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(RNN) - Clinton is slightly ahead in the electoral college count after winning California's 55 electoral college seats - the largest chunk of the electoral college.

Many races in swing states are too close to call, including the traditional blue states of Wisconsin and Michigan.

However, Donald Trump is winning the swing states, including Florida's important 29 electoral votes and taking Ohio's 18. The billionaire who ignited a populist movement continues to chip away at the "blue-state" coalition Democrat Hillary Clinton needs to win. Trump is ahead in Michigan, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania.

Virginia went to Clinton, which is where Sen. Tim Kaine, her running mate, is from.

Clinton's double-digit lead after the third debate evaporated when FBI Director James Comey announced another investigation into Clinton's emails. Two days before the election, he then said there was no new information that warranted criminal charges.

Trump has won Alabama, Arkansas, Ohio, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, West Virginia and Wyoming.

Hillary Clinton, the Democratic candidate, takes California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, and Washington, DC. Polls are closing in some east coast states this hour.

The tumult has caused international markets to drop, as well as Dow futures plunging more than 600 points. S&P futures are down 3 percent.

Vigo County, IN, which has voted for the winner of the past 15 presidents went to Trump. However, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence is the Republican candidate for vice president this election.

The two candidates will celebrate or drown their sorrows about a mile and half from each other in New York City. Trump and running mate Indiana Gov. Mike Pence are watching the results from Trump Tower. Clinton and her running mate Tim Kaine are at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center.

The election itself has even come under fire with Republican Donald Trump calling it rigged long before voting even began. A Nevada judge tossed the Trump campaign's lawsuit Tuesday that claimed Clark County illegally kept its polling places open late on the last night of early voting. 

Nevada law allows people already in line to vote after polls close, but the campaign claimed people who weren't in line were allowed as well. A spokesperson for the state Republican Party said it was not part of the suit and claimed suits of that type were not unusual. 

Aside from long lines at the polls, in Durham, NC, officials are deciding if polls should stay open an extra hour after the electronic poll book didn't work first thing Tuesday morning. 

The only other incident of note was a shouting match at a polling place in Jupiter, FL where a Hillary Clinton supporter pushed a Trump supporter to the ground when she pepper sprayed him after a shouting match, according to the Palm Beach Post. The scuffle happened well outside the permitted perimeter for campaigning. 

Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton have traded barbs and insults - some subtle and some not - for months leading up to Tuesday's election. He's called her "nasty" and she's called him "unfit."

A spokesperson for former President George W. Bush announced that he and his wife Laura did not vote for either candidate, but voted Republican on down ticket races.

Voters in the tiny towns of Dixville Notch, Hart's Location and Millfield, NH, cast the first ballots of the 2016 election at midnight, starting what is expected to be a busy day of balloting. Republican Donald Trump prevailed over Democrat Hillary Clinton by a 32-25 margin, the AP reported.

Clinton herself voted Tuesday morning in her hometown of Chappaqua, NY, to the cheers of supporters outside the polling location. Her husband, former President Bill Clinton was with her at the polling location.

"It is the most humbling feeling," Clinton told reporters after casting her ballot. "I know how much responsibility goes with this. So many people are counting on the outcome of this election."

Trump voted in New York City near his home in Trump Tower with his wife, Melania, and adult children in tow. He waved to supporters and bought a cookie from children with a booth inside the polling location.

Democratic vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine cast his vote in Richmond, VA, while Republican VP pick Mike Pence voted in Indianapolis, following a bike ride with his wife. 

"A day like today is very humbling and very moving for our little family," Pence said. "We're just so grateful for the support and prayers from people all across the United States, for Donald Trump and for our firm belief that we can make America great again."

It's been a contentious affair with allegations of corruption on both sides, temperaments being declared disqualifying, charges of racism and a threat of imprisonment.

Trump has promised to accept the results of the vote if it names him president-elect, but polls leading up to Election Day indicate he's behind in public sentiment and hasn't gained enough support in states with a history of deciding the outcome.

Clinton has led Trump in polling since they won their parties' nominations over the summer. But Trump and his supporters have dismissed those polls as biased and rigged against him, along with the media outlets who sponsor and report their results.

Her lead has fluctuated throughout the race and grew smaller leading up to the election because of new information released by the FBI regarding emails sent from a private server during her time as secretary of state.

FBI director James Comey said in July he would not pursue criminal charges against Clinton due to a lack of evidence that she intended to violate rules regarding classified information, but said she was careless with the material and refuted several of her claims about the server's security and what was in the emails she received on it.

Then, Oct. 28, 11 days before the election, Comey said the FBI was reviewing additional emails it discovered while investing former New York congressman Anthony Weiner for sexting with a 15-year-old girl. The emails were on a computer Weiner shared with his now-estranged wife Huma Abedin, a longtime Clinton aide.

Comey then sent a letter to Congress on Sunday saying he stood by the July decision to not prosecute the case.

Republicans criticized Comey for closing the investigation and praised the announcement that he was looking into the Weiner emails. Clinton and fellow Democrats chided Comey for interjecting himself into the race so close to Election Day without provided further information.

On Sunday, after Comey's latest letter to Congress, Clinton representatives called the matter "resolved." Clinton herself declined to comment on the issue during her campaign events.

Trump reacted by saying Clinton is "protected by a rigged system," a claim he has made for weeks.

The insinuation that Trump may not concede defeat should he lose has had political analysts wondering what that would mean for both this election and future ones, what avenues to challenge the results are open to him and if election-season partisan divide can be quelled should Clinton be named the next president.

At issue between the two are how to handle illegal immigration, increase job growth, respond to threats from international terrorism, lower healthcare costs and fill the open seat on the Supreme Court.

President Barack Obama nominated Merrick Garland to fill the seat vacated by the death of Antonin Scalia in February but Republicans in the Senate have refused to consider his nomination because of the election.

A Trump win would end Garland's candidacy as Republicans have vowed to wait for the next president to be sworn in. It's unclear what would happen if Clinton is elected.

Clinton has not committed to upholding Garland's nomination as president and Garland could be confirmed before she takes office by a Republican-led Senate worried she would nominate a far more liberal justice. Garland is considered a moderate and would be more palatable for Republicans than the type of left-leaning justice Clinton has promised to nominate.

That could also lead to Senate Democrats stalling Garland's nomination in the hopes Clinton will nominate a more liberal justice.

Complicating things is the Senate's Republican majority is in jeopardy with several tight races being contested. Republicans currently hold a 54-46 advantage. There are 34 senators up for re-election - 24 Republicans and 10 Democrats. Democrats would need to pick up a net of five or more additional seats to have control of the Senate.

If Democrats pick up four seats, the party that wins the presidential election would control the Senate due to the vice president's ability to break ties. Anything less than four and Republicans will maintain their majority.

Predictions differ on what will happen, but most favor Democrats gaining the majority.

Republicans will maintain their majority in House of Representatives.

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