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Donald Trump speaks as Hillary Clinton listens during the second US presidential debate at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, on 9 October. Photo: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg
Donald Trump speaks as Hillary Clinton listens during the second US presidential debate at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, on 9 October. Photo: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg

Ugliest US election campaigns: How Trump vs Hillary fares on mudslinging meter

An interactive graphic on how Donald Trump versus Hillary Clinton compares with past ugly US presidential campaigns

The two rounds of the US Presidential election debates have left everyone asking one question: Is the US seeing its worst election campaign in history? Or is the worse yet to come? The second chapter of Republican Donald Trump versus Democrat Hillary Clinton at the Washington University in St Louis will remain etched in public memory for years. While everyone anticipated Sunday’s debate to be ugly in the backdrop of damaging revelations about both candidates, the level of acrimony and chill between Trump and Clinton came as a shock. Not surprisingly, the debate started without even a formal handshake and during the next 90-minutes, both candidates indulged in no-holds-barred attacks. While 2016 might be the most bitter campaign in recent memory, a review of US presidential campaigns show that it isn’t an exception.

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