Protesters gather outside the White House as Trump edges ahead in close election

In a tight race, Donald Trump looks as though he may claim victory over Hillary Clinton

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Image: The White House is lit up in Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016, as Americans cast their votes marking the end of a bitterly divisive presidential campaign. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Ahead of the election, it looked as though Donald Trump faced a very difficult path to the 270 Electoral College votes he needed to win the Presidency. 

However, as the night wore on and he claimed victory in a number of tight races across the country, including Florida and North Carolina, his path to victory became a lot wider. 

Polls ahead of the election proved to be wide of the mark, with the support for Trump exceeding the expectations perhaps even of his own camp. 

As the story continued to form throughout the evening, protesters gathered outside the White House in Washington with a simple message to say "we are better than bigotry."

Images of the display were captured and shared on social media as the night wore on, including the flash choir that gathered to sing. 

Equally, Trump supporters have been outside the White Hosue also, celebrating as they believed their candidate was on the verge of being elected.