Democratic presidential candidates Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton will face off Thursday night in New York City, where he was born and where she served as a U.S. senator, when CNN and NY1 stage a debate in Brooklyn.
The showdown is scheduled to run 9-11 p.m. EDT. CNN's Wolf Blitzer and Dana Bash and Errol Louis of NY1 will moderate and ask questions. It's the first time the candidates have been onstage together in more than a month, and with their attacks on one another ramping up on a daily basis, you probably don't want to miss out.
The New York primary election will be held Tuesday, and it's shaping up to be a tense race. As of Wednesday afternoon, former Secretary of State Clinton had a 13-point lead over Vermont Sen. Sanders, according to RealClearPolitics' average of polls. Nationwide, the candidates' numbers were much closer: According to the HuffPost Pollster, Clinton's support was at 49 percent. Sanders' was at 44.
The Democrats have been taking shots at each other over the past week, with Sanders suggesting Clinton wasn't "qualified" to be president because she supported the war in Iraq and the former first lady suggesting he couldn't answer detailed questions about his economic proposals "under the bright spotlight."
Politics in New York tend to be "screwy," political analyst Dan Gerstein told USA Today. “To a large degree, Hillary’s a victim of those dynamics and Bernie’s a beneficiary, which is going to probably make the vote closer than it otherwise should be," he added.
Sanders has said he thinks he can win the Democratic nomination without New York, which he acknowledged to NBC News is "enormously important." "I want to do as well as I can," Sanders added.
On Wednesday, he had 1,069 delegates to Clinton's 1,758.