Donald Trump won Sunday night’s debate against Hillary Clinton and increased his odds of victory on Election Day, according to the betting houses that set the stakes on the presidential contest.
At the beginning of the second presidential debate in St. Louis, Missouri, the GOP nominee’s chances of victory stood at a mere 16.4 percent compared with the Democratic nominee’s 80.3 percent chances. But as the debate wore on and came to a close, Trump’s chances rose by 2.3 percent to rest at 18.7 percent as Clinton’s fell to 78.4 percent, according to electionbettingodds.com.
“Hillary Clinton once again demonstrated that she represents more of the same failed policies of the past eight years.”
“Donald Trump was the clear winner of tonight’s town hall. The message he delivered of putting America first is resonating with people in Pennsylvania who are tired of the direction our country is heading,” Rep. Lou Barletta (R-Penn.) said in a statement issued by the Trump campaign. “Whether it comes to reforming our health care system, standing up for law enforcement, or securing our borders, Donald Trump will bring the change we need to Washington. Hillary Clinton once again demonstrated that she represents more of the same failed policies of the past eight years.”
The movement was not particularly groundbreaking and the wide discrepancy between the two candidates’ chances still undeniably exists — but the result was a marked contrast from the politics bookies reaction to the first Trump-Clinton debate. After the debate on Sept. 26 in Hempstead, New York, bettors surmised that Clinton had won the debate and her chances increased by 5.6 percent as a result.
The confirmed strong performance from Trump in the debate was crucial to his candidacy after several days of chaos and two weeks of dropping poll numbers.