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Labour predicts Clinton win, Key won't say

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 8/11/2016

Clinton and Trump © Getty Images Clinton and Trump Labour's leaders are expecting, and even hoping for Hillary Clinton to win the US election, but just a day out the Prime Minister still won't say who he thinks will win.

The latest polls are showing Mrs Clinton pulling ahead of Donald Trump, which is good news for Labour deputy leader Annette King who wants to see the US catch up to New Zealand in having a woman in power.

"I want her to win and I want her to be the first woman president of the United States. They're a long way behind New Zealand who have had two prime ministers who are women," she said, adding she thought Mrs Clinton would win.

Labour leader Andrew Little said his sense is that Mrs Clinton is odds-on to win but said the polls got the Brexit results wrong.

He said if he were to win next year's election he would work with whoever won to ensure New Zealand's strong relationship with the US continues.

As would Prime Minister John Key, who said he would still accept an invitation to the White House if Mr Trump won, noting that he meets with leaders around the world who have policies the government disagrees with.

But as for the outcome, he is keeping his gut feeling on the winner to himself.

"It's one more sleep. I could offer a view but I might be wrong. Who knows," he said.

"It's been a pretty brutal campaign, I suspect everyone from the candidates to the American public will be pleased when it's over tomorrow."

ACT leader David Seymour was less shy about his views.

Asked what he'd do if Mr Trump won he responded that he'd "probably make sure that my bomb shelter is properly stocked".

The US votes on November 8 and the results are expected to start coming through Wednesday afternoon New Zealand time.

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