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The economy, mudslinging and ‘bad hombres’: The final presidential debate

Highlights from the final Trump-Clinton debate

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton met for their final debate at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas on Wednesday. They each made their arguments on issues of the Supreme Court, immigration, foreign affairs, and presidential fitness. All the while,
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Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton met for their final debate at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas on Wednesday. They each made their arguments on issues of the Supreme Court, immigration, foreign affairs, and presidential fitness. All the while,

8:49 p.m.: Perhaps the shocker of the debate to political pundits: Trump saying he would keep “you in suspense” while he considers whether to accept the results of the election.

8:46 p.m.: Hear from two of our undecided voters:

8:37 p.m.: That’s a wrap! Watch this story page and IdahoStatesman.com for further reaction and analysis, and visit our Facebook page shortly for a live conversation with local voters.

8:33 p.m.: Earlier tonight, undecided voter William Thornton said he saw neither candidate ahead. “I didn’t expect anything to be changing.”

8:21 p.m.: A couple of people, shaking their heads, got up and left during the last round of Trump, Clinton and Wallace all shouting over each other.

8:20 p.m.: Christopher Pena, still undecided, says Trump’s complaints about a rigged election are childish and not based in fact.

While few undecided voters were present at this Boise State University watch party, panelist and BSU political scientist Jaclyn Kettler says the major party candidates still lack appeal for some voters.

8:18 p.m.: Twitter also loved the “puppet” fight.

8:13 p.m.: William Thornton, undecided voter, likes Trump’s wait-and-see as to whether he will accept the result of the election. He says it’s better to be cautious and see what happens. “That’s probably how I would answer.”

Clinton called Trump’s statement “horrifying.”

8:08 p.m.: Twitter loved, or loved to hate, Trump’s “bad hombres” line. Here’s a slice of the reaction.

8:04 p.m.: Undecided voter Christopher Pena says he wanted more details from Clinton on the economy. She wasn’t specific as to how she would make improvements, he says.

8:01 p.m.: Clinton, says William Thornton, “takes the moral high ground, but she still won’t admit that she handled stuff wrong.”

7:59 p.m.: The Boise State audience has gotten quiet and somber as the candidates discuss the ongoing sexual harassment claims.

7:58 p.m.: After the debate segment on the economy, Thornton, the undecided voter, doesn’t have a strong takeaway. “To me it just seems that they’re trying to compare apples and oranges.”

7:48 p.m.: Who’s getting some of the biggest laughs from the BSU audience? Chris Wallace.

7:44 p.m.: Undecided voter Christopher Pena says he thinks Trump is digging himself a hole during this debate. He’s contradicting himself, Pena says, and doesn’t have a strong argument against Clinton’s nuclear positions.

7:37 p.m.: “Well, it didn’t take long for the mud to start slinging, huh?” says William Thornton, undecided voter.

7:35 p.m.: Was tonight the birth of Trump TV? There have been multiple reports that Trump plans to start a media company and possible TV network if he loses this election. Tonight, he’s broadcasting the debate through Facebook Live, complete with a pre-debate show.

7:32 p.m.: Undecided voter Christopher Pena says Clinton “definitely” has a better argument on immigration.

7:25 p.m.: Donald Trump’s “bad hombres” remark draws laughter from the Boise State crowd.

7:24 p.m.: Christopher Pena also kindly agreed to watch the debate with us tonight.

7:22 p.m.: “He’s always a little bit dramatic, isn’t he?” says undecided voter William Thornton of Donald Trump.

7:21 p.m.: After a first 20 minutes focused on the Supreme Court, the 2nd Amendment and abortion, many commenters on social media are applauding Chris Wallace’s performance as moderator and the substance of this third debate.

7:13 p.m.: Here’s another undecided voter we’re following tonight. We’ll share his thoughts as the evening goes on.

7:09 p.m.: Both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, and Bill Clinton and Melania Trump skipped the traditional pre-debate handshakes, another sign of the tense relations between the two campaigns.

7:04 p.m.: As the debate begins, meet one of our undecided voters. Kain Shaffer says he wishes third parties were allowed in tonight’s event.

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Kain Shaffer, undecided voter. Rocky Barker rbarker@idahostatesman.com

6:18 p.m.: Idaho, are we ready to do this one more time?

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton take the stage in Las Vegas at 7 p.m. Mountain time for their third debate.

As we’ve done during the other two debates, we’ll follow along live on this page, posting feedback from Boise and across the internet.

Our reporters plan to watch tonight’s debate with folks at a Boise State debate-watching party, where apparently no one is undecided about the race at this point. (We also hope to share reactions from some other, truly undecided voters.)

[Interested in local races? Hear from the candidates, build your ballot in our voter guide]

Where to watch

If you already identify with a candidate, Republicans have been meeting at Dave and Buster’s in Boise to watch the debates, while the Democrats tonight are at Payette Brewing (also in Boise). And, there’s the crowd at Boise State.

For those at home, the debate will be on all the usual major broadcast and cable news networks. You can also stream it live on Twitter, Facebook or any number of other sites. Here’s a feed from PBS NewsHour.

Recent reading

Here are some links to peruse while you wait for the show to begin:

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‘Skittles’ photographer sues Donald Trump for copyright infringement

WikiLeaks emails show how Clinton’s campaign chief once opened doors for energy firm

Idaho’s Sen. Risch says voting for Trump is ‘distasteful,’ but he’ll do it anyway. And after public stand against Trump, Sen. Crapo hasn’t ruled out voting for him.

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