Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump's long and acrimonious battle for the White House is speeding toward the end, with the candidates taking the debate stage Wednesday night for one final prime-time showdown. For Trump, the debate is perhaps his last opportunity to turn around a race that appears to have slipped away from him. The last in a trio of presidential debates, Wednesday's contest in Las Vegas comes just under three weeks from Election Day and with early voting already underway in more than 30 states. At least 2.1 million voters have cast ballots already. The candidates will be asked about the economy, immigration, the Supreme Court, foreign flashpoints and their fitness to be president.
This is our final shot, folks.Trump at a Colorado rally on Tuesday
Trump has leaned on an increasingly brazen strategy in the campaign's closing weeks, including peddling charges that the election will be rigged. His own campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, seemed to undercut that argument Wednesday by saying she didn't believe there was widespread voter fraud. Trump is bringing President Obama's half-brother, Trump supporter Malik Obama, as his debate guest alongside others including Sarah Palin. Clinton is bringing billionaire and frequent Trump critic Mark Cuban, basketball legend Kareem Abdul-Jabar and Hewlett Packard Enterprise CEO Meg Whitman, one of the former secretary of state's highest-profile Republican backers. Republicans desperately hope Trump can close the campaign by focusing on Clinton's weaknesses, a strategy some privately concede may not be enough at this point for him to win but could help GOP Senate candidates salvage their races.