US elections: 5 things we need to know

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  • The office of the US president was established in 1789
  • 45 people (all men) have held office in the 231 years since the first man was elected
  • Since then only 10 people have failed to win re-election for the second term
  • If Donald Trump loses then he becomes the 11th man to fail to win re-election
  • If Trump refuses to concede then he will be the first incumbent to refuse to hand over power after an electoral defeat

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