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The most powerful nation on earth is about to elect a new leader, with the impact felt across the globe. Today, people from around the world will be glued to their TV to watch updates about the election polls and the subsequent results on 9th November.
When the US picks its president, it is not only choosing a head of state but a head of government and a commander-in-chief of the largest military on the planet.
Since Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump were officially nominated at their party’s conventions in July, the 2016 elections has been filled with lots of drama.
They are two of the most unpopular candidates in modern American history.
There has been a slew of controversies generated by Donald Trump, from the moment the New York businessman launched his campaign with the description of Mexican immigrants as “rapists and criminals”. He’s had to defend his refusal not to release his tax returns and the suggestion he has paid no federal income tax for 18 years, plus field questions surrounding his charitable foundation.
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The biggest bombshell to jolt the Trump campaign came with the publication of a video from 2005, where he is referring to a woman in sexually offensive terms when he was caught on a live microphone during the filming of a soap. Post that, more than half a dozen women have accused him of sexual assault, and he has hit back forcefully, accusing them of being liars and not attractive enough to warrant his attention.
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And Hillary Clinton has had her share of anxious moments too. The damage wrought by her private email arrangement to her reputation is thought to be significant. Questions have been raised about the foreign donations to the Clinton Foundation. Also, WikiLeaks has been revealing hacked emails that have laid bare some embarrassing conversations between members of her campaign team.
These constant controversies have only added to the hype around the elections.