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First states declare as polling stations close on east coast

A Democrat polling so strongly in Arizona and Georgia, which last went blue in the 1990s for Clinton, as well as Texas, red since Carter in the 1970s, is the measure of landslides. 

If polling is accurate all three states are on a knife-edge, with a margin of 2.6 per cent in Arizona, 1.2 per cent in Georgia, and 1.1 per cent in Texas.

What time will we get the final result? 

We’re unlikely to know who’s won the presidency until at least the morning, but to get a good idea of who’s on track to win we don’t have to wait until one candidate picks up the needed 270 electoral college votes.

In 2016 Donald Trump’s surprise victory was clear by about 3.30am to 4am GMT following a string of swing states declaring in his favour and making his win all but certain. He officially crossed the 270 threshold at around 7.30am GMT.

That said, if the race is tight, or if counting the vast number of votes by post due to the pandemic proves overwhelming, delays to the declaration of a winner are possible.

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