US Election 2016

Presidential election debate: All our best material in one place

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The first US presidential debate is over after a frenetic 90 minutes - now it's time to get your breath back.

We had teams all across the US, including the venue in Hofstra University, New York, on the night.

Here's a one-stop shop for all our best material from the debate, including all the latest reaction.


Who won the debate?

by Anthony Zurcher, BBC North America reporter

While Mr Trump had a strategy - and pursued it on occasion - he was often blown off course by the former secretary of state and torpedoed by his own sometimes badgering performance.

While Mrs Clinton was occasionally prone to know-it-all-ness - particularly in her repeated appeals to outside fact-checkers - she largely maintained the upper hand.

Read Anthony's analysis here of the three ways she scored points, the two times Mr Trump gained an edge and one very important wildcard.


What were the key moments?

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Here's our pick of the most important parts of the evening.


How did gender play a role in the debate?

by the BBC's Jessica Lussenhop

Ahead of time, many wondered if Donald Trump - who in past debates with his mostly male Republican rivals used insults and personal attacks - would use the same tactics with Hillary Clinton.

But Trump never openly insulted Clinton, never called her "Crooked Hillary", nor did he cross the stage at any point, as a former senate opponent famously did with Clinton in 2000 - a move that was seen as physically intimidating towards a female candidate.

Despite that, gender and sexism did feature prominently during several exchanges in the debate, and in the initial feedback on the candidates' performance on social media.

Read Jessica's analysis here


How did supporters react?

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We sat with supporters of both camps in Seattle to see how they responded as the debate went on.


What was the online reaction?

by BBC Trending

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On Twitter the debate racked up numbers more commonly seen during international sporting events or shocking breaking news. Nearly five million tweets were sent out using hashtags #DebateNight and #Debates2016.

To put that into perspective, that's about 20 times the comparable number sent during the first big showdown of the UK 2015 general election - considered at the time to be a massive online political event.

And one candidate dominated the majority of the conversation: Twitter's communications team estimated that 62% of tweets were about Trump.

Read BBC Trending's wrap of the night here


What did black voters think?

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Media captionWhat did African-American voters in Harlem make of the US presidential debate?

During the debate Mr Trump said African-Americans were "living in hell" in the US due to gun violence.

We asked voters in Harlem what they made of the debate.


Which statements were false?

(Actually, he did support it, sort of, and moderator Lester Holt tried his best to point this out.)

In general, the debate was a bonanza for fact checkers - you can read more from BBC Reality Check here.


How did the moderator do?

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Media captionAn awkward moment arose at the end of the first debate

Much of the pressure was on NBC anchor Lester Holt - half the country demanded he take a firm hand, and the rest were worried he might interfere - so how did he perform on the night?


Did any voters change their mind?

At least one did. Walt in Philadelphia told the BBC's Rajini Vaidyanathan that before the debate he was leaning towards Trump but now believes Clinton has the better plan.

Watch the interview in full on Facebook


What did the media make of it?

Most large US media outlets awarded victory to Mrs Clinton.

But columnists also noted that Republican Mr Trump had the ability to "adapt after failure" and said there was a risk Mrs Clinton could become "cocky" after her assured performance.

Read what more US and foreign media said here


What did the rest of the world make of it?

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Media captionWho won the US presidential debate in the eyes of the Chinese?

We can't speak for the whole world, but this is how it went down with young people in China.


What did Clinton and Trump miss out?

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Image caption The candidates sparred for 90 minutes, but didn't mention a number of key issues

Quite a bit, including the Syria conflict and Trump's Mexican border wall. (But don't worry, there are two more presidential debates to come).

Read more: What they didn't say in the first debate


How can I see what happened through the night?

Our live page is no longer running (though it will at various times between now and the election), but you can follow the events of the night here.

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