Tonight, President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney face off in their second prime time, televised debate.
Political observers say body language will be key in this debate. President Obama looked down during much of the last debate and pundits say he needs to look straight into the camera this time.
The poll numbers - an average of seven major polls - puts the candidates at a virtual tie with Romney just slightly ahead at 47.4 percent to Obama's 47.3 of those polled.
"I think everyone expected the presidential race to be tight," said political analyst Brian Howey, "so we're really not off script that much. But now, it's who can finish and certainly very crucial as far as how you finish."
What that really means this race has grown much closer since the last debate two weeks ago in Denver. Tonight on Long Island, the two men will take questions from the audience in a town hall-style debate. They'll have to answer to the person in the room who asks the question and the millions watching live.
If tonight is anything like the last debate, there will be a huge television audience, as 58-million people watched the Denver debate.
Now three weeks from election day, debates, like every public appearance, become a direct appeal to voters.
Experts say it's often style over substance that determines how the public reacts to these debates. People forget exactly what the candidates are saying. What's key is how they say it.
"Mitt Romney has to show staying power this time," according to Howey. "He's got to show that for the second debate that he can hang in there and show that this is a real race. And if that happens, than we may see the race tighten even further."
The next presidential debate is scheduled for next Monday night in Florida. That final debate will be identical in style to the first one, and will focus on foreign policy.