Clinton, Trump make their pitches as first presidential debate opens. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
Opening rounds in Presidential debate
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STORY: Presidential hopefuls Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republicans Donald Trump offer opening remarks about jobs as the first Presidential debate kicks off at Hofstra University in New York.
The gap between the two candidates in recent national opinion polls has narrowed in the past week, with the latest Reuters/Ipsos polling showing Clinton ahead by 4 percentage points, with 41 percent of likely voters.
Clinton recently pulled ahead of Trump in the crucial battleground state of Florida, according to the Reuters/Ipsos States of the Nation project released on Monday. If the election were held today, Clinton would defeat Trump, with an 88 percent of reaching the 270 electoral college votes needed, according to the project, which is based on a weekly online tracking poll of more than 15,000 Americans.