2016 Presidential Election


Hillary Clinton Announces Candidacy


Former First Lady, US Senator from New York, and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announces her candidacy for the Democratic party's nomination for President of the United States with a two-and-a-half minute long video


Donald Trump Announces Candidacy


Businessman Donald Trump announces his candidacy for the Republican nomination for President of the United States in a speech at Trump Tower in New York City.


Benghazi Hearing


Chaired by Republican Congressman Ted Gowdy, the 11-hour hearing concerned the September 11, 2012 attacks against US interests in Benghazi, Libya that left four Americans dead, including Ambassador Chris Stevens.

he hearing itself reveal no major bombshells, and was seen mainly as an attempt by Republicans to damage a the Democratic frontrunner. However, the length and intensity of the hearing combined Secretary Clinton's cool under fire served to help further legitimate her as a highly qualified candidate.

Trump Loses Iowa Caucus


Donald Trump suffered a close loss in the first electoral contest of the 2016 Republican Primary, losing to Ted Cruz, who would become his main competitor throughout the 2016 Republican Primary. Cruz received 27.6% of the vote, while Trump received 24.3%. While eight other candidates received votes, only Florida Senator Marco Rubio received more than 10% of the vote, with 23.1%.

Iowa's 30 delegates were split between eight different candidates, with Trump and Rubio receiving 7 and Cruz receiving 8.

Clinton wins Iowa Caucus


The Iowa Democratic Caucus was the first electoral contest of the 2016 Democratic Primary campaign. The Caucus was narrowly won by Hillary Clinton, who claimed 49.9% of the vote to Bernie Sanders' 49.6% of the vote. The third place finisher Martin O'Malley would drop out after claiming only 0.6% of the vote. He was the last major Democratic candidate to drop out.

Due to her narrow margin of victory, Clinton received only 23 of Iowa's pledged delegates, as opposed to the 21 received by Bernie Sanders.

Trump Wins New Hampshire Primary


The first real primary of the 2016 campaign was won by Donald Trump. As opposed to the tight race in Iowa, there was much more separation in New Hampshire, where Trump won 35.3% of the vote, with Ohio Governor John Kasich placing second after receiving 15.7% of the vote.

Of New Hampshire's 23 delegates, Trump received 11, with Kasich receiving 4 as the second place finisher.

Clinton Loses New Hampshire Primary


The first real primary election of the 2016 Democratic Primary ended in a loss for Hillary Clinton, who won a mere 37.7% of the vote, while Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders won 60.1% of the vote. Sanders carried 15 of the state's 24 delegates, while Clinton claimed the other 9.

Combined with Clinton's razor-thin margin of victory in the earlier Iowa Caucus, Sanders' victory in New Hampshire was a clear indicator that the Democratic Primary would be a hard-fought battle and not a Clinton coronation.

Democratic Super Tuesday


The Democratic Party held primaries and caucuses in Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, and the American Samoa. The over 1,000 delegates up for grabs on Super Tuesday accounted for nearly a quarter of the Democratic total, making it a crucial bellweather of the early stages of the primary.

Making use of a strong ground game and strong support among minorities and women, Secretary Clinton won the southern states, as well as Virginia and Massachusetts, while Senator Sanders more rural states and progressive such as Oklahoma and Minnesota. Clinton won more states and more delegates, and while her lead grew, Sanders still remained within striking distance.

Republican Super Tuesday


The Republican Party held primaries and caucuses in Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Massachusetts, Minnesota, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, and Wyoming. The Republicans had 600 delegates up for grabs, almost half of the 1,237 total delegates available.

Super Tuesday was not a landslide for Trump by any means, but it did serve to further separate the two tiers of competition within the Republican primary. Trump won seven of the eleven states, which added a total of 256 delegates to his ranks. Ted Cruz (3) and Marco Rubio (1) also won states, with Cruz carrying his home state of Texas and adding 219 delegates. Rubio won only Minnesota but added a healthy 101 delegates. John Kasich and Ben Carson also won delegates, but did not win any states. Rubio's strong showing allowed him to stay in the race, but Cruz emerged as Trump's primary challenger.

Romney Publicly Denounces Trump


The 2012 Republican nominee for President issued the strongest denouncement of Trump in the entire campaign in a short speech at the Hinckley Institute of Politics of the University of Utah. in the speech, Romney attacked Trump on every facet of his campaign and business ventures, calling him "a phony, a fraud." Trump shot back, calling out Romney for "begging" for his endorsement during the 2012 election.

While there had been strong voices in the opposing Trump in the primary, Romney's involvement was a key moment in the "Never Trump" movement, as Romney had no personal stake in seeing Trump lose the nomination.


Trump Clinches Republican Nomination


Despite a crowded primary field and a plethora of attacks from both side of his aisle, Trump crossed the threshold of 1,237 delegates needed to clinch the nomination at The Republican National Convention in July. Even with primaries in delegate rich states such as California coming up, there was no mathematical path to victory for any of the remaining challengers.

Clinton Clinches Democratic Nomination


A victory in the Puerto Rico primary and the support of a couple of superdelegates put Secretary Clinton over the 2,382 delegates necessary to clinch the Democratic nomination, making her the presumptive nominee. Despite this, Clinton remained focused on the next day's primaries in California, New Jersey, and four other states.

Clinton's only remaining challenger, Senator Bernie Sanders, maintained that he could still win the nomination due to the fact that Democratic superdelegates are free to switch their commitment at any time up until the vote taken at the nominating convention.

Republican National Convention

7/18/2016 - 7/21/2016

from July 18th to 21st. Businessman Donald Trump completed his improbable run for the Republican nomination with his nomination at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio. Of the 2,472 delegates, 1,725 cast their ballot for Donald Trump, with second-place finisher Ted Cruz only garnering the support of 484 delegates.

Notable speakers at the convention included primary challengers Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Rick Perry, Scott Walker, Chris Christie and Ben Carson, former Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell, businessman Peter Thiel, actor Scott Baio, Speaker of the House of Representatives Paul Ryan, and RNC chair Reince Priebus.

Donald Trump's wife Melania also spoke at the convention, and drew criticism for similarities between her speech and Michelle Obama's speech at the 2008 Democratic National Convention.

Democratic National Convention

7/25/2016 - 7/28/2016

Hillary Clinton became the first female Presidential nominee of a major party with her victory at the Democratic National COnvention. Of the 4,763 delegates, 2,842 cast their ballot for Hillary Clinton, with second place finisher Bernie Sanders receiving 1,865 votes.

Major convention speakers included former President Bill Clinton, current President Barrack Obama, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, primary challenger Bernie Sanders, and Khizr Khan.


First Presidential Debate


The first Presidential Debate of the 2016 general election was held at Hofstra University in New York. The debate was moderated by NBC's Lester Holt, and covered a wide range of topics including economic issues such as jobs and trade, US foreign policy, and race relations.

Despite the pre-set questions, the debate strayed from the topics many times, veering onto subjects such as Trump's tax returns and Clinton's deleting of over 30,000 emails.


Trump's 1995 Tax Returns Leaked by NYT


Donald Trump's tax returns were anonymously leaked to New York Times reporter Susanne Craig, who along with several other reporters published a story in the paper with the details. The returns revealed that in 1995, Trump reported $916 million in losses. He used these massive losses to avoid paying income tax for an estimated 18 years.

Trump immediately drew criticism from the left, who cited the loss of nearly a billion dollars in a single year as in clear juxtaposition to Trump's claims of his brilliance in the business sector.

For their part, the Trump campaign argued that the release of the tax returns was illegal, and threatened legal action against the Times. They also attempted to put a positive spin on the leak, stating “Mr. Trump knows the tax code far better than anyone who has ever run for President and he is the only one that knows how to fix it.”


Access Hollywood Tape


In what was the largest bombshell of the campaign to that point, a 2005 tape of Donald Trump and Access Hollywood host Billy Bush speaking in lewd and derogatory terms about women was released to the public. In the three-minute tape obtained by the Washington Post, a hot mic picks up Trump making comments about groping, kissing, and otherwise sexually harassing women, saying, "And when you’re a star, they let you do it, you can do anything.”

The tape prompted a massive backlash on both sides of the aisle, with both Republicans and Democrats alike strongly condemning Trump's words. Some even went as far as to call for Trump to be replaced with another candidate. The three highest ranking members of the Republican Party, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and RNC Chairman Reince Priebus all strongly condemned Trump's words in addition to the predictable uproar from Democrats.


Second Presidential Debate


The second presidential debate of the 2016 campaign was held in Saint Louis, Missouri using a town hall format and moderated by CNN's Anderson Cooper and ABC's Martha Raddatz. The questions were presented by audience members, and included subjects such as Obamacare, potential Supreme Court picks, and energy. The final question of the night simply asked the candidates to state something positive about their opponent, with Secretary Clinton praising Trump's children and Trump praising Secretary Clinton's toughness and perseverance.

For the second straight presidential debate, polls indicated that the debate was won by Secretary Clinton, despite Trump's protests to the contrary.


Third Presidential Debate


The third and final debate of the 2016 campaign was held in Las Vegas, Nevada and moderated by Fox News' Chris Wallace. The format of the debate was the same as the first, and covered familiar topics such as the economy, immigration, foreign hot spots, and the Supreme Court.

Trump was relatively controlled in the beginning of the debate, but rapidly unraveled calling Clinton a "nasty woman", which became a rallying cry for Clinton supporters.


FBI Reopens Clinton Email Case

10/28/2016 - 11/6/2016

FBI Director James Comey reopened the investigation into Secretary Clinton's email case based on new information discovered in the Anthony Wiener sexting case. Wiener's estranged wife, Huma Abedin, has worked closely with Clinton for a number of years and Comey felt that there was a chance that some of Wiener's emails may have been be pertinent to the Clinton investigation.

Earlier in the campaign, the Democrats had praised Comey for not reccomending charges against Clinton in relation to her emails. However , the re-opening of the investigation less than two weeks before the election caused near universal outrage in the Democratic party, as the race tightened overnight. Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid even went as far to claim that Comey may have violated the 1939 Hatch Act, which prohibits most executive branch employees from engaging in certain activities that could sway the outcome of a political campaign.

With only two days remaining until election day, Comey announced that there was nothing new in the emails that could be traced back to Secretary Clinton.

Donald Trump Wins the 2016 Presidential Election


In a shocking electoral upset, Donald Trump defeated Hillary Clinton in the 2016 Presidential Election, winning 306 electoral votes compared to Clinton's 232.

Key in Trump's victory were Rust Belt states which had been considered either safe for the Democrats or at least heavily leaning Democratic, such as Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Michigan. In addition, every major swing state except for Nevada and New Hampshire was won by Trump, including Florida and North Carolina.

Prior to Election Night, statistician Nate Silver of FIveThirtyEight, who had correctly predicted who would win each of the 50 states in 2012, had given Hillary Clinton a 71.4% chance of winning the election. Additionally, Silver also gave Clinton better than a 75% chance to win each of the three states (Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and Michigan) which were key to Trump's upset.


Clinton Concedes the Election


Despite numerous media outlets calling the election for Trump, Clinton did not concede until the day after Election Night, citing close races in key battleground states of Michigan and Pennsylvania.