Round 1: Fight!
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This will be the first of six DNC sanctioned debates.
The meager number of Democratic debates is a contentious issue for Democratic delegates and candidates who believe the debate schedule has been rigged to favor Hillary.
Five Democratic presidential candidates are about to try their luck at the first Democratic debate of the 2016 election in Las Vegas on Tuesday night.
But the spotlight is largely on two: former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.
The former secretary of state needs to remind viewers of the debate sponsored by CNN and Facebook about why she began the year as the overwhelming front-runner and is best able to take the torch from President Barack Obama.
Sanders has the opportunity to prove to millions of voters why a 74-year-old self-described democratic socialist can take on both Clinton and Republicans.
There’s also a lot at stake for the three lesser known underdogs, particularly former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, whose stalled campaigns could benefit from an “all in” performance Tuesday.
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