Assistant managing editor for politics Christina Bellantoni, Sacramento bureau chief John Myers and politics reporter Seema Mehta will be on stage after the debate to talk about it. This is how you can still go.
Usually, the special guests whom presidential nominees invite to their debates are meant to underscore some central theme of the candidate’s agenda or uplifting moment in their biography.
This year, the guests in the spotlight underscore how much the candidates dislike one another. Both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump will be bringing people whose purpose for coming appears to be antagonizing their opponent.
Here’s who will be in the guest seats in Las Vegas on Wednesday night:
Nevada is not only playing host to the final presidential debate Wednesday; the day marks the first when voters in the Silver State can cast ballots by mail.
Though election day is still 20 days away, voters have mailed in ballots in nearly half of the 50 states — more than 2.3 million in total, according to data from the Associated Press and the United States Elections Project.
That includes more than three-quarters of a million votes in Florida, where state Democrats are touting the fact that they have nearly erased a traditional GOP advantage in votes by mail. About 10,000 more Republicans than Democrats have voted by mail, according to the Florida secretary of state, a shrinking lead compared with past elections.
You’d be hard-pressed to find a swing state more swinging than Nevada. Over the past century, the candidate who won the state has been elected president in all but one election: 1976, when Gerald Ford won its three electoral votes but lost the election to Jimmy Carter.
Six electoral votes are at stake there now. For much of the year, neither Donald Trump nor Hillary Clinton seemed to have a clear advantage, making it a fitting venue for the final presidential debate.
The most recent polling, though, has shown Hillary Clinton opening up something of a lead. The latest survey, from Monmouth University, gave her a seven-point advantage.
When Donald Trump apologized for saying in 2005 that he could grope women because of his celebrity, he immediately pointed to Bill Clinton as having done worse. Trump appeared before a debate alongside Clinton’s accusers and again mentioned the former president’s past while onstage with Hillary Clinton. But Trump’s argument was undercut when more women publicly came forward with allegations that he had groped or kissed them without consent.
Take a look at the pasts of both Trump and Bill Clinton and accusations against them.
Most of the comments have come from partisans, either Trump supporters praising the poll for telling them what they'd like to believe or Clinton supporters attacking it for the opposite reason.
Ernie Tedeschi, an economist and former Treasury Department official who is adept at data analysis, looked at the issue differently. He wondered what was driving the difference between the Daybreak poll and other surveys.
A federal judge has denied a request for a second extension of the voter registration deadline for Georgia counties stricken by Hurricane Matthew.
U.S. District Court Judge William T. Moore Jr. issued his order Wednesday after the American Civil Liberties Union filed suit seeking six additional days for new voters to sign up in Georgia's six coastal counties. The judge said the request for another deadline extension after early voting has begun "exponentially increases the disruption to Georgia's electoral process."
Last week, the same judge granted a similar request by a different legal group to push back the Oct. 11 registration deadline for only Chatham County, which includes Savannah. That extension lapsed Tuesday, giving new voters just a few extra days to join the rolls.