Campaigns come to an end as America prepares to choose its next president

One of the most divisive presidential campaigns in history has come to an end as America finally gets down to the business of choosing its next president

Campaigns come to an end as America prepares to choose its next president

Musician Lady Gaga, right, points to Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton as she departs a midnight rally in North Carolina State. Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016. Image: AP Photo/Andrew Harnik

Tonight America will decide who is to replace Barack Obama in the White House and become the next President of the United States.

Presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have presented very different visions of America's future as they staged their final campaign events.

The final day of campaigning saw Clinton at a huge rally in swing state Pennsylvania, where she was joined by President Obama and rock stars, Bruce Springsteen and Jon Bon Jovi.

Later in North Carolina, Lady Gaga voiced her support by calling the former Secretary of State "unstoppable" and "made of steel."

An estimated crowd of 40,000 people gathered in front of Independence Hall in Philadelphia, where the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution were adopted, the Democratic candidate promised to unite the country following a toxic campaign.

She said: "What will we vote for, not just against? We have to heal this country, we have to bring people together, listen and respect each other."

Urging supporters to get out and vote, she told them: "Tomorrow, we face a test of our time. None of us wants to wake up and think that we could have done more."

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally in Grand Rapids, Mich., Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016. Image: AP Photo/Paul Sancya

Trump finished out his campaign with a whistle-stop tour of the states most likely to decide the election and repeated his message that the presidential vote is "rigged" and allegations that his rival is "corrupt" and a “phony.”

He told voters at a rally in Florida: "You have one magnificent chance to beat the corrupt system and deliver justice - do not let this opportunity slip away."

The property tycoon was joined at a rally in Manchester, New Hampshire, by his daughter Ivanka, who promised the crowd: "He will never let you down."

Both candidates will be in New York on election night, with the Republican billing his planned event at a Hilton hotel as a "victory party".

Mrs Clinton has said she will vote in the early morning at a school near her home in Chappaqua, New York.

Security is expected to be tight as Americans go to the polls after US authorities received intelligence of a possible pre-election al-Qaeda attack.

More than 5,000 police officers will be assigned to secure midtown Manhattan.

Barack Obama will remain in the White House until 20 January when the election winner will take the oath of office and become the 45th president of the United States.

Newstalk will have live results coverage of the election starting at 10pm tonight on air with a special election show and live updates and analysis all night on Newstalk.com.

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