October 10, 2016
Last night's presidential debate at Washington University in St. Louis provided much of the anticipated drama, but not the final curtain.
Trump's campaign has been in free-fall since Friday's release of the 2005 Access Hollywood audio tape capturing lewd and misogynist comments by Trump.
The GOP Nominee has since been publicly rebuked by his running mate, the Republican Leadership and RNC, and 20+ Governors and Members of Congress have rescinded their endorsements.
On Monday, House Speaker Paul Ryan reportedly urged House Republicans seeking re-election to "do what's best for you and your district," concerning support for the GOP presidential nominee.
"The Speaker is going to spend the next month focused entirely on protecting our congressional majorities." - Paul Ryan Spokeswoman
Trump, who set the stage with a theatrical, pre-debate news conference starring four female former Bill Clinton accusers, maintained comparatively more reserve in his debate performance.
In a CNN/ORC instant post-debate poll voters gave HRC a decisive 57% -34% win over Trump, but 63% still credited Trump with outperforming their expectations.
During the tense and contentious 90-minute face-off, the two candidates, who declined to shake hands at the outset, traded barbs while addressing questions on the economy, terrorism, their qualifications, and most notably: each other.