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THE STATES OF THE NATION; YOUR GUIDE TO US ELECTION'S SWINGS AND BATTLEGROUNDS; It's all about red, blue and grey.

Byline: JACK BLANCHARD Political Editor

THE waiting is nearly over - and we will soon know who has won the 45th US Presidential race.

The battle between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump will reach its climax live on TV, with results rolling in from just before midnight.

Our state-by-state guide will help.

Just remember, Democrats are blue and Republicans are red.

So stock up on hot dogs and root beer - you could be in for a long night.

TRUMP'S SAFE STATES

Alaska Nickname: The Last Frontier Famous for: Polar bears, Sarah Palin Pop: 737,000 Elec/Coll votes: 3 Currently: Republican Chance of switching: 24%

Georgia Nickname: The Peach State Famous for: Coca-Cola & Jimmy Carter Pop: 4.5 million Elec/Coll votes: 16 Currently: Rep Chance of switching: 17.6%

Kansas Nickname: The Sunflower State Famous for: Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz Pop: 2.9 million Elec/Coll votes: 6 Currently: Rep Chances of switching: 2.5%

Alabama Nickname: The Yellowhammer State Famous for: Home of the civil rights Pop: 4.8 million Elec/Coll votes: 9 Currently: Rep Chance of switching 0.1%

Idaho Nickname: The Gem State Famous for: Movie My Own Private Idaho Pop: 1.6 million Elec/Coll votes: 4 Currently: Rep Chances of switching to: 0.6%

Kentucky Nickname: The Bluegrass State Famous for: Bourbon, fried chicken. Pop: 4.4 million Elec/Coll votes: 8 Currently: Rep Chances of switching: 0.4%

Arkansas Nickname: The Natural State Famous for: Wal-Mart and Bill Clinton Pop: 3 million Elec/Coll votes: 6 Currently: Rep Chance of switching: 0.4%

Indiana Nickname: The Hoosier State Famous for: Michael Jackson, James Dean. Pop: 6.6 million Elec/Coll votes: 11 Currently: Rep Chances of switching: 2.3%

Louisiana Nickname: The Bayou State Famous for: New Orleans and the Mardi Gras Pop: 4.7 million Elec/Coll votes: 8 Currently: Rep Chances of switching: 0.6%

Maryland Nickname: The Old Line State Famous for: Seafood Pop: 6 million Elec/Coll votes: 10 Currently: Rep Chances of switching: 0.1%

Montana Nickname: Big Sky Country Famous for: Yellowstone Park Pop: 1 million Elec/Coll votes: 3 Currently: Rep Chances of switching: 3.5%

Mississippi Nickname: The Birthplace of America's Music Famous for: Elvis, the Mississippi Pop: 3 million Elec/Coll votes: 6 Currently: Rep Chances of switching: 1.4%

Nebraska Nickname: The Cornhusker State Famous for: The world's largest woolly mammoth Pop: 1 million Elec/Coll votes: 2 Currently: Rep Chances of switching: 1.6%

Missouri Nickname: The Show-Me State Famous for: Tornadoes, Harry Truman Pop: 6 million Elec/Coll votes: 10 Currently: Rep Chances of switching: 2.9%

North Dakota Nickname: Peace Garden State Famous for: Wheat farming, Theodore Roosevelt Pop: 739,000 Elec/Coll votes: 3 Currently: Rep Chances of switching: 2.1%

Oklahoma Nickname: Native America Famous for: Wheat farming, Theodore Roosevelt Pop: 3.9 million Elec/Coll votes: 7 Currently: Rep Chances of switching: 0.1%

Tennessee Nickname: The Volunteer State Famous for: Nashville, country music Pop: 6.5 million Elec/Coll votes: 11 Currently: Rep Chances of switching: 2.2%

South Carolina Nickname: The Palmetto State Famous for: Hosted the first battle of the US Civil War Pop: 4.8 million Elec/Coll votes: 9 Currently: Rep Chances of switching: 11%

Texas Nickname: The Lone Star State Famous for: Cowboys Pop: 27 million Elec/Coll votes: 38 Currently: Rep Chances of switching: 4.3%

South Dakota Nickname: The Mount Rushmore State Famous for: Mount Rushmore Pop: 853,000 Elec/Coll votes: 3 Currently: Rep Chances of switching: 4.9%

West Virginia Nickname: The Mountain State Famous for: Coal mining, stunning mountain ranges Pop: 1.9 million Elec/Coll votes: 5 Currently: Rep Chances of switching: 0.2%

CLINTON'S SAFE STATES California Nickname: The Golden State Famous for: Hollywood, surfing Pop: 38.8 million Elec/Coll votes: 55 Currently: Democrat Chances of switching: 0.1%

Hawaii Nickname: The Aloha State Famous for: Pearl Harbour Pop: 1.4 million Elec/Coll votes: 4 Currently: Democrat Chance of switching: 1.1%

Connecticut Nickname: The Constitution State Famous for: Yale University Pop: 3.6 million Elec/Coll votes: 7 Currently: Democrat Chance of switching: 4.8%

Illinois Nickname: The Land of Lincoln Famous for: Chicago Pop: 1.4 million Elec/Coll votes: 20 Currently: Democrat Chance of switching: 1.8%

Delaware Nickname: The First State Famous for: First ratified US state Pop: 936,000 Elec/Coll votes: 3 Currently: Democrat Chance of switching: 9.4%

Massachusetts Nickname: The Spirit of America Famous for: Boston Pilgrims.

Pop: 6.7 million Elec/Coll votes: 11 Currently: Democrat Chance of switching: 0.2%

New Jersey Nickname: The Garden State Famous for: Sinatra and Springsteen Pop: 8.9 million Elec/Coll votes: 14 Currently: Democrat Chance of switching: 3.5%

Rhode Island Nickname: The Ocean State Famous for: the smallest US state Pop: 3.8 million Elec/Coll votes: 4 Currently: Democrat Chances of switching: 8.1%

New York Nickname: The Empire State Famous for: New York City Pop: 19.9 million Elec/Coll votes: 29 Currently: Democrat Chance of switching: 0.3%

Vermont Nickname: Green Mountain State Famous for: Ben & Jerrys ice cream Pop: 627,000 Elec/Coll votes: 3 Currently: Democrat Chances of switching: 2.1%

Oregon Nickname: The Beaver State Famous for: National parks Pop: 3.8 million Elec/Coll votes: 7 Currently: Democrat Chances of switching: 7.6%

Washington Nickname: The Evergreen State Famous for: Seattle Pop: 7 million Elec/Coll votes: 12 Currently: Democrat Chances of switching: 2.6%

Arizona Nickname: The Grand Canyon State Famous for: The Grand Canyon Pop: 6.8 million Elec/Coll votes: 11 Currently: Republican Chance of switching to Clinton: 26.9%

Iowa Nickname: The Hawkeye State Famous for: Farming corn Pop: 3.1 million Elec/Coll votes: 9 Currently: Democrat Chance of switching to Trump: 71.6%

Utah Nickname: The Beehive State Famous for: Mormons Pop: 2.9 million Elec/Coll votes: 6 Currently: Rep Chance of switching to 3rd-party candidate Evan McMullin: 22%

Colorado Nickname: The Centennial State Famous for: The Rocky Mountains Pop: 5.4 million Elec/Coll votes: 9 Currently: Democrat Chance of switching to Trump: 26.3%

Maine Nickname: The Pine Tree State Famous for: Lobster Pop: 1.3 million Elec/Coll votes: 4 Currently: Democrat Chance of switching to Trump: 22.2%

Virginia Nickname: Birthplace of the Nation Famous for: First English settlement Jamestown Pop: 8.3 million Elec/Coll votes: 13 Currently: Democrat Chance of switching to Trump: 17.8%

Florida Nickname: The Sunshine State Famous for: Disney World.

Pop: 19.9 million Elec/Coll votes: 29 Chances: Trump 50.4%

Clinton 49.6%

Michigan Nickname: The Wolverine State Famous for: Detroit. Pop: 9.9 million Elec/Coll votes: 16 Currently: Democrat Chance of switching to Trump: 21.8%

Wisconsin Nickname: The Copper State Famous for: Harry Houdini, & NFL's Green Bay Packers Pop: 5.8 million Elec/Coll votes: 10 Currently: Democrat Chance of switching to Trump: 18.6%

SWING STATES THE ODDS

THE US election is the second-biggest betting event of the year behind the Grand National, according to Ladbrokes. Bookies anticipate 35 bets per minute today as we stay up into the early hours awaiting the result.

Odds of a Clinton win are 2/9 and Trump is 10/3.

Wyoming Nickname: The Equality State Famous for: First state to give women the vote Pop: 584,000 Elec/Coll votes: 3 Currently: Rep Chances of switching: 0.9%

Minnesota Nickname: The North Star State Famous for: The World's first shopping mall Pop: 5.5 million Elec/Coll votes: 10 Currently: Democrat Chance of switching: 18.3%

Nevada Nickname: The Silver State Famous for: Las Vegas and gambling Pop: 2.8 million Elec/Coll votes: 6 Currently: Democrat Chance of switching to Trump: 48.6%

New Hampshire Nickname: The Granite State Famous for: Vast quarries and Bill Bryson.

Pop: 1.3 million Elec/Coll votes: 4 Currently: Democrat Chance of switching to Trump: 35.2%

New Mexico Nickname: The Land of Enchantment Famous for: Mexican desert Pop: 2 million Elec/Coll votes: 4 Currently: Democrat Chance of switching to Trump: 17.8%

North Carolina Nickname: The First in Flight State Famous for: First powered flight in 1903 Pop: 10 million Elec/Coll votes: 15 Currently: Rep Chance of switching to Clinton: 49.6%

Ohio Nickname: The Buckeye State Famous for: Predicting the US elections winners Pop: 11.6 million Elec/Coll votes: 18 Currently: Democrat Chance of switching to Trump: 64.2%

Pennsylvania Nickname: The Keystone State Famous for: Hershey bars and Andy Warhol Pop: 11.6 million Elec/Coll votes: 20 Currently: Democrat Chance of switching to Trump: 24.5%

Figures on map show number of electoral college votes per state in 2016. The red or blue denotes how each state is expected to vote. Those in grey are undecided Florida
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