Albuquerque voters react to final Presidential Debate

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump debates Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton during the third presidential debate at UNLV in Las Vegas, Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – New Mexicans who were watching Wednesday night’s debate in Albuquerque say they felt like the final presidential debate focused on the issues with fewer personal attacks than the previous debates.

“It’s the same thing as the last two debates. Hillary’s doing great. Trump’s just digging himself a hole,” said Celina Saiz, Hillary supporter.

“She’s had 30 years of experience, but it’s bad experience. Donald Trump is an agent of change here in this election cycle,” said Tucker Keene, Communication Director for Republican Party of New Mexico.

Republicans spent the afternoon of debate day phone banking, while local Democrats organized a watch party in the evening.

Some viewers liked the format of this third debate best despite some tense moments.

“I think they’re both doing a good job of staying on topic and staying out of the personal attack space,” said Chase Henson, Hillary supporter.

UNM Political Science Professor Tim Krebs says this was Donald Trump’s chance to win voters after polls have put his opponent ahead.

“He needed to come in tonight and demonstrate that he’s presidential that he can handle the job that he has the temperament for it and Hillary her strategy was no major mistakes,” explained Krebs.

Krebs says both candidates did better Wednesday night but says Trump not committing to accepting the election results is unprecedented.

“I think Hillary Clinton was winning the debate,” Krebs said.

Now, Trump didn’t seem to see it that way. After the debate, he tweeted that it was really exciting and that he felt he made all of his points in the debate.

Here in New Mexico, we’re also looking at a heated race for the Roundhouse.
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