Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, the US presidential candidates, are preparing for their third and final debate ahead of the November 8 election.
For the Republican Trump, the debate in Las Vegas on Wednesday is perhaps his last opportunity to turn around the presidential race that appears to be slipping away.
His predatory comments about women and a flood of sexual assault accusations have increased his unpopularity with women and limited his pathways to victory.
Trump has denied the accusations and his supporters remain intensely loyal, but there are few signs he is attracting the new backers he desperately needs.
Democrat Clinton, too, takes the stage with challenges of her own.
While the electoral map currently leans in her favour, she is facing a new round of questions about her trustworthiness, concerns that have trailed her throughout the campaign.
The hacking of her top campaign adviser’s emails revealed a candidate who is averse to apologising, can strike a different tone in private than in public, and makes some decisions only after political deliberations.
The contest at the University of Nevada comes three weeks from election day with early voting already under way in more than 30 states – at least 2.1 million voters have cast ballots already.
Issues to be debated, picked by moderator Chris Wallace, a Fox News anchor, include immigration, the Supreme Court, and foreign policy.
Trump has leaned on an increasingly brazen strategy in the campaign’s closing weeks, including peddling charges that the election will be rigged, despite no evidence of widespread voter fraud in US presidential contests.
His running mate, Mike Pence, has insisted they will accept the election results.
In an email to supporters, Trump’s campaign urged Americans to watch the debate and said the mainstream media, “which is an extension of the Clinton campaign, will try to spin the debate as a loss for Mr Trump no matter how decisively he wins”.
Trump is bringing President Barack Obama’s half brother, Trump supporter Malik Obama, as one of his debate guests, as well as the mother of an American killed in the Benghazi attack, which the Republican holds Clinton responsible for.
Clinton is bringing billionaire and frequent Trump critic Mark Cuban and Hewlett Packard Enterprise CEO Meg Whitman, one of the former secretary of state’s highest-profile Republican backers.
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