The last month of the election was marked by scandal after scandal.
After appearing to finally be past the email investigation that embroiled her early campaign, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton was broadsided again when FBI Director James Comey announced he was examining new emails from when Clinton used a private server while secretary of state. A week later — and only three days before the election — Comey told Congress there was no need to investigate her further.
And the widely watched, brutal debates between the two candidates only increased the divisiveness across the country. While Clinton appeared to be the overwhelming favorite in nearly all the polls, her ascension was never really certain.
Here are 40 iconic photos from the election's bitter final month: