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Third Presidential Debate-2016

posted Oct 25, 2016, 7:09 AM by Jeffrey Wolf

By: Korey Alder, Media Editor

Posted October 25th, 2016

With the last presidential debate over, it's time to take a look at what's happened so far, and what the near future will hold for the race for president. Last week saw the third and final debate between the two candidates. The event, which was aired from Las Vegas, Nevada, drew in some 71 million viewers; that's more than the second debate at 66 million, but less than the first, which was the most watched presidential debate in history at 84 million viewers.

The debate's content was not particularly surprising, with the Supreme Court, the economy, and foreign policy taking a prominent role. Of course, the "scandals" surrounding the two candidates took center-stage – something none too shocking after the course the campaign has taken thus far. The main highlight of the debate, at least in the eyes of the general media, is a comment by Trump in which he declares that he may not accept the results of the election. Trump clarified by saying that he "reserves his right to contend or file a legal challenge, in the case of a questionable result," i.e., demand a recount. Some are saying, however, that his comment shows a disrespect for American democracy.

So what effect have the debates, especially the most recent one, had on people's minds? That depends on who's talking; an ABC poll shows Clinton winning by 12%, while others contend that Trump is ahead by several points (or in the case of the LA Times, tied with Clinton). These numbers are subject to change drastically, however, as they have over the last week. When all is said and done, it appears that we'll simply have to wait until the election, on November 8th, to find out who really won the debates.

Make sure to check back here after the election to read about the results.