Hillary Clinton won the third and final presidential debate on Wednesday, according to a CNN instant poll on Wednesday.
Fifty-two percent of debate watchers felt the Democratic White House candidate won the match-up, versus 39 percent for her Republican challenger, Donald J. Trump.
That meant Clinton swept all three televised debates, according to CNN’s snapshot polls conducted immediately after the events.
But viewers strongly felt that Trump was the more aggressive debater on Wednesday, according to the poll. Sixty percent said that Trump was on the attack more than his opponent, with just 23 percent saying that about Clinton.
The network cautioned that it measures a sample of potential voters who watched the debate, as opposed to surveying all voters. That sample skews slightly Democratic, because Democrats are a bit more likely than Republicans to watch the debates.
During the debate, Clinton and Trump clashed sharply on numerous issues, from abortion rights to fitness for the presidency to relations with Russia. In one notable moment, Trump cautioned that better immigration controls were necessary because the U.S. has a lot of “bad hombres” coming into the country, presumably from Mexico. At another point, Trump parried one of Clinton’s attacks by leaning into the microphone and saying, “Such a nasty woman.” Both lines drew vigorous online reaction.
Donald Trump wasn’t sure if he would accept the impending election results during the third and final presidential debates Wednesday evening, and social media decided to take that same attitude and apply it towards all things in life.
“I will look at it at the time, I’m not looking at anything now,” said Trump when Chris Wallace asked if he would commit to accepting the result of this election. “I’ll keep you in suspense.”
The Republican presidential candidate said more than a few controversial things during the last debate that had social media up in flames, but his “suspense” line seemed to provide Twitter users with a new alternative to respond to any questions life throws at you. When life gives them lemons, folks on Twitter turn those lemons into comedy.