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Published: Mon, October 03, 2016
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Trump Slams First Presidential Debate

Trump Slams First Presidential Debate

Voters in five battleground states declared Hillary Clinton the victor of this week's debate against Donald Trump, boosting her fortunes in those key races, a new poll showed Thursday. The Democratic nominee's husband, former President Bill Clinton, served as Arkansas governor while Hunt was at the helm in North Carolina.

Pennsylvania is widely viewed as one of the race's most critical battleground states, with Clinton hoping to build on a string where Democrats have won the state in the last six presidential elections. But Ms. Clinton enjoyed a sizable bump after the two party's conventions this summer - a cushion that had all but evaporated in the weeks leading up to Monday's debate. But it lived up to its billing, offering tense, showcase moments for both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.

'Every single online poll had me winning, ' Trump said at a campaign stop in Council Bluffs, Iowa on Wednesday.

The Republican nominee tried to defend himself against some of Clinton's most damaging attacks the next morning, even when the explanations seemed only to further damage his image among the voters he needs to win.

In fact, actual scientific polls have shown that Clinton was the clear-winner on Monday night.

The 23-29 September tracking poll showed that likely voters support Mrs Clinton over Trump by 43% to 38%, while another 19% said they would not pick either candidate.

Clinton also boasts a 3-point advantage in Florida, squeaking past the billionaire 48 to 45 percent.

On Monday night, Trump brushed off Clinton's debate claim that he'd once shamed a former Miss Universe victor for her weight.

The poll was taken between September 28 and September 29 and has a 4 percent margin of error. And for Trump, 31 percent found him to be honest and trustworthy, while 62 percent of likely voters did not. Flash polls conducted by CNN and others immediately after the debate rated Clinton the victor of the event, which focused on the economy, race relations and the candidates' records.

The poll interviewed likely voters on September 27 and 28 through automated phone calls to landlines and online interviews of cell phone only respondents.

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