On the 8th November the citizens of the United States will go to the polls to vote for the 45th President of the Unites States.
While all US Presidential elections are divisive with many negative comments thrown on the respective candidates from both the Republican and Democrat Parties never before has an election reached the level of personal and negative attacks than this present campaign has had between Republican Candidate Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton.
Many US voters are dismayed as to how both parties could have selected candidates who many feel are unpopular and unfit to hold the highest office in the land yet they both had to go through rigorous and expensive Primary Elections to have won their respective party’s nomination.
In the case of Donald Trump he had to defeat a field of some 17 candidates which included prominent State Governors such as Chris Christie New Jersey, John Kasich Ohio ,State Senators Ted Cruz Texas, Marco Rubio Florida but more significantly former Florida Governor Jeb Bush son of 41st President George HW Bush and Brother of 43rd President George W Bush.
Hillary Clinton had a much smaller field with only four candidates the most notable being left wing socialist Bernie Sanders
While latest Polls have Hillary Clinton ahead the outcome of the election will come down to a few swing states such as Florida , Ohio, Iowa and, New Hampshire.
The latest intervention by FBI Director James Comey to reopen the Email Controversy scandal which has been a constant shadow over Hillary Clinton’s campaign may gain Donald Trump more independent voters or possibly make Democratic voters choose not to vote for Hillary.
It could be that the US voters may well have had enough of establishment candidates such as Hillary and like the Brexit Vote in the United Kingdom they could choose to vote for a candidate such as Donald Trump who speaks the language ordinary voters like to hear with his tough stance on Immigration, Islamic State terrorism and his message to make America Great Again.
Walter Millar, TUV Cookstown