COLUMBUS (WCMH)–The final presidential debate on Wednesday night had the candidates pulling out all the stops trying to win over undecided voters–voters who could be the difference in battleground Ohio.
It wasn’t easy finding an undecided voter Wednesday afternoon. Ohio State University Political Science Professor Emeritus Paul Beck said only 15 percent of voters are still undecided.
Columbus resident Kim Fealy said she was still on the fence going into the final debate, but is leaning towards one candidate.
“I’m fairly decided but it could sway me this evening,” said Fealy.
Beck said Ohio is one of four states still too close to call. The debate was one last chance for candidates to try and convince undecided voters.
“Most of them like (Hillary) Clinton better than (Donald) Trump, though they’re not sure yet how they’re going to vote. That suggests that Clinton just has to kind of stay the course,” said Beck.
In the debate Beck said Trump needed to draw attention off of his problems to hers.
At a debate watch party on N. High St., Trump supporters were confident he could still gain more votes.
“I believe he’s still in this,” said Mario Hristovski. “He needs to stay very principled, he needs to stay on script and he needs to be on the offensive the whole time.”
Just down the street, Clinton backers said they were confident but know the race isn’t over yet.
“We certainly don’t want to take anything for granted. We want to make sure we’re still putting in that work to ensure people are aware that the election is happening and aware that their decision has an impact on their lives,” said David Miller with NextGen Climate.
Just two and a half weeks remain until Americans elect a new president.