0849 GMT: Russian President Vladimir Putin, for whom Donald Trump expressed admiration during the campaign, has congratulated the President-elect.

The Kremlin said Putin sent a telegram this morning tp express his desire for a dialogue serving the interest of both countries.

[The Russian President subsequently told a ceremony with Ambassadors:

Russia is ready and wants to restore full-format relations with the United States.

“Let me repeat. We proceed from the fact that this will be an uneasy way but we’re ready both to cover our part of the distance and do everything to return the Russian-US relations to the steady development trajectory.

Putin’s aide Sergei Glazyev tried to seize the political and economic initiative:

I believe Trump is a practical man, he will lift sanctions on Russia that are harmful to the US business, too. As a result, the trade turnover, financial and economic relations between Russia and the US, as well as the West in general, will be restored and start growing — depending only on the economic situation only.

Glazyev added that the election outcome showed, “The American people don’t want war, for the first time in the world’s history there is a chance to move to a new global economic order without waging a world war.”

He concluded, “Resetting [relations between Russia and the US] is sure to take place, because the outgoing administration’s foreign policy was based on the aggressive approach towards Russia in order to retain Washington’s supremacy. We can say that this approach has failed.

Turkey has also sent congratulations through Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, saying Ankara will strengthen its “trust-based relations and cooperation” with the US.


0819 GMT: Wrapping up the Senate races….

Republican Roy Blunt has won in Missouri, and incumbent Pat Toomey has completed a minor upset in retaining his seat in Pennsylvania. Democrat Catherine Cortez Masto has triumphed in Nevada.

The race in New Hampshire between Republican Kelly Ayotte and Democrat Maggie Hassan is still too close to call. Ayotte leads by 600 votes with 94% of the vote in.

That means a 52-47 Republican advantage in the Senate, with one seat outstanding.

Democrats had hoped for a majority, but in the end have gained only one seat.

0648 GMT: To a fanfare, Donald Trump comes on stage.

He begins, “Sorry to keep you waiting. Complicated business. Complicated.”

Trump says he has received a call from Hillary Clinton congratulating “us — spelled U-S”. He says he has congratulated her — “she fought very hard”.

The President-elect says it is time to “bind the wounds of division…all Republicans and Democrats”. He will be President for “all America — this is so important to me”. He says he is reaching out to those who did not vote for him for “guidance and help”.

Ours was not a campaign. It was a great movement…made up of all races and religions.

Working together, we will begin the urgent task of rebuilding…the American Dream.

He promises the “strongest economy in the world”, doubling growth, and “getting along with all nations willing to get along with us”. America must “dream big”, he says, and “reclaim its destiny”.

After offering thanks to family and friends, he says, “This political stuff is tough. It’s nasty and it’s tough.”

After some more congratulations, Trump wanders off into a reference to the race horse Secretariat.

0645 GMT:

Vice-President-elect Mike Pence is speaking, “American has elected a new President.”

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US Analysis: Your Essential Guide to the Senate Elections


0635 GMT: Donald Trump is President-elect of the United States.

Trump’s campaign said that he will soon speak to supporters in New York City.

Earlier, a campaign spokesperson said Hillary Clinton would not be speaking to her supporters.

Trump closed on victory with Wisconsin’s 10 electoral votes, leaving him only needing to take one of Pennsylvania, Michigan, or New Hampshire.

He is ahead in Pennsylvania by 75,000 votes with 97% of ballots returned. The margin in Michigan is 55,000 votes with 90% in. And Trump is holding a 1,000-vote lead in New Hampshire with 93% of precincts reporting.

The Republican confirmed his win with victories in Arizona, where he fended off a Clinton challenge to win by 4.5%, and Alaska.

O545 GMT: I am going to work with BBC Breakfast, possibly missing the moment when we have a President Trump.

Updates will resume later this morning.


0524 GMT: The Republican Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan, has mended fences with Donald Trump, calling both the potential President and his running mate Mike Pence.

Ryan and Trump clashed repeatedly during the campaign, with the Wisconsin Representative at one point refusing to share a platform with Trump, amid the candidate’s problems over sexual advances on women.


0519 GMT: The former Imperial Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, David Duke, has been among the first to congratulate Donald Trump:


0500 GMT: Donald Trump’s position in the four races that are likely to put him in the White House — he needs Pennsylvania, Michigan, or Wisconsin and New Hampshire.

Wisconsin: Trump is a near-certain victor with a lead of more than 90,000 votes and 85% of the ballots counted.

Michigan: Trump is ahead by more than 55,000 votes with 77% of the precincts reporting.

Pennsylvania: Trump leads by 45,000 votes with 95% of the ballots tallied.

New Hampshire: Trump has a slim advantage of more than 500 votes with 81% of the ballots in.


0455 GMT: It has been a good night for the Republicans in the key Senate races so far, although they are not yet assured of a majority.

Todd Young won easily in Indiana, and incumbent Richard Burr overcame an early deficit for a comfortable victory in North Carolina.

The GOP also won an unexpected triumph in Wisconsin, as incumbent Ron Johnson defeated former Senator Russ Feingold, who had been a heavy favorite.

That puts the Senate at 50-46 for the Republicans, with four races outstanding.

The Republicans should security the majority with victory for incumbent Roy Blunt in Missouri — he leads by 140,000 votes with 82% of precincts reporting. GOP incumbent Kelly Ayotte also leads by just over 2,000 votes in New Hampshire with 83% of the ballots tallied.

Incumbent Pat Toomey is also leading by 75,000 votes over Katie McGinty, who had been favored to take the seat, with 96% of ballots counted.

The sole Democratic lead is in Nevada, where Catherine Cortez Masto leads 48-45 over Joe Heck in the contest to replace retiring Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid.


0430 GMT: Futures in the Dow Jones stock market are down 4%, about 760 points.

Trading in the S&P 500 futures has been capped so the index does not drop more than 5%.


0416 GMT: Donald Trump is now close to becoming the 45th President of the United States.

Trump has leads in four vital states in which a combination or even one victory will give him the White House.

The Republican, who currently has 244 electoral votes, is near-certain to secure Wisconsin’s 10. He leads by almost 100,000 votes with 79% of the precincts tallied.

Trump continues to lead in Michigan by just over 20,000 votes with 71% of the ballots counted. He has a margin of just over 5,000 in New Hampshire of 77% of the vote in.

And now Pennsylvania (20) is in play. Trump has rallied with the latest counts from rural areas and leads by about 2,500 votes with 92% in.

Hillary Clinton has taken Nevada out of the equation by winning the state.


0326 GMT: Suddenly, a scenario has emerged where no less than six states — Wisconsin, Michigan, Nevada, New Hampshire, Nebraska, and Maine –are important.

And that scenario could lead not only to a Donald Trump victory but to an unprecedented 269-269 tie in the Electoral College.

The situation has arisen because Hillary Clinton has closed on Trump in Michigan (16 electoral votes). She is only 15,000 votes behind with 57% of the vote counted.

However, she has not secured her “firewall” because Trump is likely to win Wisconsin (10) — he’s 70,000 votes ahead with 67% of the vote counted.

If Trump wins Wisconsin, then Clinton must win Nevada (6) and New Hampshire (4) to keep the race alive. She trails by more than 10,000 votes in New Hampshire with 65% of the vote in, but is ahead 51-43 in Nevada with 61% of the vote counted.

This scenario effectively ties the candidates 268-268 with two votes up for grabs — 1 each in Nebraska and Maine, which are unique in splitting their votes between State-wide results and results in each Congressional district.

Trump is currently favored in Maine’s 2nd Congressional District and Clinton is ahead by 8% in the district around Omaha, Nebraska.


0314 GMT: In Michigan, Donald Trump is up by 58,000. votes with 52% of the vote counted.

And Trump is still ahead by 57,000 votes in Wisconsin with 61% of the ballots in.


0310 GMT: In a possible upset in Wisconsin’s Senate race, Republican incumbent Ron Johnson is leading Democrat Russ Feingold by 52-45 with 61% of the vote counted.

NBC has called Johnson the winner.

Feingold, who held the seat until 2011, was a 90% favorite to return. The GOP’s upset is likely to ensure it retains control of the Senate.


0307 GMT: Donald Trump is projected to win the swing state of North Carolina.

Trump is ahead 51-46 with 93% of the vote counted.


0300 GMT: Polls have closed in West Coast states.

Hillary Clinton is projected to win California, Oregon, and Washington. Donald Trump will win Idaho.


0245 GMT: In Michigan, now critical to the outcome, Donald Trump has a 43,000-vote lead with 45% of the ballots counted.


0245 GMT: Republican incumbent Richard Burr has held his Senate seat in North Carolina.

Burr is leading Democrat Deborah Ross 51-45 with 90% of the vote counted.

With the win, the Republicans have a 49-47 edge in the Senate with four races — New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Missouri, and Nevada — to be decided.

In New Hampshire, Republican incumbent Kelly Ayotte has a 50-46 lead — 15,000 votes — with 58% of the ballots counted.


0235 GMT: Hillary Clinton is projected to win the swing state of Colorado.

Clinton is ahead 49-44 with 65% of the vote counted.

In another swing state, New Hampshire, Donald Trump holds a lead of almost 9,000 votes with 51% of the precincts tallied.


0231 GMT: One reason for the signs of trouble for Hillary Clinton in Michigan? Donald Trump’s simplistic message about international trade has played well with voters.

In exit polls, 50% said trade with other countries would “take jobs away” from the U.S. Only 31% thought trade “creates more jobs.”


0227 GMT: Donald Trump is projected to win Ohio.

Trump is ahead 53-42 with 53% of the vote counted.

Hillary Clinton is now projected to win Virginia, where we had expected her to triumph.


0220 GMT: To review the fundamental situation of what appears to be a close race for the White House….

Hillary Clinton can afford to lose Florida — which we are calling for Donald Trump — and Ohio and North Carolina if she wins two of three states: Colorado, Nevada, and New Hampshire.

However, that “firewall” changes dramatically if Clinton loses a state such as Michigan or Pennsylvania.

Clinton has a 52-45 lead with 43% of the vote in Pennsylvania. But trouble is brewing in Michigan (16 electoral votes), where Trump has a 50-45 lead with 30% of the vote counted and signs of a decline in Clinton’s vote from areas that President Obama won in 2012.

There’s also more than a ripple in Wisconsin, with Trump ahead 48-46 with 42$ of the vote counted.


0206 GMT: It appears that Donald Trump has won the big swing state of Florida (29 electoral voters).

Trump holds a 134,000-vote lead. There is still 5% of the vote to be counted but, significantly, the Democratic strongholds of Broward County, Palm Beach, Miami-Dade, and Gainesville have returned all their votes.


0200 GMT: Polls have closed in several states, including the swing states of Iowa and Utah.

Donald Trump has been projected to win Montana and Missouri, while Hillary Clinton has been projected to win New Mexico.


0149 GMT: The situation in the swing states — and now Virginia and Michigan….

Florida: Donald Trump is up by 112,000 votes with 95% of the vote counted — about 25% of the vote remains to be counted in Broward County and some votes from Gainesville, Miami-Dade, and Palm Beach.

Ohio: Trump is up 53-43 with 65% counted but a lot of urban vote remains to be tallied.

North Carolina: Trump is 50-47 with 80% of the vote counted.

Hillary Clinton appears to be avoiding an upset in Virginia, closing to 2,000 votes with 81% of the vote in, but Democratic strongholds yet to report.

However, Michigan (16) now appears to be in play with reports of lower-than-expected Clinton turnout in Detroit. Trump is ahead 50-45 with 22% of the vote in.


0119 GMT: Donald Trump is up by about 140,000 votes in Florida with 94% of the vote in.

Democrats are now hoping to pull back the gap with the remainder of the vote in Broward County, where they have a 2-to-1 margin in the 63% that has been counted and in the University town of Gainesville, with more than 20% of the vote to come.

If the vote patterns hold for the remainder of the ballots, Hillary Clinton would make up 170,000 votes on Trump, given her a victory margin of about 30,000.

And if she count on the same pattern in the remaining 6% to be counted in Miami-Dade, then the margin will be about 45,000.

One pointer to a possible Trump victory in Florida? The gender gap has not been as large as elsewhere: in exit polls, Clinton only won 51% support from women.


O112 GMT: Donald Trump is up in Florida by more than 131,000 votes with 93% of the vote counted.

The Republican has a 20,000-vote lead in North Carolina with 71% of the vote reported. He is ahead 51%-45% in Ohio with 46% of precincts returning.

And beyond the swing states, Trump is up by 76,000 votes in Virginia (13 electoral votes) with 71% of the vote in — but with Democratic stronghold Fairfax County not yet returning most of its vote.


O107 GMT: In the North Carolina Senate race, Republican incumbent Richard Burr has taken a lead of almost 100,000 votes with 70% of the precincts reporting.

A Burr victory over Deborah Ross would give the GOP a 49-47 edge with four key races to be decided.


0101 GMT: With polls closing in a number of states, projections have been made for Trump in Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska’s State-wide vote, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming. Hillary Clinton is projected to win New York.


0100 GMT: Tight race in all our swing states where votes are being counted….

Florida: Trump up 135,000 votes with 91% counted, but Democrats looking for returns from areas like Palm Beach and Broward County

North Carolina: Clinton up 6,300 votes with 68% counted

Ohio: Trump up 1,200 votes with 37% counted

In Virginia — which we thought was safe for Clinton — Trump is up 50%-45% with 66t counted. However, big Democratic counties have yet to return.


0047 GMT: Numbers have to be counted, but observers are talking of high turnouts in key states, with both Clinton and Trump turning out supporters in their areas of strength.

However, there are signals of a difference in Michigan, with lower-than-expected turnout in Detroit while participation is high in western Michigan. That’s good news for Trump, and could point to an upset: we had thought the state was beyond his reach.


0040 GMT: Will Donald Trump’s treatment of women cost him the election?

In exit polls, 51% of people say they were “bothered” by the issue, including allegations of inappropriate sexual advances. Of those people, 80% voted for Hillary Clinton.


0035 GMT: Republicans have won one of our six key Senate races.

In Indiana, Republican Todd Young is projected to defeat Democrat Evan Bayh.

Young is up 53%-41% with 51% of the vote counted.

With the win, the GOP takes a 48-47 edge with five seats to be decided.

In another key race, Democrat Deborah Ross still holds a narrow lead over Republican incumbent Richard Burr with 59% of the vote counted.


0031 GMT: Donald Trump is projected to win Arkansas, where polls have just closed.


0013 GMT: Florida (29 electoral votes) has shifted again.

Donald Trump is up by 85,000 votes with 91% of the precincts reporting.

However, Clinton supporters note that only 53% of the vote has been counted in Palm Beach and only a small portion in Broward County, both likely to return big Democratic margins. The university town of Gainesville has also yet to report.

In exit polls, voters who consider the economy the most important issue favored Clinton over Trump by a 50-43 margin. Voters who are most concerned about immigration supported Trump by 68-30.

Across the US, the polls showed 50% of Trump voters believe immigrants hurt the country, while 83% of Clinton voters say they help.

Elsewhere, Clinton is up 52%-46% in North Carolina with 55% of the vote in, but Trump is ahead in Virginia by 8% with 41% of the precincts reporting.

In Ohio, Clinton is ahead 50%-46% with 32% of the vote counted.


0010 GMT: Exit polls are pointing to a victory for Democrat Jason Kander over Roy Blunt in Missouri in one of our six key Senate races.

Kander narrowly trailed Blunt among male voters by 2 points, but had a 16-point edge (57-41) among women.

Blunt was a slight favorite in final projections, so a Kander victory would be a huge step towards a Democratic majority in the Senate.

As expected, the Democrats have picked up a Senate seat in Illinois, with Tammy Duckworth defeating incumbent Mark Kirk.

In Florida, Marco Rubio — who decided to run for re-election after losing to Donald Trump in the Presidential primaries — has retained his seat.


0000 GMT: Polls have closed in 16 states, including the key swing state of Florida (29 electoral votes), and the District of Columbia.

Trump has been declared the winner already in Oklahoma, Mississippi, and Tennessee. Clinton has won Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Jersey, Illinois, Maryland, Delaware, and the District of Columbia.

Clinton is up by less than 80,000 votes in Florida — 49% to 48% — with 77% of the vote counted.


2358 GMT: It is close in another of our six key Senate races: in North Carolina, Democrat Democrat Deborah Ross is up 50%-47% over Republican incumbent Richard Burr with 36% of the vote counted.

Burr was a solid favorite to retain the seat in final projections.


2355 GMT: A decisive swing in Florida? Hillary Clinton has now surged ahead 50%-47% with 71% of the vote counted.

Caution is still needed as polls in the western part of Florida are open for another five minutes. However, the Democrats are pointing to better-than-expected results in supposed bell-wether counties: Clinton is up 10% in Hillsborough County.


2345 GMT: Exit polls are pointing to a large gender gap in the voting.

In Virginia, Hillary Clinton has a 57%-38% advantage among women, with 62% saying they were “bothered a lot by Donald Trump’s treatment of women”.. She is ahead by 13% among North Carolina women.

In Ohio, Clinton leads by 14 points among women but is losing by 15 points among men.


2335 GMT: Florida (29 electoral votes) has swung in Trump’s favor, with 45% of the vote counted.

The Republican leads by about 50,000 votes out of more than 4 million cast — a margin of 49.1% to 48.0%.

However, the Clinton campaign is maintaining that areas favorable to the Democrats have not returned yet. In some areas that have been recorded, Clinton is up on Barack Obama’s 2012 vote, with a 7% rise in Palm Beach.


2330 GMT: Polls have closed in the first of our nine swing states — North Carolina (15 electoral votes) and Ohio (18).

They have also closed in West Virgina, where Trump will win easily.

Meanwhile, with about 3.5 million votes counted in the big swing state Florida (29) — 37% of the precincts — Clinton has an edge of 49.2% to 48.0%.

A good sign for Clinton is that Broward County, a large reservoir of Democrat votes, has not been counted yet.


2310 GMT: In the first of the six decisive Senate races that we are watching, Republican Todd Young has a 54%-40% edge over Democrat Evan Bayh in Indiana, with 10% of the vote counted.

Young had overtaken Bayh in the final weeks of polling.

The Democrats and Republicans are split 47-47 in our count of safe and uncontested races. A win for Young is vital if the GOP hopes to retain a majority.


2302 GMT: US networks have already called Indiana and Kentucky for Trump and Vermont for Clinton.

Trump has 66% of the vote so far in Indiana and 65% in Kentucky.


2300 GMT: Polls have closed in Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, South Carolina, Vermont, and Virginia.

None of the states are among our nine swing states. Trump should win Indiana, South Carolina, and Kentucky easily, while Clinton will take Vermont.

However, we will be watching the Trump margin in Georgia (16 electoral votes) carefully. A few weeks ago, he looked wobbly in what is a normally-GOP state. A close race tonight would bode ill for his national chances.

The same can be said of Clinton in Virginia (13). She has pulled away from what was a swing-state status in the summer. Can she maintain a large lead tonight and gave an indication of a likely victory for the White House?


2250 GMT: Two polling stations in California have closed after a shooting in which one person was killed and three injured.

The incident was in Azusa, near Los Angeles.


2245 GMT: More from the exit polls….

Looks like this will be a battle of whom voters dislike least. About 20% of Clinton voters said they chiefly oppose the other candidate, and 27% of Trump supporters said the same. In 2012, the figures were just 8% for Obama voters and 10% for Romney voters.

Only 44% have a favorable rating of Clinton, and only 37% of Trump. The Republican “scared” 37% of voters and “excited” only 13%. Clinton had a better gap, but the number were still poor: 29% scared and 17% excited.

Asked about Trump’s treatment of women, 70% of all voters said they were bothered some or a lot.

Clinton achieved almost the same level over her e-mails, with 62% expressing some measure of disturbance.

Both candidates were regarded as “not honest” by voters — Trump by 65% and Clinton by 59%.

Asked about the economy, 62% said it was “not good” or “poor”, and only 3% said “excellent”.

However, the pessimism is down from 76% in 2012 and 93% in 2008.

Voters also feel a bit better about their personal financial situation, with 30% saying their family’s finances have gotten better in the past year and 27% saying they are worse. In 2012, the numbers were 25% and 33%, respectively.

President Obama scored relatively well, with a 54% favorable response. In 2008, George W. Bush won only 27% approval.


2240 GMT: In the battle of the US TV networks, MSNBC scores a victory — at least here in Guildford, England.

CNN would not load on the EA Live Coverage laptop. Fox’s Live Stream gave up after a few minutes. But MSNBC’s Lester Holt and Co. are coming in loud and strong.


2230 GMT: Snippets from exit polls today….

White women with college degrees, who slightly favored Republican Mitt Romney over Barack Obama in 2012, gave Clinton an 8% edge. But white women without college degrees backed Trump by a 59%-35% margin.

Will the Clinton camp get encouragement from the high number of Latino and African American voters in swing state Florida — 39% sampled today were “people of color”, compared to 33% in 2012?

Voters were asked in polling if Obamacare went too far, not far enough, or was about right in its handling of the long-term, complex challenge of American health care: 45% said too far but 31% said not far enough.

There was a split over international trade, with 41% saying it “takes away U.S. jobs” while 39% believing it “creates more U.S. jobs”. Among Trump voters, 63% said trade took jobs away while 60% of Clinton voters thought it created them.


2220 GMT: Indiana has joined Kentucky in counting votes — Trump has 72% in the Hoosier State so far, and is just under 70% in Kentucky.


2215 GMT: Traditionally, candidates do not give interviews to the press until they make their victory or concession speeches, but Donald Trump is not an ordinary candidate.

So Trump was quickly on Fox News after his ill-fated voting photo-opportunity (see below) to keep the door open for his refusal to accept any loss in a “rigged” system.

The Republican nominee said he would “wait and see what happened” and added that he was hoping to keep everything “honest”.


2210 GMT: Polls have closed in much of Kentucky, and the vote count begun. No surprise here — with the first 1% in, Trump has more than 79% of the ballots.

But Clinton actually took the first victories of the day. In the traditional midnight ballot in Dixville Notch, New Hampshire, she led Trump 4-2 with one vote for the Libertarian Gary Johnson and a write-in selection for Mitt Romney, the 2012 Republican nominee.

Hillary also took 71.6% of the vote in the Pacific island of Guam. Trump did hold on to second with 24.1% of the vote, beating back the challenge of Socialist Party candidate Emidio Soltysik and his 4.2%.

The vote has no impact on the race, as voters in Guam do not have the right to participate in Presidential elections, but the island poll has backed the next US President ever since the initial vote in 1984.


2140 GMT: So before the first polls close in Indiana and Kentucky — both of which will be giving Trump their electoral votes — a recap on some of the fun that has already occurred today.

Here’s Donald Trump and wife Melania not exactly getting the optics right on their photo opportunity casting votes:

trump-melania-vote

And it did not go well for The Donald as he entered the polling station:

Nor was it any better inside:

In contrast, Hillary Clinton’s script worked pretty well as she carried out the ritual of the candidate’s vote, “It is the most humbling experience”:

It was also a fumbling start for the Trump team in swing state Nevada, where they hoped to jam up Clinton’s vote by challenging the legality of Friday’s early voting.

The Trump lawyer insisted that extending the voting by two hours was very wrong, even though state law is clear that the polling station remains open while voters are still waiting.

The judge was most unsympathetic, especially when Trump’s man — who apparently had a most shiny suit — demanded that poll workers be named publicly. “They won’t be intimidated,” he promised.

“Have you not heard of Twitter?” the judge said.

And if Trump’s lawyer had not heard of Twitter, Twitter certainly was watching him:


2130 GMT: Good evening and welcome to your most alternative of alternative live coverage of the US Presidential Election, coming to you from a room in a Travelodge in Guildford in southern England (why Guildford? More on that in a moment.)

No massive teams of researchers scurrying about, looking busy in the background of a wide-angle camera shot. No slickly-dressed anchors. No bright lights, bells, or flashing maps — just one guy with Fox News (hey, CNN, your Live Feed isn’t working) on the computer and the BBC on the TV to my right.

So what have we (or I) got to distinguish this Live Coverage from all the other A) highly-produced TV outlets B) tech-savvy Internet sites C) unhinged conspiracy theorists pouring out instant reaction tonight? Well….

A bit of simplicity. Start with EA’s Guides to the Presidential Election (here) and Senate races (here). We’ve got the Presidential race focused on nine States plus, as a tie-breaker, Maine’s 2nd Congressional District. And for the Senate, it’s six races that will decide the balance between Democrats and Republicans.

Then there’s the latest in sometimes jaded, fleetingly hopeful, always acerbic commentary. Our latest for BBC outlets — with Adam Quinn joining me in the interviews — cover the spectacle and issues up to today’s voting.

See US Audio Analyses: Election Day Observations
US Audio Special: Assessing the Presidential Election…and the State of the Country

And then there is this. Where else can you find one guy who has been just as confused, tired, and sometimes disillusioned as you — but is still hoping it will be all right on the night?

I’m that guy. Put up by the BBC in a Travelodge in Guildford — which shows you, British TV license-payer, that they *are* careful with their budget — before joining BBC Breakfast for reaction to the night’s developments.

So first cup of tea has been drunk. Fox is reloading on a really slow Internet connection, because after all, this is Travelodge. And I’m gonna start tapping whatever catches my attention as we figure out who the Commander-in-Chief is going to be.