The elections in any part of the world are considered a historical event as they mark the rise of a new leader who would change the lives of the people of his country and lead the nation to new heights. The US is also just going through this phase in the year 2016!
Surrounded with numerous controversial statements, amidst the blame games the candidates indulge in; the twists and turns the political scenarios in the US are quite a sight to all the people. Though it took a while for us to understand which two candidates would finally stand for the face-off, now it is totally obvious who are in the race for the White House.
While the Republicans chose Donald Trump to be the Republican candidate, something few people would have predicted more than a year ago; The Democrats’ convention held in Philadelphia decided Hillary Clinton will be their candidate.
Whatever may be the outcome, these elections would make their records and marks in the history of the world. Let’s see how and why!
1. Golden Years
Barack Obama was 47 years old and was the fifth youngest president when he first walked through the White House front door in January 2009. Theodore Roosevelt was the youngest President that ever headed the US (42 years & 322 days). What next and what’s so unique? The next head will be a fair bit older and not forget old is gold.
The Republican candidate Donald Trump celebrated his 70th birthday on 14 June. This November would decide his fate. If elected, he would be the oldest president in the history of US (Ronald Reagan is the oldest President till date and was 69 when he took office).
Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton turns 69 few two weeks before the decision-making day, and would become the second-oldest president on the inauguration.
2. Yo Yo New York
This election would be the first presidential contest between New Yorkers since 1944; the last time was when the governor of New York, Thomas E Dewey, ran against the incumbent, Franklin D Roosevelt.
Whoever wins will become the first New Yorker in office in 71 years when the inauguration takes place next year. Finally, after more than seven decades, a New Yorker will become the President.
We do know Mrs Clinton was born in Chicago, but she was a senator from New York and lives in the state. Hence, a New Yorker!
3. Spending Less
Mr Trump will make a history having spent the least amount for some time. Federal Election Commission records show he spent $91m (£69m) up to 22 July, of which $50m is his own money.
No other candidate other than Al Gore in 2000 ($126m) has spent as much little during elections. By the way, Hillary Clinton spent $275m so far.
Of course, there is more campaigning to do and Mr Trump could start using his chequebook anytime soon with more campaigning to do between now and November, but it looks likely he will spend less than what Barack Obama spent last time – almost $556m
If Trump wins this would mark a significant event for another reason – no-one has been elected president without experience as a governor or in Congress in the past 60 years.
The last president with no political experience was Dwight Eisenhower. He was Supreme Commander of Allied Forces in World War Two before he got elected to the office of President in 1953.
No candidate has ever owned a chain of casinos and hotels previously. So, this would be another first! Mr Trump opines that the fact he is not very attached to the Washington establishment makes him a good substitute.
5. First Female President
The long years of Hillary Clinton on the Washington scene may make forget one fact that she would be the first woman president if elected. She is already the first female candidate for a major US party!
The closest any woman has ever got is when Republican John McCain picked Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as his running mate in 2008, and when Democrat Walter Mondale named Geraldine Ferraro as his vice-presidential pick in 1984. Neither of them won the presidency.
6. Democrat Relay?
The winning of Clinton is crucial to the Democratic Party as only two Democrats have directly succeeded another Democrat as US president. The most recent were James Buchanan, who was in the office from 1857 to 1861.
Harry Truman and Lyndon Johnson were vice-presidents, they were named President when their predecessors died. Both of them then went on to win the next election. Therefore, a win would be significant to the Democratic Party.
Finally, it is the people who would make the ultimate resolution on who would win the race to the White House. Let’s hope the people make the right decision and choose the right person. It totally depends on the people as they would decide what will make history!