Clinton surpasses Trump in speaking time at final debate
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Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonOvernight Defense: Trump tries to quell Russia furor | GOP looks to reassure NATO | Mattis open to meeting Russian counterpart Dem pollster: GOP women have a more difficult time winning primary races than Dems Mellman: (Mis)interpreting elections MORE finally surpassed Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump says he doesn't want to use 'adversary' to describe Russia Comey urges Americans to vote for Democrats in midterms Roby wins Alabama GOP runoff, overcoming blowback from Trump criticism MORE in speaking time at a debate. 

The Democratic presidential nominee tallied in at 41 minutes and 46 seconds of speaking time at the final presidential debate of 2016 Wednesday, while Trump spoke for 35 minutes and 41 seconds, according to a CNN count. 

 

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In their previous two general election meetings, the GOP nominee led in talking time and had been criticized for frequently interrupting the former secretary of State. But Clinton's margin in Round 3 was larger than either of his.

In the second debate, Trump barely edged out Clinton, speaking for 40 minutes and 10 seconds while she spoke for 39 minutes and 5 seconds. 

In the first debate, Trump spoke for 45 minutes and three seconds while Clinton spoke for 41 minutes and 50 seconds.