South Carolina Democratic Debate Live Stream: How to Watch, What to Know As Candidates Take the Stage Ahead of Primary

The Democratic debate stage is getting larger—again—as seven candidates are set to face off Tuesday in South Carolina ahead of the state's "first in the South" primary contest.

The event will reunite the six candidates who participated in last week's Nevada debate: Joe Biden, Pete Buttigieg, Amy Klobuchar, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren. The newcomer will be billionaire Tom Steyer, who failed to qualify the last time around but is polling well enough in the Palmetto State to join his rivals on stage.

Tuesday night will be the first time that both billionaires in the race—Bloomberg and Steyer—will face each other on the debate stage. Both have recently been accused by their rivals of trying to buy the election through their self-funded campaigns.

The debate will kick off at 8 p.m. Eastern time and is going to be co-hosted by CBS News and the Congressional Black Caucus Institute in Charleston, South Carolina. The two main moderators will be CBS anchors Gayle King and Norah O'Donnell. They'll be joined for questioning by Margaret Brennan, Major Garrett and Bill Whitaker.

Twitter is also partnering with the two organizations for the debate. The public can submit questions that have the potential to be posed to candidates by using the hashtag #DemDebate.

The event will be broadcast on CBS News, BET and Twitter. You can also follow the event via the live stream below, courtesy of CBS News.

South Carolina will hold its "first in the South" primary on Saturday, February 29. The early-voting contest is often the first major indicator of how a presidential candidate is doing among black voters as two-thirds of the state's Democratic electorate is African American.

Former Vice President Joe Biden has been leading the South Carolina polls for much of his campaign but the latest CBS News/YouGov poll found his support has dropped off significantly. He still has 28 percent support and a five-point advantage on Senator Bernie Sanders, but in the fall of 2019 the survey found him nearly 30 percentage points ahead of his closest competitor. Plus, his support among black voters fell from 54 percent to 35 percent.

Sanders and Steyer, on the other hand, have made some gains in the state. Sanders is at 23 percent support among likely primary voters and Steyer is in third place with 18 percent support. Steyer previously had just 2 percent support in the state in November 2019. The CBS survey polled 1,238 self-identified Democrats from February 20 to February 22 and has a margin of error of 5.5 points.

Biden could get a big boost from Representative James Clyburn, one of the highest-ranking African Americans in the House, who is planning to endorse the former vice president later this week, according to Politico.

Biden has admitted that South Carolina could be a make-or-break state for him. Earlier this month he told NBC that he thinks he has to do "really well" in Saturday's primary in order to make up ground in the primary. Biden suffered big losses in Iowa and New Hampshire but came in second in the Nevada caucuses this past weekend.

The next Democratic debate will be held on March 15 in Phoenix, Arizona.

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Democratic presidential candidates (L-R) former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), former Vice President Joe Biden, former South Bend, Indiana mayor Pete Buttigieg and Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) (R) participate in the Democratic presidential primary debate at Paris Las Vegas on February 19, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The next debate will take place in South Carolina on February 25. Mario Tama/Getty