Trump vs Clinton: What does this election say about America today?

The need for a sense of community and fierce marking of territory against immigrants are among what has brought Donald Trump this far in the US presidential race, say US election watchers.

Americans are set to decide their fate as they head to the polls today to vote for Republican candidate, Donald Trump, or Democratic candidate, Hillary Clinton.

Trump has continued to enjoy massive support despite criticisms against his divisive and inflammatory comments.

He appeals to a lot of white working-class people who feel that the country is not one that they are used to.

Ron Nixon, New York Times journalist

702/Cape Talk's Eusebius McKaiser (standing-in for Redi Tlhabi) spoke to New York Times journalist and author, Ron Nixon, about his thoughts regarding the global powerhouse's political story.

Both candidates' campaigns have comprised of shocking scandals that threatened to unravel their attempts at occupying the highest office in the land.

Listen to the conversation below:

There are people who believe that it's not a woman's role to be in that kind of position... They have opposition to that.

Ron Nixon, New York Times

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