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Get to know the U.S. Presidential Elections
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Democrat Hillary Clinton or Republican Donald Trump is soon to be the 45th President of the United States. Millions have already voted as 120 million Americans are expected to cast votes.

Following are a few facts that you need to know about the high flying elections.

Why is it held on Tuesday November 8?

The election is in November because America was a predominantly agrarian society and November was the quietest for rural workers.

It is always traditionally on a Tuesday to allow people living in rural areas time to travel to towns and cities to vote, removing the need to travel on a Sunday.

It is always the first Tuesday after the first Monday to avoid the election falling on November 1st. This was to avoid clashing with All Saints Day and the day when businessmen traditionally did their accounting from the previous month.

What is significant about Hillary Clinton competing?

Hillary Clintonis the first woman to clinch the nomination for a major party. But the first woman to run for president was Victoria Woodhull, leader of the Suffragette movement in the US, in 1872 - almost 50 years before women were allowed to vote in presidential elections (1920).

How old is Donald Trump?

At 70, Donald Trump would be the oldest candidate to be elected as a first-term president. Ronald Reagan was 69 when he won his first term, and 73 when he won for the second time.

John F Kennedy was the youngest man to be elected presidentat 43.

How much money has the candidates made?

Moneyis always a crucial factor in any election. Clinton has raised $1,068.1m and Trump raised $512.2m. In 2012 Obama raised $1,072.6m. 

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