Donald Trump: I will 'totally' accept the election result 'if I win'

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Donald Trump: I will 'totally' accept the election result 'if I win'

Speaking at his first campaign rally after the third and final debate, Trump told a crowd of supporters in Ohio, US, that he had a major announcement to make. But Republican Donald Trump's refusal to clarify whether he would accept the results of the presidential election left many puzzled and anxious.

Mr Gore, who won the national popular vote by a margin of more than 500,000 but narrowly lost in Florida, finally conceded defeat on 13 December 2000.

Prediction markets largely saw the final debate as a wash, with Clinton's odds stable at around 90 percent, according to aggregator PredictWise.

Trump was, for much of the night, oddly calm and composed. At the debate, he said he would have to wait and see what the results were.

This morning, Trump said via Twitter that Clinton had been "inappropriately given the debate questions".

Underscoring the deep discord between Trump and Clinton, the candidates did not shake hands at the beginning or end of the debate.

And the beauty of Trump's comment is that it was so blatant that it requires absolutely no response - Clinton didn't even seem rattled by it. Say what you will about Hillary Clinton, but she's smart, and more importantly, spent her entire life working for this moment.

Trump faces the possibility of a large gender gap against Clinton and some of his commentary is unlikely to help him with women voters in swing states.

Obama earlier in the week told Trump to "stop whining" about a rigged election and go try to get people to vote for him.

Trump's assertions raise the prospect that millions of his supporters may not accept the results on November 8 if he loses, thrusting the nation into uncharted territory. "I will look at it at the time", he said. "What I have seen is so bad".

Trump's effort to shift the conversation back to Clinton centered on an email from longtime Democratic Party operative Donna Brazile to Clinton's campaign in March with the subject line "From time to time I get the questions in advance". "I'll keep you in suspense, OK?"

I guess he has no plans to emulate George H.W. Bush, who sent a handwritten note to Bill Clinton, the man who vanquished him, on the day Clinton was inaugurated in 1993: "You will be our president". He said, "Of course I would condemn" actions by "Russia or anybody else", but played it slightly careful by saying Putin is "not my best friend". "That's not the way our democracy works". We have been around for 240 years. Trump's unprecedented refusal to say that he'd accept the results of the election was the clearest indication that his campaign will morph into an anti-Clinton crusade even before she takes the oath of office in January. He was far too gory, hyperbolic, and not truthful about the number of late-term abortions actually performed, but he managed to form complete sentences that didn't include insults. "The government has no business in the decision women make with their families", she said. I think fears of a new Cold War are overblown.

"John Podesta said some frightful things about you".

Clinton also zeroed in on Trump's controversial stand on immigration. "We have some bad hombres here and we're gonna get 'em out, " he said about illegal immigrants who commit crimes. "Is America going to elect this guy?'" he said referring to Trump.

On many occasions, however, Clinton avoided direct answers. Trump, meanwhile, suggested that countries like India and China had a better growth rate and promised he would create jobs and an economic machine to boost growth.

Because we have watched so many Republican primary debates, it had not occurred to me until the very start of the debate that Wallace had not moderated a general-election debate.

And likely echoing what everyone was thinking during this excruciating third and final debate. Wallace pressed Trump on why so many women had come forward to accuse him of sexual assault if the allegations were not true. It's just he says extraordinary false and demeaning stuff...

"Such a nasty woman", Trump grumbled. The leak of a 2005 hot-mic video two days before the second debate in which Trump bragged about being able to grope women led to Clinton's biggest single-day gain of the past four weeks. Just like in the second debate, Russian Federation and Vladimir Putin found prominent place in the final debate.

Trump responded: "That was a great pivot off of the fact that she wants open borders".

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