair of swing-state ral­lies that marked the be­gin­ning CHEN­NAI — A “psy­chic” fish in In­dia yes­ter­day picked Don­ald Trump as the next pres­i­dent of the United States, hours be­fore Amer­i­cans head to the polls.

Chanakya II, a flow­er­horn ci­ch­lid fish, was given three chances to pick be­tween two float­ing sticks bear­ing a photo of Repub­li­can Trump or his Demo­cratic chal­lenger Hil­lary Clin­ton.

The crea­ture, which has a bul­bous fore­head that re­sem­bles the ex­trav­a­gant coif­fure of the real es­tate mogul, swam to­wards Trump all three times.

Chanakya II’s first of­fi­cial pre­dic­tion sees him join the swelling menagerie of sooth­say­ing an­i­mals.

His pre­de­ces­sor, Chanakya I, was famous for

of the end of their re­spec­tive pres­i­den­tial cam­paigns.

Clin­ton met up with her hus­band Bill and her daugh­ter Chelsea in Philadel­phia. They were joined at the out­door event across from In­de­pen­dence Hall by Pres­i­dent Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama and mu­si­cians Bruce Spring­steen and Jon Bon Jovi.

“Thank you for com­ing out for one last rally be­fore elec­tion day to­mor­row,” Clin­ton said at the Penn­syl­va­nia rally and con­cert. “I am so happy to be fin­ish­ing this cam­paign with my hus­band and my daugh­ter by my side.”

Trump, his adult chil­dren — Tif­fany, Eric, Don Jr. and Ivanka — their spouses — Lara, Vanessa and Jared — and his VP pick, Mike Pence, cam­paigned in Manch­ester, New Hamp­shire. The White House can­di­date’s wife Me­la­nia and young son Bar­ron were no­tice­ably ab­sent from the fam­ily por­trait.

“I’ve been read­ing about Hil­lary Clin­ton hav­ing all these sur­ro­gates,” Trump said at his rally, when a laser light show and fog ma­chines were switched off. “I had the best sur­ro­gates of all,” he as­serted, mean­ing his ac­cu­rately fore­cast­ing win­ners in foot­ball and cricket matches, his own­ers at the Chen­nai-based NGO In­dian Com­mu­nity Wel­fare Or­gan­i­sa­tion said.\

There have been nu­mer­ous “psy­chic” an­i­mals since Ger­many’s foot­ball or­a­cle, Paul the Oc­to­pus, suc­cess­fully tipped the win­ner of eight-straight matches dur­ing the 2010 World Cup.

All eyes are on the US pres­i­den­tial elec­tion as a di­vi­sive 511-day cam­paign comes to an end with ei­ther the coun­try’s first fe­male pres­i­dent or a pop­ulist prop­erty ty­coon poised to en­ter the White House.

More than 40 mil­lion Amer­i­cans have al­ready cast bal­lots in states that al­low early vot­ing, with opin­ion polls sug­gest­ing Clin­ton has a slim edge. — Al Jazeera

chil­dren. “They were all over.”

The pres­i­dent spent much of the last seven days criss-cross­ing the coun­try for Clin­ton, and he de­liv­ered a stir­ring de­fence of her at last night’s rally, near the build­ing where the na­tion’s found­ing fa­thers signed the Con­sti­tu­tion.

He urged Amer­i­cans to “re­ject a pol­i­tics of re­sent­ment and a pol­i­tics of blame and choose a pol­i­tics that says we are stronger to­gether,” Clin­ton’s slo­gan, and to “re­ject fear and choose hope” on Elec­tion Day.

The Demo­cratic politi­cian who trounced Clin­ton in the 2008 primaries only to name her as his sec­re­tary of state hailed his party’s nom­i­nee as “this fighter, this stateswoman, this mother, this grand­mother, this pa­triot — our next pres­i­dent of the United States of Amer­ica”.

Trump mean­while called his op­po­nent the “face of fail­ure” as he ap­pealed to “all of the Demo­cratic vot­ers in our coun­try who are thirst­ing for change like ev­ery­body else.”

Trump had made five stops dur­ing the fi­nal cam­paign — push, stop­ping at Sara­sota in Florida, Raleigh in North Carolina, Scran­ton in Penn­syl­va­nia, Manch­ester in New Hamp­shire and Grand Rapids in Michi­gan.

Clin­ton took in four ral­lies — Pitts­burgh in Penn­syl­va­nia, Grand Rapids in Michi­gan, Philadel­phia in Penn­syl­va­nia and Raleigh in North Carolina.

Mean­while, Hil­lary Clin­ton pulled out all the stops for her fi­nal cam­paign tour with a celebrity haul that put Trump to shame.

Clin­ton rolled out ap­pear­ances from Lady Gaga, Bon Jovi and Bruce Spring­steen for her celebrity-packed fi­nal night of cam­paign­ing in Raleigh, North.

But over in Trump’s camp, the Repub­li­can nom­i­nee re­lied solely on mu­si­cian Ted Nu­gent to warm the crowd at his Grand Rapids, Michi­gan rally.

Clin­ton took to the stage at 12.53AM to quip that “by the time the poll closes to­mor­row we are gonna be Livin’ on a Prayer”.

She also got words of sup­port from her celebrity per­form­ing co­hort. “We can’t elect some­body that doesn’t care for the peo­ple. We can only elect some­body who does,” Gaga said.

When she did her hit Born this Way, she added: “Don’t judge me cuz I’m vot­ing for Hil­lary, I was just born this way.”

Gaga then joined Bon Jovi on his hit, ‘Livin’ on a Prayer,’ tak­ing the high part in an acous­tic duet.

“We just started this in a phone call. So we are truly do­ing this to­gether for the first time,” Bon Jovi told the scream­ing crowd. “The time is here the time is now,” Bon Jovi said when they were done.

“This state is ra­zor close and that’s why the two of us are here. North Carolina, you know that the road to the White House leads through your state,” he said.

Lady Gaga also per­formed Poker Face and An­gel Down — a song she pref­aced by say­ing Black Lives Mat­ter.

Trump mean­while re­lied on mu­si­cian Ted Nu­gent to warm the crowd at his rally on Mon­day — even though he has crit­i­cised Clin­ton in the past for bring­ing celebri­ties to her own events. — AFP —

The World Health Or­gan­i­sa­tion says at least 7 000 peo­ple have been killed in Ye­men’s 20-month civil war, and the UN peace en­voy warns that the coun­try is tee­ter­ing on the “brink of the abyss”. In a state­ment re­leased on Mon­day, the WHO said “more than 7 070 peo­ple had been killed and over 36 818 in­jured” as of Oc­to­ber 25 with an­other 21 mil­lion peo­ple in ur­gent need of health ser­vices. More than half of all health fa­cil­i­ties across the coun­try have been shut or were only par­tially func­tion­ing amid a “crit­i­cal short­age” of doc­tors, it said. Speak­ing to re­porters in the cap­i­tal Sanaa, UN en­voy Is­mail Ould Cheikh Ahmed lamented the dev­as­tat­ing vi­o­lence and re­it­er­ated calls for an end to the fight­ing. Al Jazeera

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