SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - In locations throughout Georgia and dozens of other states across our country, early voting is underway, signaling the end of what may be one of the most contentious, vitriolic presidential campaigns in our history.
Before election day even rolls around, more than 40,000,000 people are expected to cast their ballot.
It's hard to say how this campaign will stack up against others controversial, contentious elections like Jefferson-Burr in 1800 or Lincoln-Douglas in 1860 or Dewey-Truman in 1948 or even Bush-Gore in 2000.
Each of those elections was bitterly fought and closely contested, but in the end, the candidate on the losing end graciously stepped aside to allow democracy to prevail. A peaceful transfer of power is the cornerstone of our democracy and one that cannot be allowed to be eroded away at any cost.
Last week, Donald Trump, who is trailing in nearly every national poll, said he is not prepared to say if he would accept the results of the Nov. 8 election unless of course, he wins.
While we hope this is just some of his campaign rhetoric aimed at creating a measure of suspense that made him a star in the reality TV world, we can't be 100 percent certain.
Consider this: no matter who wins the general election next month, we must all accept the results. You, me, Trump and Hillary Clinton alike. We must also accept the fact that we as a nation cannot let four more years of an inactive congress impeding progress and refuting compromise at every level stagnate our country's growth.
It is time, far past time, in fact, to let the system work and show the world that despite our internal political differences, we can come together to stake our claim as the greatest country in the world.