During the last presidential debate of this long, weird election season at a bar with members of the Mecklenburg Young Republican Party in Charlotte, the largest city in the crucial state of North Carolina, one of the party faithful sidled up to mutter in my ear.
Nick O'Malley is a senior writer and a former US correspondent for The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age.
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