John McCain’s supporters will be expecting the Republican candidate to deliver a commanding performance in his final TV debate with Barack Obama tonight. The Democrat contender has a strong lead in the polls and anything less than a convincing display by McCain could kill off his chances of winning the presidency.
Some surveys in the past week have given Obama a double digit lead. Most respondents said the economy was the top issue in the campaign, followed by the war in Iraq and the threat of another terrorist attack on the United States.
The debate will focus on domestic policy and the economy, areas in which McCain is seen as weak. Commentators say they expect the gloves to be off in this final encounter. The election takes place on November 4 but overseas voting has already begun.
Soldiers in Afghanistan had the privilege of being the first to cast their ballots. Military voting has started earlier than usual in an attempt to avoid a repeat of problems that arose in previous elections.