The central issue that defensifies the election story in DC, and the key battlegrounds ahead

The election season has been defined by a series of issues, from the economic fallout from the GOP health care bill to the political fallout from Trump’s dismissal of FBI Director James Comey, and it’s clear that the central one—the Republican health care plan—has taken the most hits.

But the other issues, such as the FBI investigation, have taken far less political heat.

The central question in this election season—what will the election look like, and what will happen in Washington—has not yet been fully answered. 

But it’s becoming clearer that it will be an extremely tight race, with each candidate looking to the other for a winning answer on one of the issues most important to voters. 

The Trump vs. Clinton debate is shaping up to be the most consequential presidential debate since 1992, when George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton debated over the Vietnam War, as well as a host of other issues. 

(AP Photo/Susan Walsh) The debate will likely feature a host, including Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, Chris Christie, Rand Paul, Carly Fiorina, and Ben Carson.

It’s expected to begin at 8 p.m.

ET and will be moderated by Fox News’ Bret Baier.

The top two candidates are locked in a dead heat in the RealClearPolitics average of recent polls.

Trump leads Clinton by about five percentage points, with Ohio Gov.

John Kasich in second place at 4.5 percent.

The other key battleground is Nevada, where Carson and Rubio have been struggling, with Kasich leading in the state by about six percentage points. 

There’s still no clear consensus among experts about how close the race is going to be, but it’s likely to be close enough that both candidates are likely to make a serious effort to win.

It’s not just about the health care vote, either.

The campaign will also be looking to address some of the broader issues facing the country, including immigration and foreign policy, according to CNN’s Alisyn Camerota. 

“There are a lot of people that have been talking about these issues for a long time,” Camerota said, adding that both sides have some of their arguments and disagreements on the issue.

“But, in the end, it’s going to come down to a decision that people want to make.” 

This is the first time a presidential debate has featured two candidates who are more than halfway through their respective presidential campaigns, with Trump and Clinton leading by more than six percentage and four points respectively.

They will be joined by former Florida Gov.

Jeb Bush and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum.

A lot of the candidates are looking to get back on the defensive about what happened in the last debate, and they will certainly try to paint each other as the ones who made things worse.

In the CNN debate, Trump will try to explain how he is different than the previous debate participants.

“I’m the person who made America great.

I’m the one who built the Wall.

I was president for five years.

And I was never a bad person,” Trump said, referring to the controversy over the 2016 debate in which he bragged about grabbing women’s genitals and boasted about kissing women without consent.

Trump also wants to explain why he has been accused of making a sexist comment about a disabled reporter.

“There’s a lot to say about that.

I did a lot.

I’ll tell you, I had people calling me the worst,” Trump told Camerota during the debate.

“I have a lot better hair, too.

I have a great body.

But when I’m attacked, it has nothing to do with me, and I’m going to defend myself.” 

Meanwhile, Carson and his running mate, Virginia Gov.

Mike Pence, will try their best to paint Clinton as the one person who has done more to damage the country.

“Hillary Clinton and her supporters are desperate to delegitimize and destroy the Trump administration,” Pence said, before making a point to note that his running mates were the ones making the attacks.

“They’re trying to delegitimate our presidency.

And they’re going to try to delegitate the results of this election.”

“We’re going into this debate thinking it’s all going to go well.

And that’s not going to happen,” Carson added.

“We’re trying every day to get our message across to the American people.” 

The debate is also expected to include some of Trump’s harshest comments, which will likely include some pretty controversial comments that will resonate with voters.

The Republican candidate is likely to bring up Trump’s treatment of women, as he did during the first presidential debate, when he was asked about his treatment of a woman who had filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against him, which resulted in a settlement in her favor.

Trump’s response, according the transcript