Despite concern and outrage over his refusal to commit to accepting the final outcome of the US election, Republican nominee Donald Trump has taken to Twitter claiming victory in the third and final US Presidential debate.
Hosted in Las Vegas at the University of Nevada and mediated by Fox News anchor Chris Wallace, the two leading candidates were given a final opportunity to face off on stage in an attempt to swing undecided voters their way.
The candidates were questioned about a number of issues including the Supreme Court, debt and entitlements, immigration, the economy, foreign hot spots and the fitness to be President.
While both candidates remained focused on issues in the beginning stages of the debate, it eventually descended into what many described as yet another mudslinging match.
When questioned over whether he would commit to accepting the outcome of the election, Donald Trump refused to confirm whether he would. This was despite pledges made publicly by his running mate Governor Pence and his daughter Ivanka Trump that he would “absolutely accept” the result.
Trump changed tack and told Chris Wallace, “I will look at it at the time, I’m not looking at anything now, and I’ll look at it at the time.”
He claimed the media and the election itself were rigged. “It’s so dishonest and they’ve poisoned the minds of the voters, but unfortunately for them, I think the voters are seeing through it. I think they’re going to see through it. We’ll find out on November 8th.”
He also alleged there were “millions of people that are registered to vote that shouldn’t be registered to vote.”
In response, Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton accused Trump of claiming everything that didn’t go in his favour was rigged.
She said, “There was even a time he didn’t get an Emmy for his tv programme three years in a row and he started tweeting that the Emmys were rigged against him. This is a mindset this is how Donald thinks and it's funny, but it’s also really troubling.”
President Obama said if you’re whining before the game is even finished it just shows you’re not up to doing the job.”
Among many other contentious talking points, the issue of abortion was raised after Trump said he would appoint pro-life judges to the Supreme Court and if a women’s right to abortion was overturned the decision would then go back to the State.”
Clinton responded by saying she strongly supported the constitutional right for a woman to make “the most intimate, most difficult in many cases decisions about her healthcare that one can imagine.”
A strange outburst also occurred towards the end of the debate when Trump referred to his opponent as a "nasty woman" sparking more allegations regarding Donald Trump's views on women.
CNN poll results following the debate had Clinton ahead of Trump in winning the debate at 52% with Trump on 39%. However, a Washington Times readers’ poll showed Trump won the debate 77% to 17%.
A BBC poll also showed Clinton had a very slight lead over Trump with the Democratic nominee on 47% and the Republican candidate on 43%.
Differing results have emerged from media outlets around the world.
The final decision will be made by voters on November 8th.