For the first time this election cycle, Americans will have the opportunity Monday night to compare the two candidates running for president side by side on a debate stage. For millions, if polls are any indicator, it will be a prime opportunity to figure out which presidential candidate they dislike the least and should run the country.
Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton will face off against Republican nominee Donald Trump at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York, at 9 p.m. EDT. The two will say goodbye to NBC’s Lester Holt, the debate monitor, at around 10:30 p.m. The event can be watched on any of the major cable and broadcast networks, including CNN, Fox News, ABC, CBS, NBC, MSNBC and also C-SPAN. ABC News and Facebook will stream the debate on Facebook Live, while CNN and Bloomberg Television will livestream the debate on Twitter.
The venue, due east of New York City on Long Island, gives both candidates home-state advantage. Trump has made his brand and fortune in the state as a real estate developer and, later, as a reality show personality with a memorable and heart-dropping catch phrase. Clinton started her life as an elected public official in the state, serving as one of the state’s two senators for eight years after her husband finished his presidency.
The two candidates are in an all-out sprint to the finish line ahead of the November election. Come Monday night, there are plenty of questions to be answered, including whether voters will appreciate Trump’s bravado and free-wheeling attitude on the debate stage or if they’ll prefer Clinton’s policy prowess and general level-headedness.
The candidates are in a close race. In averages of national polls compiled by Real Clear Politics, Clinton leads Trump by just three percentage points and has remained ahead of the businessman for much of the race. Trump does, however, register ahead of Clinton in various polls, including a recent Los Angeles Times poll that showed him two points ahead and a recent Fox News poll that had him one percent ahead. Clinton’s largest recent lead has seven points.