The end is nigh as America decides on their next president
As of November 8th 2016, a total of 1,780 people had filed a statement of candidacy with the Federal Election Commission - today, it comes down to two candidates.
Here's how Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton and Republican candidate Donald Trump made it to the final hurdle:
Amid the New York Times revelation that Clinton used a private email server while she was US Secretary of State, she announces her campaign with a trip to Iowa.
"Today, with your support and the support of millions of people throughout this country, we begin a political revolution to transform our country economically, politically, socially and environmentally," he says.
The brother of former president George W Bush and son of former president George HW Bush, announces his bid for the presidency at a rally in Miami with a massive $100m war chest that promises to “shock and awe”.
At his New York hotel, Trump arrives via grand escalator and refers to Mexicans as "criminals" who bring drugs across the border. However, he does also say that some Mexicans can be assumed to be good people.
Ten Republican candidates took part in the Republic debate on Fox. Trump challenges Fox anchor Megyn Kelly's questioning of his misogynistic commentary, later saying her reasoning was down to "blood coming out of her whatever". The debate marks his first proposal of building a wall between America and Mexico.
"I will build a great wall -- and nobody builds walls better than me, believe me --and I'll build them very inexpensively. I will build a great, great wall on our southern border, and I will make Mexico pay for that wall. Mark my words."
The candidates challenged each other on gun control and foreign policy, with Sanders telling Clinton: “The American people are sick and tired of hearing about your damn emails.”
The controversial choice earned the show its highest ratings since 2012. He previously hosted in 2004
Sanders' staffers staffers accessed private voter data belonging to his rival’s campaign.
Trumps "New York values" questioned, as well as Ted Cruz's eligibility to run for office.
Trump cancels is appearance in Iowa due to his ongoing feud with Megyn Kelly.
Clinton refutes this: " ... You will not find that I ever changed a view or a vote because of any donation I ever received, and I have stood up and I have represented my constituents to the best of my ability."
The pope questions Trump’s Christianity on a visit to Mexico.
"A person who thinks only about building walls, wherever they may be, and not building bridges, is not Christian," The Pontiff said.
Trump responded saying no leader had "the right to question another man’s religion or faith.”
During a later press conference, the pope insists he did not mean to sway any Americans with his comments.
The spat spawns the hashtag #MakeTheVaticanGreatAgain:
"The Pope is bought and paid for. He asks for money every Sunday. I don't need to. I am unbelievably rich!" #MakeTheVaticanGreatAgain— Marty Mercado (@martymerc) February 18, 2016
Following a substantial loss in the South Carolina primary, Bush pulls out of the presidential race.
Comedian John Oliver skewers Trump on Last Week Tonight over his real last name in one of the late night highlights of the presidential campaign.
The SEC Primary sees big leads for Clinton, less so for Trump.
Trump also boasts about the size of his penis - “I guarantee you, there’s no problem.”
"There has to be some form of punishment” for women who have abortions, should the procedure become outlawed under a future conservative supreme court," he tells MSNBC. He later retracts his statement.
The pope plays down the meeting, saying: "If someone thinks that greeting someone means getting involved in politics, I recommend that he find a psychiatrist!"
"She's got nothing else going for her ... And the beautiful thing is, women don't like her."
Trump tonight: "If Hillary Clinton were a man, I don't think she'd get 5% of the vote."https://t.co/E05bEA17M4— Jesse Lehrich (@JesseLehrich) April 27, 2016
Trumps is now the presumed Republican presidential nominee.
"She's got the courage, the compassion and the heart to get the job done."
Trump responds on Twitter by calling Clinton "crooked"; Clinton delivers in famous reply.
Delete your account. https://t.co/Oa92sncRQY— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) June 9, 2016
Trump wins the party’s nomination as Cruz refuses to endorse him.
Accepting the nomination, he says: “Nobody knows the system better than me, which is why I alone can fix it.”
Melania Trump delivers a well-received speech. It is later revealed key graphs were lifted from Michelle Obama’s speech in 2008.
He follows up with an anti-immigration speech in Arizona.
Clinton's campaign team later admit they were "slow" in releasing information on her condition.
Polls indicate Clinton wins decisively in New York. It's the most watched debate in television history, with 80 million people tuning in.
"I better use some Tic Tacs just in case I start kissing her. You know, I’m automatically attracted to beautiful women. I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. You just kiss. I don’t even wait. When you’re a star they let you do it. You can do anything. Grab ’em by the pussy. You can do anything," he said to then-host of Access Hollywood Billy Bush.
It begins with no handshake, as Trump invites women who claim they've had inappropriate contact with Bill Clinton to the debate.
The FBI alerts members of Congress to the existence of a new batch of emails had been discovered on laptop belonging to Anthony Weiner, the estranged husband of longtime Clinton aide Huma Abedin.
The Secret Service take the candidate off stage after an individual shouted "gun".
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