America votes in historically tight election

VOTING is underway in one of the fiercest US elections in history, with the race likely to come down to whichever candidate’s voters turn out on the day.

Neither competitor holds a clear lead: Barack Obama has the edge by 48 per cent to 46 in the final Reuters/Ipsos poll but Mitt Romney led in other surveys, including one by Rasmussen.

Yesterday polling firm YouGov called the race for Obama, saying voter surveys would have to be “systematically wrong” to allow a Romney victory.

Such a tight race has led to the very real prospect Obama could receive fewer votes than his rival but still take the presidency due to the electoral college system.

The first states are expected to declare their results shortly after midnight UK time.