As the second 2016 presidential debate drew closer, things looked good for Hillary Clinton. Polls were breaking in her favor after her first on-stage encounter with her Republican rival Donald Trump. Political handicappers were giving her solid odds at winning the election next month. A tape came out that showed Trump casually discussing what some described as sexual violence toward women.
But, of course, there is still time left before the election. It's not impossible that Trump will somehow come from behind to win. Maybe Clinton will be damaged more by unforeseen data leaks. Maybe Trump will manage to dazzle the nation during the second debate Sunday night, attracting new supporters to his campaign.
To find out if he does, you can watch the video below Sunday at 9 p.m. EDT.
The two candidates meet after a contentious debate between their running mates, Tim Kaine and Mike Pence, last week. Pence proved to be a seemingly level-headed counterpart to the bluster of Trump while Kaine went after his opponent asking how and why he would support a presidential candidate who has called Mexicans rapists and criminals.
Sunday’s debate will be a little different from the first two events of the presidential election debate cycle. Clinton and Trump will respond to questions from regular voters at a town hall style event in which, presumably, anything could be asked and anything could happen. Neither candidate is inexperienced in these sorts of affairs and both have done several town hall events during their candidacy. How they ultimately perform could have an important impact on the election and could provide voters with one of their last major impressions of the two candidates as election day approaches quickly.
Heading into the town hall, Clinton lead Trump by 4.3 points in averages of national polls compiled by Real Clear Politics. That’s a big improvement from late September when she led by less than a point in those averages.