Americans are choosing between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trumpas voting in the United States presidential election goes into full swing, the BBC reports.

 

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It began with a handful of villages in New Hampshire just after midnight before states throughout the East Coast started polling at 06:00 EST (11:00 GMT).

 

Clinton cast her vote with Bill Clinton in Chappaqua, New York state. She and Trump both targeted battleground states on Monday. A hectic round of campaigning took them both to rallies in North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Michigan.

 

Americans are choosing a new president after one of the most rancorous election campaigns the country has seen.

 

Democratic contender Clinton urged voters to back a “hopeful, inclusive, big­hearted America” while Trump told supporters they had a “magnificent chance to beat the corrupt system”. Polls give Clinton a four­point lead over Republican 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 Clinton. Long queues have formed at polling stations in the key battleground state of Virginia, a BBC correspondent reports.

 

The rivals held the final rallies of their campaigns after midnight ­ Mr Trump in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and Clinton in Raleigh, North Carolina.

 

“Today the American working class is going to strike back, finally,” said Mr Trump, pledging to reverse job losses.

 

Earlier, in New Hampshire, he told supporters: “We are just one day away from the change you’ve been waiting for all your life.

 

“Together we will make America wealthy again, we will make America strong again, we will make America safe again and we will make America great again.”

 

Mrs Clinton told her audience that they did not “have to accept a dark and divisive vision of America”.

 

She looked forward to “a fairer, stronger, better America. An America where we build bridges, not walls. And where we prove conclusively that love trumps hate”.

 

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