British-based US Democrat supporters and voters have said the election is all still to play for, despite Donald Trump winning a number of key states.
Packing out a sports bar in London’s Marylebone, more than 500 people gathered to watch the results roll in at the Democrats Abroad UK (DAUK) election party – with many staying well into the small hours.
As the race for the Oval Office began to heat up with the Republican hopeful clinching wins in Ohio, North Carolina and Florida and the Democrat nominee claiming victory in Virginia and other states, there were mixed emotions amongst those awaiting the final result.
Former DAUK deputy chairwoman Karin Robinson said, before the results were officially declared, that “it is not looking good” for the Democrats at the moment.
“It is still all to play for because a lot of Democratic-leaning counties have not declared yet in critical states,” she added.
Ms Robinson said it is likely the party will take Michigan and New Hampshire, adding: “But it all hinges on Wisconsin, and I really don’t know how to predict Wisconsin.
“It certainly is not looking as we had hoped at the beginning of the night, in all kinds of ways, and we will all have to think long and hard about why that is.
“But again, it is not over yet.”
As the hours ticked away the atmosphere switched between jubilation, concern and shock as it looked like the Republican was going to claim presidential victory in the tightly-fought race.
Some shouted out in disbelief, while others shook their heads as the victories for Trump flashed up on the many television screens inside the venue.
But the room would erupt with cheers and clapping every time Clinton won a state, and as the election went down to the wire some became emotional as it looked possible a Democrat might not be the next Commander in Chief.
Before the election was officially called DAUK deputy chairwoman, Inge Kjemtrup, said: “It is really not looking like very good news.
“It is time to think about what we need to do next – I think one of the things we are really going to have to focus on is building up the senate and starting with local races.
“I think there are some areas where clearly we weren’t aware of some of the strength of feelings, and the disenfranchisement that some voters feel.”
She added: “As Democrats Abroad I feel confident we really did our best to call and reach out to as many Democrats as we could.”
Attendees took to the spirit of the election party and wore outfits ranging from Wonder Woman, to a sequinned Stars and Stripes waistcoat, as well as Hillary t-shirts, and stickers telling others where they had voted.
Joan Cole, who donned a sombrero in reference to the Republican’s pledge to build a wall along the American Mexican border, spent four hours handcrafting a banner bearing the words “humpty Trumpty sat on a wall” and “adios Trump” for the event.
DAUK chairman Robert Ravelli told the Press Association as their party came to a close at around 5.30am that it had “been a longer night than they all thought” it would be.
“We will have to wait and see in the next couple of hours how it goes,” he said.
“In 1960 Kennedy won only because he won the state of Illinois – it was that close. We have had very close elections before, back in 2000 – this could very well go down to the wire.”