Friday, Sept. 25, 2015 | 2 a.m.
After the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority on Wednesday approved spending $4 million to bring a general election presidential debate here, the Commission on Presidential Debates announced the Thomas & Mack Center on the UNLV campus would host the third and final debate Oct. 19 next year.
Nevada, an election swing state, was already a strong player in the presidential race. Now, the spotlight will shine here even brighter, if that was possible considering the already constant candidate visits more than a year away from the general election.
Here’s a look by the numbers at the debate:
Three — number of presidential debates to be held during the general election. They will be at Dayton, Ohio; St. Louis, and Las Vegas, at UNLV
Oct. 19, 2016 — date of the Las Vegas presidential debate
One — number of vice presidential debates. (It will be in Farmville, Va.)
$4 million — fees and costs that the city will pay to host the debate
$50 million — amount of publicity the debate is expected to generate for Las Vegas and the university
151 — years it took until Nevada landed its first presidential debate — this one
Two — number of times that a general election debate has been held west of the Rockies in the past three decades
3,500 — number of journalists expected to be in town for the debate
800 — Democratic and Republican delegates expected to be in town to watch the debate
4,300 — number of journalists and party delegates invited to the Las Vegas Sun's after-party
Two — number of presidential candidates expected to debate each other
4/9 — odds given by the UK’s Sky Bet that Hillary Clinton will be onstage at the debate
15/8 — odds given that Jeb Bush will be onstage
9/2 — odds that Donald Trump will be onstage
1/1 — odds Donald Trump will show up anyway, just to soak up the attention
Just so many — number of times that Las Vegas politicians have said that the debate means the rest of the country "now takes Las Vegas seriously"