Nevada Democratic Debate Live Stream: How To Watch, What to Know As Candidates Face Off

Half a dozen Democratic candidates will face off Wednesday in Las Vegas for the ninth presidential debate—including for the first time former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg.

Besides the billionaire businessman, the candidates who have qualified for the event are Joe Biden, Pete Buttigieg, Amy Klobuchar, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren.

Bloomberg qualified at the final hour on Tuesday, meeting the Democratic National Committee's mandated polling threshold. The 78-year-old did not qualify for any of the previous debates because his campaign is not accepting contributions, but the DNC recently scrapped the donor requirement needed to participate.

With Bloomberg participating, Wednesday's debate is likely to be the most contentious yet. The former Republican's rise in the polls has prompted a series of attacks from his Democratic rivals, nearly all of whom have accused him of trying to "buy" the election with his record-breaking ad spending.

The event will kick off at 9 p.m. Eastern time and will be hosted by NBC News and MSNBC from the Paris Las Vega Hotel and Casino. The moderators will be Lester Holt, Chuck Todd, Hallie Jackson, Vanessa Hauc and Jon Ralston.

The debate will be broadcast on NBC and MSNBC and can be watched online at NBCNews.com and MSNBC.com. You can also follow the event via the live stream below, courtesy of NBC News.

The debate comes just days before Nevada holds its "first in the West" caucuses, during which residents will pick the candidate they want to see nominated. The early-voting contest, which is often the first indicator of how a presidential candidate is doing among Latino voters, is on Saturday.

Sanders appears to be in the lead in the battleground state, according to the latest polls. A Data for Progress survey released Monday found the Vermont senator had 35 percent support from likely caucusgoers—which is a 19-point advantage over his Democratic rivals.

In second place was Warren, who earned 16 percent support from likely voters. Buttigieg, the former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, rounded out the top three finishers with 15 percent support. In a close fourth place was Biden with 14 percent support.

The Data for Progress poll surveyed 766 likely caucusgoers between February 12 and 15. The margin of error for the polls is plus or minus 3.4 percentage points.

The next Democratic debate will be held February 25 in South Carolina. It will be hosted by CBS News and the Congressional Black Caucus Institute in partnership with Twitter.

nbc msnbc democratic debate
The stage is prepared for the November 19, 2019, Democratic debate in Atlanta. NBC and MSNBC will host the Democrats' ninth presidential debate, which will be in Las Vegas on February 19. Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images