The stakes have risen for Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont following a near-tie in the Iowa caucuses Monday. Sanders and the former secretary of state are set to debate each other Thursday night, just days before voters in New Hampshire cast their ballots in the state’s primary.
The debate, to be hosted at the University of New Hampshire in Durham, will be the last chance for New Hampshire voters to see Clinton and Sanders duke it out before voting begins Tuesday. The event starts at 9 p.m. EST and will be moderated by NBC News’ Chuck Todd and Rachel Maddow of MSNBC.
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Clinton and Sanders will be without a third wheel for their fifth official Democratic debate — Martin O’Malley, the former Maryland governor and former mayor of Baltimore, dropped out of the race after a poor showing in Iowa. Clinton was victorious over Sanders by just 0.3 percent, according to media reports.
The Democratic hopefuls appeared in a town hall forum Wednesday hosted by CNN. It was the first time voters had the opportunity to see how the Iowa results affected Clinton’s and Sanders’ messaging and defensive strategies. For Thursday’s debate, some political strategists said Clinton needs to show she isn’t losing steam against Sanders.
Clinton was seen slipping in her lead over Sanders faster than she did during the 2008 race against then-Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois. Sanders had as much as a 33-point lead over Clinton among likely New Hampshire voters, according to polling tracked by RealClearPolitics.