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Caitlin MacNeal

Caitlin MacNeal is a News Writer based in Washington, D.C. Before joining TPM, Caitlin interned and wrote for the Huffington Post, the Sunlight Foundation and Slate. She is a graduate of Georgetown University.

Articles by Caitlin

As Donald Trump refuses to commit to accepting the results of the November election, his surrogates have brought up Al Gore and the Florida recount in the 2000 election.

Gore did request a recount by hand in Florida, but only after an automatic recount found the race to be even closer than the original tally. And once the Supreme Court weighed in and stopped the recount, Gore conceded the race to George W. Bush.

But it goes beyond that.

In a remarkable moment on the floor of the House in January 2001, Vice President Gore presided over the certification of the Electoral College vote – and repeatedly rejected attempts to block the certification by Democratic House members who were continuing to protest Bush's victory.

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Michael Steele, former Republican National Committee chair and lieutenant governor of Maryland, told Buzzfeed News on Friday morning that he will not vote for Donald Trump, citing the Republican nominee's appeal to racists.

At a dinner for the magazine Mother Jones, Steele told Buzzfeed News that Trump has "captured that racist underbelly, that frustration, that angry underbelly of American life and gave voice to that."

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Donald Trump abruptly ended an interview with an Ohio television station on Thursday when the reporter asked him to respond to those calling him "racist" and "sexist."

The reporter for Columbus television station WCMH, Colleen Marshall, began to ask Trump, "19 days out from the election, you’ve been labeled a racist, you’ve been called a sexist...?"

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Chris Wallace, the host of "Fox News Sunday" and moderator of the final presidential debate on Wednesday, was not exactly thrilled when Roger Ailes, the former Fox News executive who resigned this year amid sexual harassment allegations, joined Donald Trump's campaign.

“I’m disappointed in Roger going to work for the Trump campaign,” Wallace told the Los Angeles Times in an interview published Thursday. “We have had to fight back for a lot of years against claims that we’re an arm of the Republican Party. We aren’t. Anybody who watches me on ‘Fox News Sunday’ knows that I’m not. I think it has given people who don’t like Fox News in the first place something to talk about. It allows people to say, ‘I told you so,’ when it’s not really true.”

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Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) has long been signaling that Senate Republicans should confirm Merrick Garland, President Obama's nominee to the Supreme Court, in the lame duck session if Hillary Clinton wins the election, and on Thursday he confirmed his position.

"I said if we were in a position like we were in in '96 and we pretty much knew the outcome that we ought to move forward. But I think we passed that awhile ago," Flake told Politico. "If Hillary Clinton is president-elect then we should move forward with hearings in the lame duck. That's what I'm encouraging my colleagues to do."

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Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI), a vulnerable Republican senator locked in a tough re-election battle with former Sen. Russ Feingold (R-WI), on Thursday said that candidates must accept the results of the election following Donald Trump's failure to commit to accepting the November results during Wednesday night's debate.

"Ron believes we need to respect the results on Election Day, and is confident Wisconsinites will once again pick an Oshkosh manufacturer who gets results over a career politician who says one thing and does another," Johnson campaign spokesman Brian Reisinger said in an email statement.

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After Donald Trump fueled his warnings about voter fraud on Wednesday night by refusing to commit to accepting the results of the election, one Fox News editor pointed out that there couldn't possibly be enough voter fraud to account for the Republican nominee's significant lag in the polls.

During a post-debate discussion about Trump's warnings about a "rigged" election, Megyn Kelly asked Chris Stirewalt, the outlet's digital politics editor, "What if there is voter fraud?"

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During the final presidential debate, Hillary Clinton defended her past comment that the Supreme Court was "wrong on the Second Amendment," arguing that her comment referenced a specific provision about safe gun storage.

Moderator and Fox host Chris Wallace asked Clinton about her comment last year that the Supreme Court was "wrong on the Second Amendment" and asked her to address the Heller case in which the court struck a Washington, D.C., law banning handguns and requiring safe gun storage.

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Lauren Fox contributed reporting.

Following the final presidential debate on Wednesday night, conservatives shook their heads at Donald Trump's refusal to commit to accepting the November election results.

On MSNBC, conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt said Trump "hit himself in the head and knocked himself out" with his answer on accepting election results.

"It is outside the norm of American political rhetoric to express a contingent acceptance of the result," Hewitt said. "He might have phrased it in a way that said, if there is a state that is contested by a small number of votes, I will, like Al Gore, contest that state. But he didn't say that. The contingent nature of his commitment to the results is unsettling to many people."

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