US presidential election 2016: Dates, candidates, parties, everything you need to know - Firstpost

US presidential election 2016: Dates, candidates, parties, everything you need to know


Two days to go for the United States presidential election and if you are still unaware about the candidates and the election race then we have you covered.

As the two candidates — Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump — edge ahead to succeed Barack Obama as the 45th president of the United States, we would like to update you on a few glaring facts about this race.

The candidates

Hillary Clinton, 69, one of the most powerful female politicians in American history, has remained the First Lady when her husband Democrat Bill Clinton was in the White House between 1993 and 2001. She has served as the United States Secretary of State between 2009 and 2013. She has served as the senator of the United States senate between 2001 and 2009. She is a Yale graduate where she earned a Juris Doctor degree or Doctor of Law.

To read more about Hillary and her career, read this Firstpost profile on her.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton waves as she takes the stage to speak at a fundraiser at the Paramount Theatre in Seattle, Friday, Oct. 14, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Hillary Clinton. AP

Donald Trump, 70, is an American business magnate, investor, television personality and and author. He is the chairman and president of The Trump Organisation and the founder of Trump Entertainment Resorts. He is popular for his extravagant lifestyle, candid nature and his part in the reality show 'The Apprentice' which made him a house-hold name.

Donald Trump. Getty images

Donald Trump. Getty images

The campaign

The 2016 US presidential election campaign has seen various ups and downs. While the major talking points were the US economy, American jobs, US-Russia relations, abortion, immigration, racism and terrorism, the candidates 'colourful' nature also made headlines.

The major controversies that surrounded Democrat Hillary Clinton was the email scandal, which is older that her 2016 presidential campaign. The former secretary of state used private email server which might not have broken laws, only if her claims that she did not knowingly share information that was classified holds true.

The Justice Department, State Department and a House panel conducted separate investigations and the clout of allegations — many made by her rival Donald Trump — weighed her down during the campaign.

In the last few months of Donald Trump's presidential campaign, controversies surrounding his sexist comments and allegations of sexual assault against him, grabbed headlines. His campaign which revolved around 'Making America Great Again' was marked with a number of promises, one of which was to build a wall on the US-Mexico border to stop the 'rapists and murderers' from entering American borders.

What are the polls saying?

The election has not been a particularly close one with Hillary Clinton taking the lead in most of the polls, but in the last few days Trump covered a lot of ground and has maintained a close competition with Clinton.

The three televised presidential debates did not go well for Donald Trump, at the end of all three Clinton was announced a clear winner.

Read this Firstpost article to know who will win this race.

Who are the parties?

The Democratic party

Democrats are the centre-left party of America. This favour using taxation to pay for big government projects and welfare. They are pro-gun control (they support it), pro-choice (they believe in a woman's right to make a choice when it comes to her pregnancy), and pro-universal healthcare.

They tend to win in the northern states of America and especially on the coasts and in big cities.

Some of the most famous democrats in the history of American politics are Bill Clinton, John F Kennedy,Roosevelt and Barack Obama.

Famous Democrat personalities are Alec Baldwin, Sean Penn and Oprah Winfrey.

Barack Obama. Reuters

Barack Obama. Reuters

The Republican party

Also called the GOP — The Grand Old Party — the Republicans are the right wing party of the US. The party usually tend to be anti-gun control, anti -immigration, anti-abortion, and anti-universal healthcare. They believe in small government.
They have a strong-hold in southern states of America and the rural areas.

Famous Republican presidents are Ronald Regan, Nixon, George W Bush and Abraham Lincoln (when the party was more progressive).

George Bush. Getty images

George Bush. Getty images

When is the election?

US nationals elect their 45th president on 8 November 2016.

For more on US elections, visit US Election page.

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First Published On : Nov 7, 2016 22:26 IST

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