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Republican candidate Donald Trump cast his vote at a polling station in Manhattan, New York City.

Donald Trump greeted voters before casting his vote in the presidential election.

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He was accompanied by his wife, Melania, and daughter, Ivanka, who also cast their ballots.

Speaking earlier by phone to Fox News, Donald Trump said: “I see so many hopes and so many dreams out there that didn’t happen, that could have happened, with leadership, with proper leadership. And people are hurt so badly.”

Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton has just voted at a polling station near her in Chappaqua, New York state.

Emerging from the polling station, a smiling Hillary Clinton shook hands with supporters.Hillary Clinton on Brussels attacks

“I’m so happy,” she said.

“I’m just incredibly happy. All my friends and my neighbors, it makes me so happy.”

Hillary Clinton was escorted by her husband, former President Bill Clinton.

American voters are heading to the polls to choose a new president after one of the most rancorous election campaigns the US has seen.

Voting has begun on the East Coast at 06:00 EST , though some villages in New Hampshire have already polled.

Both candidates criss-crossed America in a hectic last-minute campaign push for votes.

Results should begin emerging late on Tuesday night.

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Hillary Clinton urged voters to back a “hopeful, inclusive, big-hearted America” while Donald Trump told supporters they had a “magnificent chance to beat the corrupt system”.

Polls give Hillary Clinton a four-point lead over Donald Trump.

A record number of Americans – more than 46 million – have voted early by post or at polling stations.

There are signs of a high turnout among Hispanic voters, which is believed to favor Hillary Clinton.

The candidates held the final rallies of their campaigns after midnight – Donald Trump in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and Hillary Clinton in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Election Day follows a bitter campaign during which the candidates have traded insults and become mired in a series of scandals.

At a star-studded event in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Hillary Clinton was joined on stage by celebrities Bruce Springsteen and Jon Bon Jovi as well as her husband Bill, President Barack Obama and the First Lady.

At his rally in Scranton in the same state, Donald Trump insisted the momentum was with his campaign.

He described Hillary Clinton as the “most corrupt person ever to seek the presidency”, referring to an FBI investigation into Clinton’s use of a private email server while she was serving as secretary of state between 2009 and 2013.

Election Day voting began just after midnight in the small New Hampshire village of Dixville Notch, where seven votes were cast – four for Hillary Clinton, two for Donald Trump and one for the libertarian Gary Johnson.

Results are expected sometime after 23:00 EST once voting ends on the West Coast. State projections will not be available until polling ends – in most states between 19:00 EST and 20:00 EST.

Barack Obama has urged Democrats of all ethnic backgrounds to get out and vote for Hillary Clinton, warning that the fate of the US – and the world – is at stake.

The president said Donald Trump was a threat to hard-earned civil rights.

Barack Obama was speaking at a rally in North Carolina.

Donald Trump said Barack Obama should stop campaigning for Hillary Clinton and focus on running the country.

“The bottom line is, no-one wants four more years of Obama,” the Republican candidate told supporters in Pensacola, Florida.

Donald Trump said Hillary Clinton had become “unhinged” in recent days.Barack Obama blames media for Donald Trump coverage

Americans will vote for the candidate they want to see in the White House on November 8, with recent polls showing the race tightening between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.

Barack Obama told supporters in the key battleground state of North Carolina: “The fate of the republic rests on your shoulders.

“The fate of the world is teetering and you, North Carolina, are going to have to make sure that we push it in the right direction.

“I am not on the ballot, but I tell you what – fairness is on the ballot; decency is on the ballot; justice is on the ballot; progress is on the ballot; our democracy is on the ballot.”

The FBI is now investigating new emails that may be linked to its probe into Hillary Clinton’s private email server.

FBI chief James Comey has faced a fierce backlash for announcing the move just 11 days before the presidential election.

Earlier, Barack Obama implicitly criticized James Comey over the new inquiry into Hillary Clinton’s email use.

It emerged in March 2015 that Hillary Clinton had been breaking federal rules by operating a private email server while she was secretary of state from 2009-2013.

Hillary Clinton’s lawyers combed through the server and provided the state department with 30,000 work-related emails, but her campaign deleted another 33,000 messages, saying they were personal in nature.

James Comey concluded in July that Hillary Clinton had been “extremely careless” in handling classified information, but there were no grounds for any charges.