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The United States presidential election of 2016 was the 58th quadrennial presidential election. It was held on Tuesday, November 8, 2016. Republican Party nominee Businessman Donald Trump and running mate Senator Ted Cruz defeated Democratic Party nominee former Secretary Of State Hillary Clinton and running mate retired General Wesley Clark.
The incumbent president, Barack Obama, was ineligible to be elected to a third term due to term limits in the Twenty-second Amendment to the United States Constitution. Trump secured the Republican nomination by March 2016 and Hillary Clinton secured the Democratic nomination by April 2016. Early campaigning had focused heavily on Obama's foreign policy, but all candidates focused on domestic concerns as well due to the unpopularity of Obama domestically also.
Eventually, Donald Trump was elected in a landslide victory over the uncharismatic and unpopular Hillary Clinton. However, his victory was dampened by most of the minority vote going to the Democrats or staying home. This election was noted for the higher turnout, both for Trump and against Trump, as well as the growing minority vote and the decline of the Democratic party.