Today millions Americans will head to the poles in troves to cast their vote for the presidential election after a wearing and, bitter campaign year that at times revolted us and disheartened our view of the American political system.
Seventeen major candidates entered the race in March of last year. Just nineteen months after Senator Ted Cruz of Texas fired the unofficial starting gun on the election campaign, the largest presidential primary field of any political party in American history which saw a lineup that included Governor Jeb Bush of Florida, a retired neurosurgeon, a New Jersey, governor, and businesswoman Carly Fiorina, the Republican party has been whittled down to business magnate Donald Trump. His last opponent standing: Hillary Rodham Clinton.
No matter the outcome, history will be made. A Clinton victory would mean that the country would see its first female commander-in-chief in the history of our country's 240 years. Trump's win would typify a deeper rejection of the Washington establishment that has gone unseen for generations. The prevailing candidate will come from the choice of our entirely disunited country. Democrats have appealed to voters that Trump presidency, this judgment gathered from his rhetoric on immigration, race and gender, would constitute a an absolute rejection of the most basic American values. Trump has been embraced by supporters who believe his outsider campaign embodies the jettison of a political establishment that went corrupt ages ago and spurned blue-collar workers.
As all eyes focus squarely on the two rivals as the results roll in today, here's what you should keep in mind.
It's not over until they say it's over:
Results should come in tonight. While unlikely, there's always an outside chance that a close result could call for a recount. There's also a chance the results run into overtime and we won't get the declaration tonight.
Where to vote:
Find your poling spot here. Bring your ID!
Yes, your vote matters:
Every vote matters. If you're in North Carolina and Florida you should get your butt to the poles ASAP because your vote really matters. The two states will need to be snagged by Clinton or Trump in order to win. Both states have voters each candidate depends on – women, hispanic and black voters for Clinton and white working class voters to be snapped up by Trump.
What else is on the ballot:
Seats in the Senate and the House.