Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton take the stage Wednesday evening in Las Vegas for the third and final presidential debate — what could be one of the last opportunities for Trump to save his floundering campaign.
Clinton leads her Republican opponent by a healthy margin in most national polls, and appears poised to capture many of the decisive battleground states in the November election.
The two previous debates were bruising affairs that generated many more headlines from the candidates' attacks on each other than from any policy discussion.
Many pundits said the first debate went poorly for Trump, who elicited laughter when said he has a "much better temperament" than Clinton. The New York businessman later claimed he held back on making "inappropriate" comments about Bill Clinton. During that first faceoff, the Democratic nominee slammed Trump for perpetuating a false claim that President Barack Obama was not born in the United States.
The second debate came days after the release of a 2005 video featuring Trump bragging about groping women. Although some prominent Republicans called for Trump to drop out of the race because of the video, he apologized for his comments and counter-punched with personal attacks against Clinton on the debate stage.
But in the week and a half since then, Trump has seen a blistering series of allegations from women that he had made unwanted sexual advances. In response, the Republican nominee has ratcheted up his rhetoric that the media, and even fellow Republicans, are working against him in a coordinated conspiracy. He's also suggested that the election could be "stolen" from him as the result of "large scale voter fraud" — even though there's considerable evidence that voter fraud is a nearly nonexistent problem in the country.