US Election 2016: A look back at the key moments

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. Credit: Reuters

Watch the key moments from the campaign

As the most fiercely contested and divisive US presidential election campaign in recent years draws to a close, we look back at some of the standout moments during the race to the White House.

  • Controversy

Both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have mired by controversy since they both became their party's presidential candidates.

For Trump there was Mexico and Muslims - his pledge to build a wall on America's southern border and his call to halt any Muslims from entering the United States.

The Republican was also accused of inciting violence at his rallies.

For Clinton, there were questions from Congress on the death of the US Ambassador in Libya.

She was also castigated but cleared over her emails.

  • Hillary's health

Clinton was forced to laugh off claims about her health after the Democrat candidate was diagnosed with pneumonia following an apparent fainting at a 9/11 memorial service.

She went on to pull out of campaigning events following doctor's orders to rest.

Once recovered, she marked her return to the campaign by walking on stage to James Brown's "I Feel Good".

  • The debates

There was no love lost between the two candidates in the debates, culminating in the pair not even shaking hands at the third and final one.

They were notably negative and littered with deeply personal insults but ended in both sides claiming victory.

Trump was caught on tape making lewd comments in 2005.
  • The Trump Tapes

Donald Trump was caught on tape making lewd comments about kissing and trying to have sex with women.

Footage, recorded in 2005 and since obtained by the Washington Post, shows the Republican presidential nominee boasting about his past liaisons, saying: “When you’re a star, they let you do it”.

“Grab them by the p***y - you can do anything," he adds.

The candidate later said he was very embarrassed by the comments but dismissed them as "locker room talk".

Following the release of the tapes, Trump faced a wave of allegations of sexual misconduct.

The Republican presidential hopeful has consistently blamed the Hillary Clinton campaign for helping to orchestrate the sexual misconduct allegations as a way of discrediting him and thwarting his chances of becoming president.

He denies the allegations.

The FBI has said there will be no criminal charges brought against Hillary Clinton. Credit: Reuters

Hillary's emails

From 2009 to 2013, Clinton, used a private email server and the email address in her New York home to access sensitive and classified information - whilst Secretary of State.

The FBI described her as "careless" but concluded she had not committed any crime.

But FBI director James Comey threw the presidential campaign into turmoil on October 28 when he announced a new probe following the discovery of new emails.

They were reportedly found on the laptop of Anthony Weiner - the disgraced former congressman and estranged husband of one of her top aides.

But following a review, the FBI concluded once more Clinton would not face any criminal charges.

Trump responded that Clinton has been protected by a "rigged system".

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