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Amy Klobuchar, Pete Buttigieg, Elizabeth Warren, Joe Biden, and Bernie Sanders on the debate stage

Everything You Need to Know About the South Carolina Democratic Debate

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By Robin Zabiegalski

The Democratic candidates will take the debate stage for the second time in a week on Tuesday, February 25th. The debate will take place in South Carolina ahead of the state's primary, which takes place on Saturday, February 29th.

This debate is the last before Super Tuesday on March 3rd. So, this debate is crucial for the upcoming primaries. The field hasn't thinned at all, so it's key that each candidate uses this debate as an opportunity to make their mark.

Here's everything you need to know about the debate.

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Who Will Be On the Stage?

Tom Steyer
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Shockingly, there will actually be more candidates on stage for Tuesday's debate than there were on stage in Nevada last week. Billionaire candidate Tom Steyer, who didn't qualify for the Nevada debate, reached the polling threshold in South Carolina.

So, there will be seven candidates debating Tuesday night in South Carolina - Tom Steyer, former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Senator Bernie Sanders, Senator Elizabeth Warren, Former Vice President Joe Biden, Former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, and Senator Amy Klobuchar.

A Crucial Debate

Bernie Sanders, Joe Biden, and Elizabeth Warren on the debate stage
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This is the third Democratic debate in February, which is a lot for the shortest month of the year. But each debate has given the candidates an opportunity to show their expertise and demonstrate why they should nab the nomination.

Sanders and Warren dominated the debates in Nevada and both are enjoying a lot of momentum as they head into tomorrow's debate.

Since the South Carolina debate is the last one before Super Tuesday, a good debate performance could be the difference between regaining ground or dropping out of the race.

Watch for the Candidates to Come After Sanders

Bernie Sanders speaking
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Bernie Sanders won the Nevada Caucuses by an incredible margin. This win cemented his status as the frontrunner for the Democratic nomination. While his wins in Iowa and New Hampshire were close, none of the other candidates even came close to Sanders in Nevada.

So, the other top-tier candidates, which most political analysts agree include Joe Biden, Pete Buttigieg, and Elizabeth Warren, will likely go after Sanders in tomorrow's debate. Buttigieg and Biden are likely to go after Sanders' liberal policies, while Warren will likely try to find ways to differentiate her policies from Sanders' since they agree on a lot.

How to Watch the South Carolina Debate

Elizabeth Warren, Joe Biden, and Bernie Sanders on the debate stage
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The South Carolina debate will start at 8:30 pm EST Tuesday night. The debate will be broadcasted live on CBS and BET.

If you don't have cable, you can still watch the debate for free. You can watch a live stream of the debates on Twitter, the CBS website, the CBS App.

If you pay for a live TV service like SlingTV, YouTubeTV, or Hulu Live, then you can watch the debates on either the CBS or BET channel on the service.

Tune in Tuesday night!

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