Clinton and Trump face off in first US Presidential debate

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The US presidential candidates have concluded their first face-to-face debate in a 90-minute event that could be crucial in the race for the White House.

Viewer polls after the debate said Clinton had ‘won’ the debate by a wide margin, remaining calm throughout in contrast to Trump. TV network CNN, who spoke to undecided voters, decided that Clinton won 62 to 27.

Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump each entered the debate hall at Hofstra University in Hempstead on suburban Long Island within the hour of the debate’s start.

The stakes were high as Mrs Clinton and Mr Trump are close in the polls and the debate kicked off the final, six-week sprint of the election.

The two candidates will square off for two more debates next month, while their running mates, Tim Kaine and Mike Pence, are set to meet next week.

The debate was moderated by Lester Holt of NBC News.

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