Clinton and Trump Face Off for First Time with Polls Predicting Virtual Tie

By: Max Radwin - Sep 26, 2016, 8:43 am
Donald Trump recovered lost ground in the past couple of weeks. (wikimedia)

The first presidential debate will be held Monday, September 26 on CNN, with polls showing Democratic Candidate Hillary Clinton and Republican Candidate Donald Trump in a close tie.

Clinton has 46 percent in an ABC-Washington Post poll, and Trump has 44. Third-party candidate and Libertarian Gary Johnson has dropped to five percent, having at one point been polling around 10 or 12 — numbers not high enough to qualify him for Monday’s event.

Media outlets are putting lots of importance on this event considering how the dynamics have changed in the presidential race this month. After the Democratic and Republican Conventions, Clinton emerged as the clear favorite, and even had Trump back peddling. He changed his stance on immigration, and made drastic changes to his staff.



It didn’t help that Clinton said her opponent’s supporters could be put into a “basket of deplorables.” Now, Trump has re-surged with numbers that should make Clinton feel uneasy.

The debate is expected to highlight everything from the economy to terrorism to immigration — all big issues that critics have said Trump is not qualified to discuss.

But the issues may not be the focus of the debate, as other shenanigans have arisen while both sides prepare.

Mark Cuban, entrepreneur and owner of the NBA basketball team the Dallas Mavericks — as well as vocal anti-Trumpist — has said he plans to sit in the front row of the debate. In response, Trump tweeted that he planned to bring model and actress Gennifer Flowers to the debate.

Flowers is reportedly expected to come to the debate, though it has not been confirmed whether she is an official guest of Trump’s.

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Max is an editor with PanAm Post. He graduated from the University of Michigan in 2015 with a Major in English Literature and a minor in Spanish Language. He has written for Newsday, Al Jazeera and The Miami Herald, among others.