Voters who surged into polling places across America on Tuesday were sharply divided over whether either Donald J. Trump and Hillary Clinton has the experience and character to lead the nation, and large majorities of those who cast ballots expressed doubts about the honesty and integrity of both candidates.
Eugene Cox, 85, a former college history professor, voted at the Free Library in Wellesley, Mass. Credit Cheryl Senter for The New York Times
A race that has been dominated by ugly, personal attacks appears to have taken a serious toll on voters, who said in early exit polling that they have serious misgivings about Mr. Trump’s treatment of women and about Mrs. Clinton’s use of a private email server.
Many voters who cast ballots early in the day said they were eager for a president who could bring change to Washington, though they expressed dismay that issues like the economy have been largely overlooked in the brutal, long and nasty campaign.
Here are some of the day’s other highlights:
• Does anyone trust the presidential hopefuls? Months of personal character attacks by both candidates appear to have left voters largely dissatisfied with their choices, according to early exit polls: only about 4 in 10 voters viewed Mrs. Clinton as honest and trustworthy, while slightly fewer said that Mr. Trump is honest.
• Whose resume is better? Mrs. Clinton’s experience appears to pass the test with voters, about half of whom said the former senator and secretary of state is qualified to serve as president. Fewer than 4 in 10 said the same of Mr. Trump, who has embraced his status as a businessman and a Washington outsider.
• How did the scandals play? More than 4 in 10 voters said Mrs. Clinton’s email controversies bothered them “a lot” while a larger proportion — 6 in 10 — said they were bothered a lot by Mr. Trump’s treatment of women.
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Hillary Clinton, with former President Bill Clinton, greeted people outside the polling station in Chappaqua, N.Y., after they voted Tuesday morning. Credit Doug Mills/The New York Times
Could it be Madam President? Mrs. Clinton could sweep away the gender barrier from the White House, yet her history-making potential has not received the attention that Mr. Obama’s candidacy did when he broke the presidential color line eight years ago.
But that is not to say her potential to be America’s first female president, along with the boorish comments that Mr. Trump has made about women, have not captured the attention of many voters. In every battleground state, the share of women as a percentage of the overall electorate has been higher in early voting than it was in the 2012 election.
Women, especially those with college degrees, have been galvanized this year. If they continue with their trend in the early vote and outperform their turnout from 2012, Mr. Trump could face a punishing defeat.
What is Trump’s way forward? Mr. Donal Trump has one real path to the presidency: run up the score among white voters without a college degree enough to compensate for his losses among well-educated and nonwhite voters.
National surveys suggest Mr. Trump is poised to fare far better among white voters without a degree than Mr. Romney did four years ago, even if the same surveys show Mrs. Clinton in the lead. He leads that group by an average of 30 points in recent national surveys, compared with Mr. Romney’s 23-point edge in 2012.
If the polls and reporting are correct, Mr. Trump could make big gains in places that have been Democratic strongholds for generations, like Scranton, Pa.; Youngstown, Ohio; or Duluth, Minn.
Mr. Trump excelled in these areas in the Republican primary. The old bastions of the industrial left in Britain voted resoundingly to leave the European Union this year.
People waited in line to vote in Miami’s Little Havana neighborhood in Florida on Tuesday. Credit Scott McIntyre for The New York Times
The Hispanic population, a sleeping giant, is now awake. The Hispanic turnout will be far higher than it was in 2012: The number of Hispanics who voted early in Florida this year is about the same as it was four years ago. The same story holds in heavily Hispanic areas across the country, whether the Latino neighborhoods of Las Vegas or the Texas counties along the Rio Grande.
Mrs. Clinton’s exact margin among Hispanic voters could prove just as important. She will probably win Latino voters by an even wider margin than Mr. Obama did, but polls have not always been clear on just how much she might beat Mr. Obama’s 2012 results. He won Latino voters by a margin of 44 percentage points, 71 to 27, according to exit polls.
The Latino vote has the best shot of deciding the election in Florida, where Hispanic voters represent a well-above-average share of the population. Mr. Trump does not have a credible path to the presidency without the state’s 29 electoral votes.
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