Is the 2016 US election campaign racist?

Media captionDonald Trump to black voters: "What the hell do you have to lose?"

Election time in America usually resonates with boundless optimism, with candidates, in their own way, promising "morning in America", as Ronald Reagan once did.

Not this time. Not in this mean-spirited race. Not when the undercurrent is race in America.

Who could imagine in 2016 that a vice-presidential candidate from one side would accuse the man running for president from the other side of pushing the "values of the Ku Klux Klan?" But that is what Tim Kaine said of Donald Trump, denouncing him, in effect, for wanting to restore white supremacy.

And this was not an isolated moment of campaign rhetoric.

Hillary Clinton accused Donald Trump of wanting to take the "hate movement mainstream".

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Hillary Clinton's flaws

Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gives a speech at the 37th Harkin Steak Fry in Indianola, Iowa 14 September 2014 Image copyright Reuters

It must be tempting for Hillary Clinton to do little but count down the clock to the election in November. She is so far ahead in the polls and in key battleground states like Virginia and Colorado, her lead is in double digits.

This week she has attended a string of fundraisers, filling her war chest to bombard key states with commercials as the election nears. She has already reserved slots worth $80m (£60.7m).

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Donald Trump's campaign fight-back

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At times it feels that there is a daily political soap full of twists and sub-plots and it is called Donald Trump. There are firings and hirings. Words delivered and then withdrawn or explained away. The politician without regrets tries being sorry.

It can almost be awe-inspiring to watch; the attempted revival of Donald Trump. This was, until very recently, the freewheeling candidate who would not be polished or restrained. That was his badge of authenticity. He had scratched his way to the nomination by not being a politician.

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Diehard supporters still back Donald Trump

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Image caption Donald Trump has a core of supporters who back him come what may.

The mid-western Sun beats down on the barns, the corn and the queue waiting for Donald Trump at the West Bend County Fair Park, north of Milwaukee, in the state of Wisconsin.

These are Trump believers united in their view that something has been lost in America and only their candidate can rediscover it and restore their faith in their country.

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The enigma that is Donald Trump

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Donald Trump revels in not being like other presidential candidates. He is the outsider, the underdog, a rule-breaker who blames the experts for what he calls the "mess".

Yet with fewer than 100 days to go to November's election, there is an enigma about one of the most extraordinary campaigns in American history. What is the candidate's strategy for winning?

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Merkel and the days of terror

  • 27 July 2016
  • From the section Europe
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The decision to accept more than a million refugees was Angela Merkel's biggest political gamble.

At first, she was widely applauded for her moral courage and leadership.

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Managing Brexit

  • 20 July 2016
  • From the section Brexit
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After the political shocks and aftershocks comes a lull.

The new government is starting to prepare the ground for the real battles that lie ahead.

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Brexit: There is a vacuum that must be filled

  • 28 June 2016
  • From the section Brexit
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Image caption Boris Johnson and Michael Gove: Where next?

The country is gripped by a strange mood - it is as if certainty, the recognisable shape of things, has been taken away.

The UK voted decisively but with little idea as to what would follow a vote to leave the EU.

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What next for the Conservative Party?

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For David Cameron, the referendum had been the biggest political gamble in his career.

He called it and has lost it. It will define his legacy as prime minister. After 43 years, the UK is leaving the EU.

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The day after a vote to leave the EU

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Image caption Leave campaigners Boris Johnson and Michael Gove are likely to play leading roles in Brexit negotiations

This week's referendum has been billed as a historic moment; a cross on the paper sketching out the country's future identity and its place in the world.

Yet, for many people, the choice remains complex and confusing and the way they vote may well be settled by gut and instinct.

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