Seattle Times reporters gave live updates on the presidential and gubernatorial debates. Clinton and Trump ended their roughly 90-minute showdown shortly before Inslee and Bryant squared off at Seattle University.

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Here’s what’s happening:

  • Leading candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton took the stage shortly after 6 p.m. for the election’s first of three presidential debates.
  • The high-stakes debate lasted roughly 90 minutes.
  • Here for a fact check of the presidential candidates’ claims. Here are some debate takeaways.
  • After that, Gov. Jay Inslee and Republican challenger Bill Bryant squared off at Seattle University.
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Update, 9 p.m.

The gubernatorial debate has ended. This post will be updated with full stories soon.


Update, 8:35 p.m.

What’s the governor’s role in addressing the state’s homelessness issue? Inslee and Bryant answer:

Next question: What do the candidates think of the “safe-place” proposal for heroin users? (Here for background.)


Update, 8:05 p.m.

Gov. Jay Inslee and Republican challenger Bill Bryant are facing off at Seattle University.

The event started with a moment of silence for the five victims of Friday night’s shooting at the Cascade Mall in Burlington, Skagit County.

Bryant opened reciting a list of state problems he placed at Gov. Jay Inslee’s feet, including security and other failures at Western State Hospital.

Inslee went on to comment on firearm regulation in light of the recent shooting.

The debate touched on the Supreme Court’s McCleary decision.

Inslee and Bryant have traded accusations over who has a plan to fully fund basic education as required by the decision. (Here’s some background from our Education Lab IQ look at K-12 education funding.)

Next, the candidates discussed a state income tax.

The issue of public transportation came up next.

Bryant said he supports public transit buts calls for a “timeout” on Sound Transit light rail expansion as proposed in ST3. He said he does not support the measure on the November ballot.


Update, 7:40 p.m.

The election’s first of three presidential debates has ended.

The candidates will face off again on Oct. 9.


Update, 7:30 p.m.

Both candidates were asked to explain how they would combat terrorism in the U.S.

Minutes later, Trump clashed with moderator Lester Holt over his early support for the Iraq War.

Clinton supporters found the exchange amusing.

The Republican presidential nominee then segued into talking about his temperament, saying it is best for the office.

“I think my strongest asset by far is my temperament,” he said. “I know how to win.”

—The Associated Press contributed to this report


Update, 7:10 p.m.

The candidates came to a rare agreement on a contentious gun issue.

Clinton said that she believes, “If you’re too dangerous to fly, you’re too dangerous to buy a gun.”

The Republican presidential said he agrees when it comes to not allowing people “on a watch list or a no-fly list” from buying guns.

He said, “We have to look very strongly at no-fly lists and watch lists.”

—The Associated Press contributed to this report


Update, 7 p.m.

The candidates are discussing the nation’s racial problems.

Clinton said fixing race relations comes down to two things: restoring trust between police and communities of color and reforming gun laws.

She said gun violence is the leading cause of death among young African-American men. She said tackling the “plague of gun violence” is critical. race remains a “significant issue” that too often determines where people live, Clinton added, and go to school and how they’re treated in the criminal justice system.

Trump said talking about the importance of “law and order” would heal racial divides. He said if we don’t have it, “we’re not going to have a country.” He says that in inner cities, African-American and Hispanic communities “are living in hell because it’s so dangerous.”

He cited the controversial “stop-and-frisk” policing tactic as a way to bring down crime. “Right now our police are afraid of doing anything,” he said.

At a Seattle bar, some viewers found that statement amusing.

Trump got in a dig at Clinton’s absence from the campaign trail. He said he’s seen troubles in inner cities while she’s stayed home.

Clinton responded, saying there was nothing wrong with spending time preparing for the debate.

“You know what else I did?” she asked. “I prepared to be president.”

At the bar, Clinton supporters erupted with applause.

—The Associated Press contributed to this report


Update, 6:30 p.m.

Donald Trump has the sniffles.

Trump’s loud sniffing, or loud breathing, is getting heavy attention on social media, generating hashtags such as #trumpsniff on Twitter.

Much attention has been focused on both candidates’ health going into the debate following Clinton’s pneumonia diagnosis last month. Both candidates have since released details about their health history.

—The Associated Press contributed to this report


Update, 6:05 p.m.

The first presidential debate between is under way. Millions watch on.

Clinton opened pitching her economic policies as the best way to help most voters. She called Trump’s tax cut proposals “Trumped-up trickle-down” economics and referenced a million-dollar loan Trump got from his father decades ago.

Trump opened touting his plan to create jobs and claiming that Mexico and other countries are “stealing them.” He called for renegotiating U.S. trade deals and said job creation will flourish under a Trump administration because of his plans to lower taxes and scale back regulations.

Trump accused Clinton of backing away from her support for trade deals for political gain.

“Secretary Clinton and others, politicians, should have been doing this for years,” Trump said, contending she and President Obama have done little or nothing to stop jobs from flowing overseas.

Disputing his version of events, she said, “I know you live in your reality.”

Minutes later, to the mention of Trump’s non-disclosed tax returns, some in Seattle lit up.

Trump said he’ll release his tax returns if Hillary Clinton releases the “33,000 emails” she deleted from her private server.

Meanwhile, police say about 2,000 protesters have gathered outside the debate area at the Hofstra University on Long Island. They have been confined to a space several blocks long.

Twenty-four people have been arrested on mostly disorderly conduct charges, according to Nassau County police. Police gave no other details on the arrests.

—The Associated Press contributed to this report


Update, 5:30 p.m.

Viewers are making their way to a TV and filling up debate watch parties.

From a bar in Seattle’s Queen Anne neighborhood, Charlotte Linton says she’s for Clinton.

“She’s qualified to be president,” the Seattle resident said. “She’s not a racist, homophobe bigot. That counts for something.”

Linton, who is originally from London, says the presidential election is worrying, especially in light of Britain’s recent vote to exit the European Union.

Greg Shupbach, who’s at the same Seattle bar, supports Trump.

“We’re at a critical point in American history, and it’s so dire that it’s time to throw a Hail Mary pass,” he said. “We can’t afford to do the status quo anymore.”

Across Lake Washington in Bellevue, Tim Eyman is looking eager at the King County Republicans viewing party. About 100 people

About 100 people were at that party as of 5:50 p.m.


Update, 5 p.m.

The Associated Press reports that Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein was escorted by police off the Hofstra University campus Monday, hours before Clinton and Trump take the debate stage at the school.

Stein was “nicely escorted” from campus after authorities found that she did not have proper media credentials, a Nassau County police spokesman told ABC News. She did not register enough support in national polls to participate in the debate.

(Thinking of voting for Stein or Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson? Here are their policy positions, and here’s a rundown of Johnson’s recent visit to Seattle.)

Meanwhile, watch parties are revving up. Here’s one Seattle bar’s cocktail list:


Update, 4 p.m.

You’ve got roughly two hours to figure out where to watch — we can help.

Here’s a list of bars hosting viewing parties around the region.

The countdown before showtime is on.


Update, 1:50 p.m.

Talk about must-watch TV.

Presidential candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are set to square off tonight in a high-stakes, must-see debate. Interest in this year’s election has been high — and Monday night’s 90-minute debate is sure to draw a massive audience.

Trump has nearly overcome the lead Clinton rode out of the Democratic National Convention, according to most polls. A Washington Post-ABC News poll of likely voters has Clinton leading Trump 46 percent to 44 percent. The poll shows Libertarian Party nominee Gary Johnson at 5 percent and Green Party nominee Jill Stein at 1 percent.

The New York Times’ Upshot pegs Clinton at 44 percent and Trump at 41 percent. Fivethirtyeight’s poll forecasting puts Clinton’s chances of winning at 51.5 percent and Trump’s 48.5 percent.