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Fraught US election reveals promise and perils of its democracy

Trump takes page from authoritarian playbook by undermining votes

President Donald Trump has claimed that states counting mail-in ballots they received in accordance with their respective rules constituted fraud, encouraging his supporters to take to the streets.   © Reuters

WASHINGTON -- The 2020 U.S. presidential election has shaped up to be one of the closest races in history, exposing both the vibrancy of its democracy as well as signs of deep trouble for the institution. 

In what many nationwide saw as the most important election of their lives, voters rushed to cast a judgement on the four years under President Donald Trump's unconventional leadership.

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