People vote for the next US president in the general election at a polling station in a school gymnasium in New York, November 8, 2016. AFP/Robyn Beck
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A nervous world turned its gaze to America's 200 million-strong electorate Tuesday as it chooses whether to send the first female president or a populist property tycoon to the White House.Trump meanwhile doubled down on his outreach to voters who feel left behind by globalization and social change, finishing with a flourish on his protectionist slogan: "America first".A polling average by tracker site RealClearPolitics gave Clinton a 3.3 percentage point national lead, but Trump is closer or even has the advantage in several of the swing states that he must conquer to pull off an upset.Trump has repeatedly warned that a "corrupt Washington and media elite" is seeking to rig the race and he said last month that he may not concede defeat if he thinks voting is unfair.Last week, US stocks as measured by the S&P 500 index fell for nine straight days for the first time since 1980, only to recover a little when the FBI confirmed Clinton would not face prosecution over her emails.
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