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Read The Latest Updates On The NBC Democratic Debate

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CHARLESTON, SC - JANUARY 17: The stage at the Gaillard Center is prepared for tonight's Democratic debate on January 17, 2016 in Charleston, South Carolina. Democratic presidential hopefuls Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and Martin O'Malley spent yesterday campaigning in South Carolina in lead up to tonight's debate. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

The three Democratic presidential hopefuls are gathering Sunday in Charleston, South Carolina, for a debate hosted by NBC News and the Congressional Black Caucus Institute.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) will be participating in the event, which kicks off at 9 p.m. EST.

Watch the debate and read live updates on the action below:

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