The fourth Democratic debate airs tonight on NBC with all three Democratic candidates participating. The debate will be live from South Carolina, moderated by NBC’s Lester Holt. Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton are currently locked in very tight battles in Iowa and New Hampshire so this debate could be crucial to the results in both early states. This will be the last Democratic debate which happens before the Iowa caucus on February 1.

Sunday, January 17, 2016
NBC News Democratic Debate
9pm ET (8pm CT, 7pm MT, 6pm PT)

Aired On: NBC
Location: Charleston, South Carolina
Live Stream:

Moderator: Lester Holt
Candidates: Clinton, Sanders, O’Malley

Report from the Miami Herald:

The Democratic presidential debate Sunday night may be the liveliest one yet.

In the final debate before voting begins in the Democratic contest, Hillary Clinton will be more aggressive in her attacks on Bernie Sanders after the former secretary of state watched her hefty lead in early nominating states evaporate.

Sanders, an independent senator from Vermont, has slowed Clinton’s momentum and scored some key endorsements, including one this week from the liberal group, which boasts millions of members.

The two-hour debate at the Gaillard Center in Charleston, S.C., will air on NBC and stream on YouTube starting at 9 p.m. EST. It will feature Clinton and Sanders as well as former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley.

No doubt the topic of gun control will take up a portion of time since this will be the first Democratic debate since President Obama announced his executive actions tightening regulations on gun sales. This has been a point of contention in prior debates since Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton have slightly differing views when it comes to the right level of gun control legislation.

Sanders needs to appear viable in a general election. If he can pull that off, he may peel more votes away from Clinton. The race in New Hampshire is leaning his way while he still has some ground to close in Iowa.

We’ll have the full debate video after it airs.