Perhaps the biggest moment of the 2016 presidential election has finally come.
During what has been one of the most heated election cycles of all time, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump will now face off head-to-head in the first presidential debate of the season.
The debate will take place at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y. this evening, and the stakes could not be higher.
For one, the race seems to be a virtual tie nationally and in several key battleground states, including Florida, Ohio and North Carolina. A strong or rocky debate performance from either candidate could drastically affect their chances of being elected president.
Also, this debate, specifically, is expected to bring in record-breaking numbers. An estimated 100 million people are predicted to tune in to the debate. These ratings are typically only seen in Super Bowl broadcasts.
“We have never seen any kind of interest like this, and probably never will ever again,” said Aaron Kall, director of debate at the University of Michigan, according to CNN.
So, who will emerge victorious? Since these two clinched their respective party’s nomination, Clinton has been believed to have an advantage over Trump due to her years of experience in both politics and debates.
However, many believe that because of the low expectations of Trump’s performance, he could just keep his cool, not say anything outrageous and be dubbed as the winner.
Some, on the other hand, think that since there will be no teleprompter, Trump will have difficulty staying on message and acting presidential. This could give Clinton an advantage.
Be sure to stay tuned to The Hot Zone for more news and updates on the first presidential debate, which airs tonight at 9 p.m. EST.