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AM Alert: Sacramentans prepare for final debate

Jan Brown, a delegate of Placer County, celebrates after seeing the numbers come in in favor of democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton at a watch party during the California primary election on Tuesday, June 7, 2016, in Sacramento, Calif.
Jan Brown, a delegate of Placer County, celebrates after seeing the numbers come in in favor of democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton at a watch party during the California primary election on Tuesday, June 7, 2016, in Sacramento, Calif. aseng@sacbee.com

The stage is set for the third and final presidential debate before the election.

While the last debate in a presidential race tends to draw fewer viewers, there are plenty of opportunities to tune in among like-minded local politicos.

River City Republicans intend to gather to cheer on Trump at the Cordova Casino Lodge. The California Democratic Party, Sacramento County Young Democrats, and Fem Dems of Sacramento are hosting their own bash to root for Clinton at the party’s headquarters on 9th Street. The Sacramento Press Club, Rough & Tumble and the Capitol Morning Report are watching together at BarWest on J Street.

Still reeling in the wake of sexual assault accusations and trailing in most polls, Donald Trump needs to speak beyond his base tonight to sway undecided voters on Nov. 8. Hillary Clinton, facing questions over the latest WikiLeaks email dump, will likely have to discuss her “fitness to be president,” one of six debate topics chosen by Fox News anchor and debate moderator Chris Wallace.

WORTH REPEATING: “He rolled in the grass, sniffed all his favorite places and then passed out.” – Anne Gust Brown, via Twitter, on first dog Sutter Brown’s return home.

NEWSOM: The public face of pot, also known as Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, is the featured speaker at the Sacramento Press Club luncheon. Newsom is expected to talk about marijuana legalization and his gun-control measure, Proposition 63. The lunch begins at 11:45 a.m. at the Capitol Plaza Ballroom.

BY THE NUMBERS: 67 outside committees had spent almost $20 million on California legislative races as of Monday. For a full list of the candidates and their top contributors, check out The Money Trail.

CELEBRATE: Happy birthday to Assembly members Ian Calderon, D-Whittier, who turns 31, and Mike Gatto, D-Los Angles, who turns 42.

Taryn Luna: 916-326-5545, @TarynLuna

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