Democratic debate: Clinton, Sanders clash — See How Clinton May Hinged On African-American Voters

Democratic presidential candidates are meeting Sunday for their final debate before voting begins next month as a polling surge by Bernie Sanders hands him a realistic chance to beat front-runner Hillary Clinton in the first two nominating states.

The clash has the potential to be more contentious and personal than the previous three Democratic debates, after Clinton’s campaign reacted to Sanders’ rising profile in Iowa and New Hampshire by amping up attacks on the Vermont senator.

Clinton hopes to use the NBC debate to press home her argument that she is the most electable Democrat, has the best experience required of a commander in chief and is more likely to beat a Republican in the general election.

Given that the debate is in Charleston, South Carolina, Clinton is also likely to tout her connections to African-American voters, who are crucial in the Palmetto State primary and could form a firewall for her should she lose the first two contests in early February.

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