After Thursday’s Democratic presidential debate in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders will not share a stage again until March 6.
The two have had six debates so far, and they recently added more to the schedule after both campaigns asked the Democratic National Committee to sanction additional showdowns. The event on March 6 will take place in Flint, Michigan, to draw attention to the water crisis going on there, which was caused by government officials allowing contaminated water to erode the city’s lead pipes and leave toxic levels of lead in residents’ water.
Before then, Clinton and Sanders will participate in a town hall that was recently scheduled to take place Feb. 18 in Las Vegas, Nevada, just two days before the Democratic caucuses there. Now that the Democrats are done with the high profile first-in-the-nation nominating contests in Iowa and New Hampshire, their events are slightly more spaced out in February.
The Nevada caucuses take place Feb. 20 and the South Carolina Democratic primary will be Feb. 27. Those two states have much more diverse electorates than Iowa and New Hampshire, which have primarily white populations, so Clinton’s campaign is hoping she can beat Sanders and prevent further momentum.
The Vermont senator nearly tied Clinton in Iowa and beat her by double digits in New Hampshire, which has caused some to worry about the former secretary of state, who was once the party’s prohibitive favorite for the nomination. However, Clinton has historically been popular among non-white voters and has continued to lead Sanders among African Americans, particularly in early states such as South Carolina.
By the time of the debate in Flint, Michigan, Clinton and Sanders will know much more about how the race is developing. They will have competed not only in the first four nominating states, but also in the slew of contests that take place March 1. As the competition has gotten closer, both campaigns have said they are prepared for a primary season that could last months and are likely to try to use the time between now and early March to solidify their support among key demographics.
Details for the March 6 debate have not yet been released, but the DNC will likely decide which network will host the debate and what time it will take place in the coming weeks.