UPDATE 5:40PM | DONALD Trump has been elected the 45th President of the United States of America.
The Associated Press was first to call the result after Trump took out the state of Wisconsin, awarding him 276 electoral votes. Just 270 votes were needed to claim victory.
Hillary Clinton called Donald Trump to concede defeat a short time ago.
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UPDATE 5:17PM | DONALD Trump now has 266 of the 270 electoral votes needed to claim presidency.
Hillary Clinton is trailing on 218 after winning the statewide vote in Maine.
UPDATE 4:55PM | DONALD Trump is now just SIX votes away from being declared the 45th President of the United States of America.
Trump now leads with 264 of the 270 electoral votes needed to claim presidency after declaring victory in the state of Pennsylvania.
UPDATE 4:15PM | DONALD Trump is within reach of the White House after declaring crucial victories over Hillary Clinton in several key states, including Florida, Ohio and North Carolina.
Trump remains in the lead, with 254 of the 270 votes needed to claim presidency.
Clinton is trailing on 215.
UPDATE: 3:38PM | HILLARY Clinton has just claimed the state of Nevada, giving her 215 of the 270 votes needed to claim presidency.
Donald Trump is still leading the race to the White House, however, with 244 of the votes.
Australia’s Foreign Minister Julie Bishop addressed media outside Parliament House a short time ago where she said Trump was likely to win the election.
“At this stage, it would appear that Donald Trump is most likely to claim the presidency,” Ms Bishop said.
The last time the Republicans had the White House, the House and the Senate was back in 1928.MORE TO COME …
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UPDATE 3:15PM | MORE than $60 billion has been wiped from the Australian stock market – according to Finance Editor Ross Greenwood – as the world reacts to the prospect of a Donald Trump presidency.
Tump is just one state away from declaring victory.
UPDATE 3:05PM | DONALD Trump is edging closer towards becoming America’s next President – now leading with 244 electoral votes to Hillary Clinton’s 209.
A total of 270 votes are needed for either party to declare victory.
Meanwhile here in Australia, Pauline Hanson has called the election early, congratulating Trump on Twitter.
“@realDonaldTrump Mr President my door will always be open. Congrats on behalf of Pauline Hanson’s One Nation Party of OZ. #MAGA #auspol,” Hanson Tweeted.
UPDATE 2.30pm: Donald Trump has shot back into the lead with 216 electoral votes from 22 states.
Hillary Clinton is trailing with 197 electoral votes from 17 states.
UPDATE @ 2.05pm: Hillary Clinton has taken a slight lead in the US election with 190 electoral votes at last count.
Donald Trump has 187 electoral votes under his belt after taking out the crucial seat of Florida.
UPDATE @ 2.00pm: Trump has won the crucial state of Florida as counting in the US election continues.
The New York Times has predicted a 90% chance of a Trump Presidency.
All eyes are now on the remaining key state of Michigan, with counting in this area still too close to call.
More to come.
EARLIER @ 11.30am: The race to the White House is well and truly on! After what has been one of the most fascinating elections to date, in just a matter of hours, the US will have a new president.
Trump has shot to an early lead, being declared the winner of Indiana, Kentucky, South Carolina, Oklahoma, West Virginia and Mississippi.
Clinton has taken out Maryland, Massachusetts, Illinois, Rhode Island, Delaware and New Jersey and is looking like she could be heading for victory in North Carolina and New York.
— Nine News Australia (@9NewsAUS) November 9, 2016
EARLIER @ 8.15am: Today’s the day! Americans have flocked to the polls to cast their vote for the 45th President of the United States.
In what has been one of the most fascinating elections to date, in just a matter of hours, either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton will be calling the White House home.
Both presidential candidates have appeared in public in New York to cast their votes alongside their spouses, with President Barack Obama also casting his ballot early this morning.
Security have already been put to work with two topless women storming through the Midtown New York City polling booth protesting against Trump. The pair were quickly taken away before the controversial republican candidate arrived to cast his vote.
More than 45 million Americans have already voted with the first polls to close at 6.00pm local time (9.00am AEDT).
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 8, 2016
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) November 8, 2016
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) November 8, 2016