The remaining 2016 Democratic presidential candidates are scheduled to take the stage for a third debate in Manchester, New Hampshire next month, on Dec. 19. The debate will be aired by ABC News and WMUR-TV.
The debate is likely to include the three candidates that appeared Saturday in Des Moines, Iowa. Recent polls have found that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton continued to lead the race, polling at 55 percent according to a recent CNN/ORC poll. Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders polled at 37 percent and former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley was polling at 3 percent.
Since the first debate, Sen. Jim Webb (D-VA) and former Rhode Island governor Lincoln Chaffee have dropped out of the race. U.S. Vice President Joe Biden has decided against running for president, offering a boost to Clinton in the polls. The former secretary of state went into the second debate with a string of recent successes, including recent endorsements from a number of unions.
In case you're unable to tune in for the Dec. 19 debate, there’s also an online forum planned for mid-November that was recently granted the green light by the Democratic National Committee, amid calls to expand the debate calendar. The candidates will respond to pre-recorded questions during a forum hosted by MoveOn, a prominent progressive advocacy group. As of late last month when the forum was first announced, only Bernie Sanders had accepted the invitation. The forum is not a debate, as candidates will not respond or engage with one another.
The additional session comes amid criticism of the Democratic National Convention’s decision to approve just six debates during the election cycle. For comparison, some 12 debates are scheduled for the Republican presidential field. Fifteen GOP debates remain in the race, and the Republican debates have been broken into higher and lower tier candidate session.