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Clinton’s political journey comes to a painful end

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>> Hillary Clinton planned what was supposed to be her victory party under the largest glass ceiling she could find, but now it remains intact. The former First Lady, senator from New York, and Secretary of State denied her historic bid for the White House. Lauded by President Obama as the most qualified person to ever run for the nation's highest office.
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>> Who knows what she's doing and will be an outstanding President.>> But experience did not rule the day. Clinton unable to shake off public opinion that she could not be trusted. With rival Donald Trump hammering her constantly, calling her Crooked Hillary as crowds roared, lock her up.
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But taking the heat is nothing new for Clinton, as she may be the most hazed politician in recent history. Dating back to her days as First Lady. Critics and even some ardent Democrats slamming her for defiantly standing by her husband after revelations of his extramarital affairs, threw his time in the White House into deep controversy.
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Then claiming she overstepped her reach as First Lady by spearheading a healthcare plan that eventually went up in flames. Republicans pounced again for her handling of the attack in Benghazi, Libya, that killed the US ambassador and three other Americans when Clinton was Secretary of State. Later subjecting Clinton to an extraordinary 11-hour grilling in Congress.
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But nothing dogged her like the emails. Her use of a private server sparking an investigation into whether she mishandled classified information. It provoked a lot of smoke but ultimately no fire. With FBI director James Comey raising the specter of possible wrongdoing again, and again withdrawing it in the final days of the campaign.
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The issue of trust long haunting this ultimate political insider at a time when many voters embraced outsiders flanking Clinton on two fronts. Her spending off democratic primary rival Bernie Sanders. And then facing Republican presidential opponent Donald Trump, with whom she tousled in three heated even nasty debates. Emerging the victor each time by most pundits accounts.
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But in the end, her command of policy, her many years in public service and in government were not enough to win over a skeptical elector at looking for change. A stunning defeat for a woman who set her sights years ago on the most powerful job on the planet.
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And on Tuesday night what was supposed to be her victory party, instead, filled with stunned, broken-hearted supporters left in tears.