Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton face off in the final presidential debate Wednesday night at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. NPR's politics team, with help from reporters and editors who cover national security, immigration, business, foreign policy and more, is live annotating the debate. Portions of the debate with added analysis are highlighted, followed by context and fact check from NPR reporters and editors.
The second debate a week and a half ago was perhaps the nastiest in modern political history, coming just after a 2005 tape showed the GOP nominee making vulgar comments about women and describing how he would kiss and grope them. Trump denied at that debate he had ever done those things and dismissed it as "locker room talk," but just days later multiple women came forward accusing him of doing the things he had described on the tape. Trump also brought several women to the last debate who had accused the Democratic nominee's husband, former President Bill Clinton, of sexual assault.
In the week since that brutal faceoff, Trump has fallen further behind Clinton in the polls and has begun to allege that the election will be rigged against him, despite no evidence of widespread voter fraud whatsoever.
Clinton's lead has continued to grow, especially in battleground states that give her a firm lead above the 270 votes she needs on the Electoral College map. Her campaign has even looked to expand that map in traditionally red territory like Arizona and Texas.
The page will automatically update as the debate proceeds. NPR will work to correct the transcript as it comes in, but due to the live nature of the event, there may be some discrepancies.