The fourth Democratic Debate airs tonight on NBC News at 9 p.m. Eastern time, just three days after the sixth Republican Debate.
While America’s Democrats are primarily focused on what Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders has to say – considering one of them is guaranteed to win the ticket overall – Martin O’Malley has qualified for tonight’s debate.
According to the Huffington Post, here’s what the polls look like right now:
After tonight’s debate – which will focus on a variety of topics previously discussed during rallies – they are bound to change. Clinton and Sanders are in a tight race, and rumors that O’Malley is trying to stick it out for a VP spot have him keeping his head in the game.
But while this should be one of the most important Democratic Debates in this cycle, several news sources worry that it will be overlooked because of scheduling. According to the Boston Globe,
The 2016 Democratic presidential contest has been never been more competitive. This week, new polls showed former US secretary of state Hillary Clinton and US Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont statistically tied in Iowa. The contest has become increasingly intense, with both Clinton and Sanders releasing new television ads this week that needle each other for the first time.
This alone would mean that the next Democratic debate could be the most important yet in the contest. What’s more, this is the last debate before the Iowa caucuses and the New Hampshire Primary.
But not only will this debate air at 9 p.m. on Sunday, in the middle of a three-day weekend, but it will also run during National Football League playoff games and — dare we say — a new episode of PBS’s popular series, “Downton Abbey.”
Umm… maybe you can skip Downton Abbey… just for one night? Find out everything you need to know about tonight’s debate below.
Tonight’s Democratic Debate: TV Channel Schedule & Start Time
Date: TODAY Sunday, January 17, 2016
Channel: NBC News – Check your local TV provider (ie. FIOS, Optimum, Time Warner) to find out what channel the NBC News network is on in your area.
Debate Time: 9 p.m. Eastern
Location: Charleston, South Carolina
Moderator: Lester Holt
Twitter Hashtags: #DemDebate, #DemocraticDebate
Candidates: Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, Martin O’Malley