When Is The US Election 2016 And When Will We Know The Result?

After all of the tumult and tedium of a long, ugly presidential election campaign, Election Day in America on Tuesday (November 8, 2016) is all about which candidate can win enough states to get to 270 electoral votes.


Ultimately, no one knows, but given when key states declare, US networks will likely call the result between 4am-6am on Wednesday morning, unless it’s another Bush-Gore election from 2000 when the result wasn’t called for days. It could be earlier if Trump’s support collapses or later if the race is closer than polls would suggest.


The first burst of results will emerge when polls close at 7pm (midnight, Wednesday UK time) in Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, South Carolina, Vermont and Virginia. Look for more big blasts of numbers just after 8pm (1am) and 9pm (2pm), when polls close in a combined 30 states and the District of Columbia. The 11pm (4am) batch of states includes California, with 55 electoral votes. Alaska, where polls close at 1am (6am) on Wednesday, brings up the rear.


For an early read on how things are going, keep an eye on Virginia in the presidential contest. If Clinton doesn’t get a winner’s call there by 9pm or 10 pm (2am-3am Wednesday), it could be a positive sign for Trump. Watch Indiana for an early indicator in the tug-of-war for control of the Senate.


Four years ago, Obama went to Twitter with his first reaction once the votes clearly pointed toward his re-election. Trump’s tweetstorms are legendary. On election night in 2012, he tweeted that the election was a “total sham and a travesty” and encouraged “a revolution in this country.” He deleted some of the tweets after NBC’s Brian Williams said Trump had “driven well past the last exit to relevance and veered into something closer to irresponsible.” After that, Trump started tweeting rants aimed at Williams.

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