The road to the polls: Election 2016

The end is nigh as America decides on their next president

14:16 8 Nov 2016 Fionnuala Jones 14:16 Tuesday 8 November 2016

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:

April 12th 2015 - Hillary Clinton announces campaign

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.

April 30th 2015 - Bernie Sanders launches his campaign to be the Democratic candidate

"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.

June 15th 2015 - Republican Jeb Bush launches campaign

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”.

June 16th 2015 - Entrepreneur and reality star Donald Trump begins presidential bid by calling Mexicans "rapists"

 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.

August 6th 2015 - Trump vs. Megyn Kelly, and a promise of a "beautiful wall"

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."

September 8th 2015 - Clinton apologises publicly for the first time about email scandal on ABC News

October 13th 2015 - Clinton and Sanders spar in first Democratic debate in Las Vegas

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.”

November 7th 2015 - Trump hosts Saturday Night Live while still a valid candidate

The controversial choice earned the show its highest ratings since 2012. He previously hosted in 2004

December 7th 2015 - Trump calls for a total ban on Muslims entering America

December 19th 2015 - Third democratic debate sees Sanders apologise to Clinton

Sanders' staffers staffers accessed private voter data belonging to his rival’s campaign.

January 14th 2016 - The sixth Republican debate is held

Trumps "New York values" questioned, as well as Ted Cruz's eligibility to run for office.

January 28th 2016 - The seventh Republican debate takes place

Trump cancels is appearance in Iowa due to his ongoing feud with Megyn Kelly.

February 4th 2016 - Sanders accuses Clinton of buying her campaign contributions

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."

February 18th 2016 - Trump clashes with Pope Francis

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:

February 20th 2016 - Jeb Bush drops out of the race

Following a substantial loss in the South Carolina primary, Bush pulls out of the presidential race.

February 28th 2016 - John Oliver resurrects 'Drumpf'

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.

March 1st 2016 - Super Tuesday

The SEC Primary sees big leads for Clinton, less so for Trump.

March 3rd 2016 - Senator Marco Rubio says Trump has small hands

Trump also boasts about the size of his penis - “I guarantee you, there’s no problem.”

March 15th 2016 - Rubio exits on second Super Tuesday

March 25th 2016 - A bird interrupts Sanders speech at Portland rally

March 30th 2016 - Trump says women should be punished for abortions

"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.

April 16th 2016 - Sanders meets the Pope

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!"

April 19th 2016 - Clinton wins New York primary

April 26th 2016 - Trump says Clinton is playing "the women's card"

"She's got nothing else going for her ... And the beautiful thing is, women don't like her."


May 3rd 2016 - Cruz and John Kaisch suspend campaigns

Trumps is now the presumed Republican presidential nominee.

June 9th 2016 - President Barack Obama endorses Clinton

"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.



July 5th 2016 - FBI brings no charges against Clinton over email scandal

July 12th 2016 - Sanders endorses Clinton

July 18-21 – The Republican national convention; Melania Trump makes first public speech

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.

July 25th 2016 - Democratic National Convention sees Clinton accept Democratic nomination; lose her cool over balloons

July 26th 2016 - Larry Sanders makes emotional speech at Democratic National Convention before nominating brother Bernie

August 31st 2016 - Trump meets Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto

He follows up with an anti-immigration speech in Arizona.

September 9th 2016 - FBI release documents concerning Clinton emails

September 11th 2016 - Clinton treated for pneumonia following appearance at 9/11 memorial

Clinton's campaign team later admit they were "slow" in releasing information on her condition.

September 23rd 2016 - Early voting opens in South Dakota and Minnesota

September 26th 2016 - The first presidential debate takes place

Polls indicate Clinton wins decisively in New York. It's the most watched debate in television history, with 80 million people tuning in.

October 3rd 2016 - The New York Times reveal Trump could have avoided paying federal tax for 18 years

October 7th 2016 - Recordings released of Trump having lewd conversation in 2005

"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.

October 9th 2016 - The second presidential debate takes place in St. Louis, Missouri

It begins with no handshake, as Trump invites women who claim they've had inappropriate contact with Bill Clinton to the debate.

October 19th 2016 - Trump invites Obama's half brother Malik to the final debate in Las Vegas

October 28th 2016 - FBI renew investigation into Clinton emails

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.

November 5th 2016 - Trump is rushed off stage at campaign rally

The Secret Service take the candidate off stage after an individual shouted "gun".

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