Sharp contrast between Gore in 2000 and Trump

Criticism continues to mount against Donald Trump for his refusal to say he would accept the results of the election, if he loses. "I'll keep you in suspense".

There is no modern precedent for challenging the result of a United States presidential election, because the outcome has only been formally disputed twice in history, both times during the 19th century.

Speaking at a campaign rally yesterday in OH, he reiterated his stance.

As Donald Trump takes on the Republican establishment, Democrats and the mainstream media, he's telling supporters they're fighting against a "rigged" system, rife with voter fraud and those eager to protect the status quo. "If he loses, it will not be because the system is 'rigged, ' but because he failed as a candidate".

With a really close race, there could potentially be more of an argument that "rigging" the election would be possible (with irregularities in particular counties or precincts, which would be challenged and subject to recounts and oversight and courts weighing in).

"The closest we have come in modern times is when Eisenhower encouraged Richard Nixon to dispute the result of the 1960 election against Kennedy, because of the votes in Texas and IL were disputed", Professor Morgan added.

A losing candidate's concession legitimizes the election for that person's supporters.

His comments on Wednesday night mark a departure from his running mate, who has repeatedly said that the election is rigged. But one of the most damaging parts of the Trump campaign, at least in the long run, could end up being what he's doing right now.

Al Gore and the Florida recount. "He conceded to Gov. George W. Bush and then called and rejected the concession and went on to contest the results", said Conway.

With the November election looming, litigation remains knotted up with Supreme Court appeals underway.

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In addition, considering that the cries of election rigging are overwhelmingly coming from the right, there's another reason to be skeptical, as the pointed out: numerous closest states - Ohio, Iowa, Arizona, Florida, North Carolina, Alaska, Georgia - have Republican governors. An unnamed Ohio Republican insider said Trump's "answer on not accepting the results of the election [is] disqualifying - and that's not an "elite" position".

Of course, the final arbiter of presidential elections under the Constitution is the US Congress, which, by law, meets to count the electoral votes in a joint session on January 6.

Some can afford to brush off the nominee, if they live in a swing state like Ayotte, or if they're not facing a primary any time soon, like Graham. Pressed by Chris Wallace of Fox News, the debate moderator, Trump reiterated, "I will tell you at the time".

"Let there be no doubt". I accept the finality of this outcome, which will be ratified next Monday in the electoral college. If we don't ensure everybody's vote counts and counts equally, our representatives won't be, well, representative.

Gore did contest the election results in Florida, taking his case all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, but once the recount was stopped he publicly conceded, adding, "May God bless his stewardship of this country".

"She used these questions, studied the questions, got the flawless answer for the questions and never said that she did something that was totally wrong and inappropriate", Trump said of Clinton.

"It's just that he can't say what's going to happen". If you look at your voter rolls, you will see millions of people that are registered to vote. Gore then requested a manual recount, which finally took place statewide in December.

Hillary Clinton came off better than Donald Trump by staying more on message and keeping her cool most of the time, a group of regional political experts contacted immediately after Wednesday night's debate concluded.

"He's said our country has no idea", Biden said.

On CNN Thursday morning, campaign manager Kellyanne Conway sparred with anchor Chris Cuomo over what Trump actually meant. With this in mind, something the Republican nominee said at this week's presidential debate is worth a closer look. "I'm not looking at anything now".

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