John McCain has voted in his home state of Arizona, spending barely five minutes in a polling station in Phoenix.
Tipped for defeat in the opinion polls, he chose not to share his thoughts with the assembled international press.
The veteran Senator has carried on campaigning into election day, demonstrating his White House hopes are still alive. But, for McCain and his wife Cindy who accompanied him to the polls, the indications from the vote nationwide are far from encouraging.
A little earlier, McCain’s running mate, Sarah Palin, cast her ballot in her home town of Wasilla, Alaska. The state governor was also showing a robust spirit, saying she hoped to wake up on Wednesday morning as vice-president elect.
Should that not happen, Sarah Palin has at least one consolation. A fresh abuse-of-power investigation has cleared her of wrongdoing into the firing of Alaska’s public safety commissioner over a family feud. A separate ethics probe, earlier, ruled to the contrary.