US election 2020: A night of voting and results

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Americans went to the polls on 3 November to elect the next US president.

Republican President Donald Trump is up against Democratic challenger Joe Biden.

About 100 millions voters had cast their ballots early.

By the early hours of the morning both Mr Biden and Mr Trump told their supporters they were on course to win. The final result may take some time to emerge.

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image captionDonald Trump addresses his supporters in the White House's East Room where he says he is winning and - with millions of legitimate ballots left to count - declares victory.
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image captionIn the early hours Biden, accompanied by his wife Jill, speaks to supporters in Wilmington, Delaware. He says: "We knew this was going to go long, but who knew we would go into maybe tomorrow morning, maybe even longer!"

Here are pictures from the election day and a night of results.

With a tight race in key states, the candidates need 270 electoral college votes to secure the presidency.

Donald Trump, 74, is seeking to avoid becoming the first incumbent president to lose a re-election fight since George HW Bush in 1992.

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image captionOn Tuesday, President Donald Trump visits his campaign headquarters in Arlington, Virginia
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image captionJoe Biden visits The Warehouse, a support organisation for teenagers, on election day in Wilmington, Delaware
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image captionA voter heads to a polling station in Austin, Texas

With a rise in gun sales in the run-up to election day following a bitter campaign, there were fears of violence and disruption on Tuesday.

But there have been only a few reported incidents of run-ins at polling stations or in the streets.

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image captionVoters cast their ballots at the Cross Insurance Center polling location in Bangor, Maine

In Chicago, a man told police that a group of people attacked his car with baseball bats near a polling station, the New York Times reports.

And in Charlotte, North Carolina, an armed man wearing a Trump hat was arrested after he reportedly intimidated people at a rally.

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image captionVoters deliver their sealed mail-in ballots in green envelopes at David Crockett Elementary School in Phoenix, Arizona
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image captionArtist Dababy shows off his shoes at a polling location in Charlotte, North Carolina

Overall, most Americans went out to vote peacefully - and of course millions stayed home after voting early. The highest turnout in more than a century is expected.

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image captionA voter fills out his ballot in Vancouver, Washington

The FBI is investigating a series of automated calls spreading misinformation.

Dana Nessel, the Michigan attorney-general, said she had received reports of robocalls trying to trick people into staying home on election day.

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image captionA voter shows off her "I Voted" sticker in a polling place at the Weisman Art Museum in Minneapolis, Minnesota
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image captionA voter drops off her ballot in Rollinsville, Colorado
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image captionA woman wears a Black Voters Matter mask while welcoming voters outside of a polling place at the Hadley Park Community Center in Nashville, Tennessee
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image captionA poll worker waves a flag to get the attention of a waiting voter in San Diego, California
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image captionThe Fearless Girl statue is given an "I'm a Future Voter" sticker outside the New York Stock Exchange in Manhattan, New York City
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image captionA poll worker works behind protective plexiglass at downtown Summerlin in Las Vegas, Nevada
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image captionElection workers open ballots at the Palm Beach County Elections Office in West Palm Beach, Florida
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image captionPeople watch early results on television as they gather at Black Lives Matter Plaza near the White House in Washington
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image captionElectoral workers count ballots in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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image captionPeople watch early results come in from Pennsylvania in downtown Brooklyn, New York
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image captionWorkers process absentee ballots in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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