US Election live blog: First results due in race for the White House

The race for the White House is reaching its dramatic final conclusion in America tonight after a bitter and divisive campaign.

Tuesday, 8th November 2016, 11:03 pm
Updated Friday, 18th November 2016, 11:22 am
Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are in the race for the White House

We will be updating you with the latest picture throughout the night, live from the Michigan Democratic party election night event in Detroit.

Under the American system, candidates have to win 270 out of the electoral college’s 538 votes.

The system is devised to give states with the highest populations a larger number of electoral votes - California has the highest with 55 with smaller places having as few as three.

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If a candidate wins a state, whether by one vote or one million, they are awarded all of that state’s electoral votes in all but two places, Nebraska and Maine.

The candidate to reach 270 electoral votes will win the election.

MIDNIGHT:

*Exit polls says Georgia, Virginia and South Carolina too close to call

*Indiana and Kentucky projected to be won by Donald Trump.

*Vermont projected for Hillary Clinton

Those projected results give Clinton three electoral college votes and Trump 19.