EYEWITNESS NEWS (WBRE/WYOU) — From your local election headquarters, it’s debate night in Pennsylvania and the two candidates running for the U.S. Senate seat will face off in their one and only debate.

It is one of the most closely watched races across the nation as it could have an impact on the balance of power in Washington.

It’s been long awaited and much anticipated as Republican Mehmet Oz and Democrat John Fetterman are expected to debate a wide range of issues.

The Oz-Fetterman Debate is expected to be a knockdown, drag-out affair, say the political analysts, Eyewitness News spoke with Tuesday. They say the winner of this debate could have a big advantage heading into the November 8 Election.

Republican Mehmet Oz and Democrat John Fetterman will meet face-to-face for the first time in a live televised debate.

The stakes are high for each candidate. Todd Eagen is a member of the Democratic Party National Committee. He says Fetterman has to address questions about his health.

“Well, I think with John Fetterman, number one in general, the voters do know that he had a stroke in May so this is his opportunity to face the state-wide voters and show that he’s recovered from that stroke in May,” said Todd Eagen, a Democratic National Committee member.

Eagen also says Fetterman has to push back on criticism that he is weak on crime.

“I think with John the airwaves have been hit with a lot of anti-negative ads about his role on the parole board. So I really think he needs to address these issues. What he’s done on the parole board but it’s the economy, the economy is hitting everybody. I think that’s going to permeate across all lines not only for Fetterman but also Dr. Oz,” Eagen continued.

Former Republic Congressman Lou Barletta who lost in the May primary in the race for Governor says this debate could be all or nothing for both candidates.

Eyewitness News asked, “Could this debate make or break either candidate, two weeks before the election?

“I think absolutely it is. I think the numbers are close and I believe that Dr. Oz who is behind most of this race is now closing the gap. I think there are questions on Fetterman’s health both Fetterman and dr. Oz will discuss,” said Former Congressman, Lou Barletta.

Barletta says Oz must also convince voters he understands the issues they are concerned about.

“Well, I think number one he’s going to have to prove his ties to Pennsylvania. Prove that he’s number one because I’m sure that’s what Fetterman will attack him on,” Barletta added.

You can watch the hour-long debate on WBRE and WYOU starting at 8:00 pm