- Title: Mariachis serenade Trump on election night with Trump Tower performance
- Date: 9th November 2016
- Summary: (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) MARIACHI MUSICIAN FROM MEXICO, MARIELA NAVARRO, SAYING: "(We performed) to have a good time because this election has been very sad and it has had a big impact on all of us and so this is an opportunity to experience some happiness now that the election is coming to an end."
- Embargoed: 24th November 2016 02:32
- Keywords: Mariachis Mariachi band Mexico Trump Tower New York U.S. presidential election candidate Donald Trump Hillary Clinton
- Location: NEW YORK, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES
- City: NEW YORK, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES
- Country: USA
- Topics: Government/Politics,Elections/Voting
- Reuters ID: LVA00257Q16BR
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: A group of mariachis from Mexico serenaded U.S. Republican Nominee Donald Trump on Tuesday night (November 8) with a performance outside his Trump Tower headquarters in Manhattan as the U.S. election enters its final hours.
Wearing traditional mariachi costumes, the musicians performed classic Mexican folk songs with Trump's headquarters towering above them.
"(We performed) to have a good time because this election has been very sad and it has had a big impact on all of us and so this is an opportunity to experience some happiness now that the election is coming to an end," said Mariela Navarro, a Mariachi musician from Mexico.
"We are supporting Hillary because we don't think it's right that there is so much racism and especially not in public like from Mr. Trump and so we are supporter her," added Jesus Alvarez, a Mariachi from Mexico.
Trump's campaign has been one of the most unpopular in living memory in Mexico, ranging from stinging verbal attacks on its migrants, threats against its trade agreements, to his repeated vows to seal off the country behind a huge border wall that he insists Mexico will pay for.
Trump and his rival Democrat Hillary Clinton waged a close battle in several crucial battleground states on Tuesday in their bitter race for the White House, although opinion polls gave Clinton an edge in the closing hours of the campaign.
With voting completed in more than half of the 50 U.S. states, the race was too close to call in Ohio, Florida, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire and Virginia, states that could be vital to deciding which contender wins the presidency.
Both candidates scored early victories in states where they were expected to win. Trump captured conservative states in the South and Midwest, while Clinton swept several states on the East Coast and Illinois in the Midwest.
Those victories were long predicted and not especially significant in the national race, which is likely to turn on a half-dozen toss-up states that will be crucial in the state-by-state fight for 270 Electoral College votes needed to win.
Trump, who has never previously held political office, pledged to shake up the Washington establishment but also alienated many people, including in his own party, with a campaign heavy on personal insults and unorthodox positions such as a proposal to build a wall along the Mexican border to keep out illegal immigrants.
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