(WALB) - Not surprisingly, Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton are each declaring victory after they faced off in the first of three presidential debates leading up the November election.
The debate came at a critical time when polls in the race are tightening.
Called the most anticipated political debate in history, it did not disappoint with numbers.
An average of 80.9 million people were watching across 12 networks.
Both candidates were quick to lose pleasantries and attack each other.
Most polls gave Clinton the victory after the debate.
A delegate to the Democratic National Convention from south Georgia, Andrew Niquette, said that he was not surprised at Clinton's performance.
"Secretary Clinton really exceeded all expectations. She exemplified herself in a highly respectable and presidential manner," said Niquette.
When asked about the race relations and tension in the country, the candidates butted heads over how to approach the issue.
As far as trustworthiness, that is another thing the candidates disagree on.
Clinton's email scandal raises red flags for Republicans like state Representative Ed Rynders.
"At the end of the day, we have an issue. The elephant in the room with the Clinton campaign is her trustworthiness," said Rynders.
The Clinton campaign does not understand why Trump will not release his tax returns.
Niquette feels this did not help change voter's opinion on his character.
The debate lasted over a hour and a half and was moderated by Lester Holt.