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A worker leaves the Thomas & Mack Center ahead of the third presidential debate between Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump at UNLV in Las Vegas, Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump to face off for final time

9:00 pm Oct. 19, 2016

The third and final debate of the 2016 presidential election is set to begin at any moment in Las Vegas.

You already know the stakes: Donald Trump must right his campaign’s ship and Hillary Clinton must stave off pointed questions — again — about her tenure as secretary of state.

Fox News anchor Chris Wallace is the lone moderator and the scheduled topics are: debt and entitlements, immigration, economy, Supreme Court, foreign hot

U.S. Senate candidate Jim Barksdale, right, and his two Democratic primary opponents at an Atlanta Press Club debate this spring.  BRANT SANDERLIN/BSANDERLIN@AJC.COM

Johnny Isakson rival questions whether debate format favors Republican

2:10 pm Oct. 19, 2016

Updated at 2:55 p.m.: 

The Atlanta Press Club’s decision to require all three U.S. Senate candidates to sit during this week’s debate has prompted the ire of Sen. Johnny Isakson’s rivals. And Libertarian candidate Allen Buckley suggested the format could help the incumbent Republican, who is suffering from Parkinson’s disease.

The candidates found out Tuesday that they’ll be sitting during the hourlong debate, which is sponsored by the Atlanta Press Club and will be taped Friday and aired

Democratic Senate candidate Jim Barksdale at an immigration roundtable last week. HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM

Jim Barksdale looks to capitalize off voter outrage over Donald Trump’s treatment of women

11:24 am Oct. 19, 2016

Democrat Jim Barksdale is grasping onto U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson’s continued support of Donald Trump in the final weeks of the campaign as he looks to capitalize off voter outrage over the GOP nominee’s treatment of women.

The Democrat, who is looking to close a substantial gap in the polls, constantly hits Isakson on the issue in press releases and Twitter posts. Barksdale’s campaign website now prominently features a