CNN Says Hillary Clinton Won the Debate 62-27 Percent

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I’m always careful to turn off the TV as soon as a debate is over so that I can form my opinions before I hear what anyone else is saying. However, I’ve now had a chance to check in at a few places, and it looks like just about everyone thinks Hillary Clinton won the debate decisively. Public Policy Polling says Clinton won their instant poll by 51-40 percent—and won young voters by 63-24 percent. CNN says their poll gave it to Clinton 62-27 percent. I was pretty bullish on Clinton’s performance, but that’s even higher than I would have thought.

Naturally, Trump’s response is to tweet that he did great in all the debate polls “except for @CNN – which I don’t watch.” I presume that, as usual, he’s talking about the Drudge online poll. You will be unsurprised to learn that the readers of the Drudge Report do indeed think Trump won. Unfortunately for Trump, no one else did.

Trump’s usual response to any kind of humiliating loss is to go on the offensive and try to blanket the airwaves with something even more outrageous than he’s ever said before. So Tuesday should be a fun day. I have a feeling Kellyanne Conway may have a rough time cleaning up after her unruly man-child tomorrow.

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