The former secretary of state voted Tuesday morning after a whirlwind final day of campaigning on Monday, which included a star-studded rally in Philadelphia with the Obamas, Bruce Springsteen and Jon Bon Jovi, followed by final midnight push in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Clinton smiled and waved as she took to the building to cast her vote, appearing emotional. Bill was right behind her as she shook voters’ hands amid the crowd of people snapping her photo and capturing video of the presidential hopeful.
“So many people are counting on the outcome of this election, what it means for the country,” Clinton, 69, told reporters.”I’ll do the very best I can if I’m fortunate enough to win today.”
Just as Clinton headed out to her polling place, President Obama donned a ballcap left the White House on a much quieter but deeply symbolic gesture of how personally invested he is in Clinton’s success.
He went by motorcade to Fort Lesley J. McNair in Washington to play basketball at the fort’s gym with friends, an Election Day ritual dating back to his own presidential campaigns.
Tim Kaine, Clinton’s running mate, voted in Richmond, Virginia, with his wife, Anne Holton, earlier on Tuesday.
GOP nominee Donald Trump voted in Manhattan. The Secret Service shut down foot traffic in the hour before the presidential hopeful arrived at P.S. 59. He took to the location with his wife Melania, daughter Ivanka along with Ivanka’s husband Jared Kushner and the couple’s young daughter, Arabella.
Trump, 70, shook supporters’ hands and even purchased a cookie from a little boy who stood alongside a table filled with goodies. When reporters asked how Trump feels about early polling results, he said “very good.”
After Trump cast his ballot at a machine on the basketball court in the school’s basement, a reporter asked who he’d voted for. “Tough decision,” he said with a smile.
Melania told reporters: “Exciting day. Fantastic day.”
Asked whether he would concede if the networks call the election in Clinton’s favor, Trump responded: “We’ll see what happens.”
Earlier in the morning, Trump’s son, Eric, tweeted a photo of his filled-out ballot, writing: “It is an incredible honor to vote for my father! He will do such a great job for the U.S.A! #MakeAmericaGreatAgain.”
As his father took to the polling station, Donald Jr. tweeted: “My father is pulling up to vote in NYC. Amazing moment to see how far we have come. We have proved the elites wrong every step of the way!”
As Trump left the polling station, he was met with both boos and praise. Earlier in the morning, before Trump’s arrival, women showed up at the public school topless in protest of the GOP nominee.
Trump’s running mate, Mike Pence, cast his vote just before noon in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Hugging poll workers and complimenting young girls on their snazzy boots, Vice President Joe Biden voted at Alexis I. du Pont High School in Wilmington early Tuesday.
“The bad news is I’m not going away,” Biden joked, adding that he would continue to fight against income inequality after he leaves office.
Accompanied by his wife, Jill, Biden appeared jovial as he posed for selfies at around 7:30 a.m. with bleary-eyed voters, whom he thanked for performing their civic duty. He also saluted volunteers for helping the process run smoothly.
“What’s your name? How are you? I haven’t seen you in mass lately,” the Greenville resident said, working the crowd.
“That happened to me two elections ago,” he told a man wearing a trench coat filling out a voter verification form. “They said, ‘You sure you live here?’ ”
After spending less than a minute casting his ballot, the Vice President declared that, “it’s a beautiful day to vote.”
“It could be a very long night or it could be very short,” he said, telling a reporter to keep an eye on Florida.
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio was seen casting his pick for the next President of the United States Tuesday morning at Park Slope Library.
The most recent battle for the White House has been a controversial one.
Clinton’s use of a private email server during her time as Secretary of State has long plagued her campaign, and a recent hack by WikiLeaks rolled out more than 12,000 internal emails illegally obtained from the private account.
Meanwhile, Trump, 70, has faced backlash for a variety of issues, including comments he made about Mexican-American immigrants, for saying John McCain is “not a war hero,” warring with a Gold Star family, hurling race-based attacks on U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel, mocking a reporter who has a disability, making lewd comments in an unearthed 2005 video about groping and trying to have sex with women and more.