UPDATE: 11:27 p.m. EDT — Reince Priebus, the chairman of the Republican National Committee, told NBC News Wednesday that GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump will accept the results of the general election. Earlier in the night, Trump said he would have to "look at" the outcome before declaring it legitimate.
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UPDATE: 10:52 p.m. EDT — Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump suggested Wednesday that he might not accept the results of the upcoming general election. Trump, who this week has been telling his supporters the contest is rigged, said he would "look at" the outcome.
Moderator Chris Wallace went on to tell Trump that an American transition dictates "the peaceful transition of power." He asked, "Are you saying that you are not prepared now to commit to that principle?"
Trump replied, "What I'm saying now is I will tell you at the time. I will keep you in suspense, OK?"
UPDATE: 10:12 p.m. EDT — Hillary Clinton "should never have been allowed to run," her opponent Donald Trump said Wednesday night at the final presidential debate.
The Republican nominee was responding to moderator Chris Wallace's question about his recent allegations that the election is rigged. When asked if he would accept the results on Election Day no matter what, Trump began criticizing Clinton for using a private email server while secretary of state.
In July, FBI Director James Comey said investigators "did not find clear evidence that Secretary Clinton or her colleagues intended to violate laws governing the handling of classified information" but there was "evidence that they were extremely careless in their handling of very sensitive, highly classified information."
UPDATE: 10 p.m. EDT — Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump addressed nine women's sexual assault allegations Wednesday at the final debate, saying the stories were untrue — and possibly planted by Democrat Hillary Clinton's campaign.
"First of all, those stories have been largely debunked. I don't know those people," he said. "I have a feeling how they came — I have a feeling it was her campaign who did it. I didn't even apologize to my wife ... because I didn't do anything."
He deflected by saying Clinton and President Barack Obama had started violence at some of his recent rallies. Clinton shot back by bringing up Trump remarks in which he seemed to suggest the accusers weren't attractive enough to violate.
UPDATE: 9:45 p.m. EDT — While the final presidential debate took place in Las Vegas Wednesday night, another debate was taking place online: Is Donald Trump saying "big league" or "bigly"? Speaking about immigration, the Republican nominee said millions of people have been deported — "that's what happened, big league." He went on to talk about improving legal immigration to the United States.
"We're a country of laws. We either have a border or we don't. You can come back in and you can become a citizen, but it's very unfair — we have millions of people that did it the right way," he said. "They're in line. They're waiting. We're going to speed up the process big league because it's very inefficient."
As Merriam-Webster noted last time around, both descriptors — proven to be Trump's favorites — are real.
For what it's worth, Trump has begun tweeting the hashtag #BigLeagueTruth. Mark him down for team "big league."
UPDATE: 9:36 p.m. EDT — Hillary Clinton called Donald Trump a "puppet" when it comes to Russian President Vladimir Putin. Trump responded by saying, no, I am not, you are. Really. He called her a "puppet."
"She doesn’t like Putin because Putin has outsmarted her every step of the way. Putin has outsmarted her in Syria," Trump said. "I don’t know Putin... Let me tell you Putin has outsmarted her and Obama every single step of the way."
UPDATE: 9:29 p.m. EDT — Donald Trump "choked" when he went to Mexico this summer and failed to demand the Mexican president agree to build his proposed wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, Hillary Clinton said during Wednesday's night debate in Las Vegas.
"He choked. And then got into a Twitter war," Clinton said.
Trump called immigrants, "bad hombres," or men in Spanish, and vowed to improve border security. Clinton wants to "give them amnesty," he said.
During his visit to Mexico, Trump said he didn't bring up his proposed wall.
UPDATE: 9:19 p.m. EDT — The United States government shouldn't tell women what to do with their bodies when it comes to abortion, Hillary Clinton said Wednesday during the third and final debate.
“I strongly support Roe v Wade... and it’s not only about Roe... it’s about.. so many states are putting very stringent regulations on women, that block them from exercising that choice,” she said.
Trump said Clinton was telling voters that "you could take the baby and rip the baby out of the womb in the ninth month."
UPDATE: 9:13 p.m. EDT — The final presidential debate opened Wednesday with a discussion about the Supreme Court, which has had a vacancy since the death of Justice Antonin Scalia earlier this year. Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton said she wanted the court to "stand on the side of the American people, not on the side of the powerful corporations and the wealthy."
Republican Donald Trump responded by referencing a July instance in which Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg expressed regret after calling the tycoon "a faker."
UPDATE: 9:05 p.m. EDT — It's time.
Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton's families did not shake hands as the debate got underway Wednesday night from Las Vegas, and neither did the candidates themselves.
UPDATE: 8:52 p.m. EDT — Republican Donald Trump has launched his own live stream of the final presidential debate on his Facebook page in an effort to sidestep what he called "biased, mainstream media reporting (otherwise known as Crooked Hillary’s super PAC)."
In an email sent earlier in the night, Trump's campaign wrote that the GOP candidate's family will appear on the stream once the debate concludes at 10:30 p.m. EDT.
In other news, Twitter is getting hyped for the debate.
UPDATE: 8:36 p.m. EDT — Republican Donald Trump officially arrived at the University of Nevada in Las Vegas Wednesday night after missing his walk-through for the final presidential debate earlier in the day. Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton was en route to the venue after spending four hours preparing, ABC reported.
UPDATE: 8:22 p.m. EDT — About 72 million people will watch Wednesday's presidential debate, CNN reporter Brian Stelter predicted in his nightly newsletter. For context, the first and second debates drew 84 million and 63 million viewers, respectively, according to Politico's numbers.
UPDATE: 8:06 p.m. EDT — Need to get emotionally prepared for the final presidential debate? Halloween classic "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown" just started on ABC.
The showdown between Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump starts at 9 p.m. EDT and can be live streamed here.
UPDATE: 7:51 p.m. EDT — The candidates' star-studded guest lists for the final presidential debate came out Wednesday night before the event got underway.
Republican Donald Trump invited Malik Obama, the half-brother of President Barack Obama, as well as Sarah Palin, the GOP's 2008 vice presidential nominee. Clinton asked Mark Cuban, the owner of the Dallas Mavericks basketball team, as well as Meg Whitman, the Hewlett-Packard CEO who once ran for governor in California as a Republican, according to NPR.
Ken Bone, who achieved internet stardom after the last debate, was also — apparently — in Las Vegas for the showdown.
With just 19 days to go until the United States presidential election, Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton were preparing Wednesday to face off on the debate stage one last time. The final debate was scheduled to kick off at 9 p.m. EDT from the University of Nevada in Las Vegas.
Heading into the showdown, Clinton was leading Trump by an average of more than 6 percentage points in national polls, according to data from RealClearPolitics. The former secretary of state has spent the past five days intensely preparing for the debate, while Trump has remained on the campaign trail.
The previous debate, which was held in a town hall style, came just days after a recording leaked of Trump making vulgar comments about women. Since that last event, several women have come forward to accuse Trump of kissing them, groping them or otherwise inappropriately touching them.
Trump has repeatedly rejected the women's claims, pinning them on Clinton's campaign and the media. These comments gave way to the GOP nominee's newest stance: The election is rigged.
"This is an election about truth, and you're not going to get it from the dishonest media," Trump said at a Tuesday rally, according to USA Today. "The press has created a rigged system and poisoned the minds of so many of our voters."
Clinton, meanwhile, has been putting out fires stemming from — what else? — emails. This week, the FBI released information pertaining to its investigation of Clinton's use of a private email server while she was secretary of state. The interview notes contain references to Undersecretary of State Patrick Kennedy, who allegedly suggested a "quid pro quo" deal where he'd do the FBI a favor in exchange for officials declassifying one of Clinton's messages.
The State Department has shot back at these claims. "There was no bargain sought by the FBI. There was no bargain rendered," spokesman John Kirby told CNN. "This was simply an inner-agency conversation about the classification over one particular email. So there was no wrongdoing here."
Clinton staffers have also been dealing with backlash from a WikiLeaks hack of her campaign chairman's email account.