According to CNN, debate watchers thought Hillary Clinton won the debate, 57-34 percent. CNN’s focus group was something like 20-1 in favor of Clinton.
But! Trump did better than expected. He didn’t spontaneously combust on stage, so I suppose that’s a fair comment.
Elsewhere on CNN, the big topic is Trump’s declaration to Hillary Clinton that if he wins he’ll appoint a special prosecutor to “look into your situation.” Aside from the odious Scottie Nell Hughes, this was pretty unanimously panned as un-American and unprecedented. It’s banana republic stuff, not mature democracy stuff. Even Wolf Blitzer felt obliged to denounce it.
Trump has said this before, so it’s not actually news. But saying it on national TV in front of 80 million people? That’s different. The only good news for Trump is that it’s probably not the kind of thing Clinton really wants to talk about.