What to Watch For and Everything to Know As Sanders, Klobuchar, Patrick and Buttigieg Face Off in CNN Town Halls

With the New Hampshire primary just days away, four Democratic candidates will have the opportunity to make a final pitch to voters during a CNN town hall on Thursday night.

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar, former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick and former South Bend, Indiana, mayor Pete Buttigieg will each take the stage at Saint Anselm College in Manchester starting at 8 p.m. Eastern time.

The back-to-back town halls will be aired on CNN, CNN.com and the network's mobile apps. Candidates will take questions directly from audience members as well as from a CNN moderator. Some issues the Democrats are likely to be quizzed on include impeachment and the Iowa caucuses.

Thursday will be the second night that CNN will be hosting presidential candidates. On Wednesday, voters heard from former Vice President Joe Biden, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, tech entrepreneur Andrew Yang and billionaire Tom Steyer.

CNN said invitations were "extended to candidates who qualify to participate in the Democratic National Committee-sanctioned debate," which will be held on Friday, February 7. The debate will be hosted by ABC, WMUR-TV and Apple News.

New Hampshire residents will cast their vote for the Democrat they want to see nominated on February 11. The New England state plays an important role in the Democratic race as the first-in-the-nation primary.

This year, New Hampshire is likely to have an even bigger spotlight after the Iowa caucus meltdown. Issues with a new voting application system delayed results from the Midwestern state. Even when the partial results were released, they were riddled with inconsistencies and errors.

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Yard signs for Democratic presidential candidates are posted in front of a home on February 05, 2020 in Manchester, New Hampshire. The New Hampshire primary is on February 11. Four Democratic candidates will participate in a CNN town hall on Thursday night, days before residents cast their vote in the state's primary. Justin Sullivan/Getty

New Hampshire is one of the more difficult early-voting states to predict, but the polls currently show Sanders ahead of his Democratic rivals.

A Boston Globe/Suffolk University survey released Monday found the Vermont senator with 24 percent support among likely primary voters. Biden and Warren trailed behind, earning 18 percent and 13 percent support, respectively.

The latest polling data from Emerson College and 7 News also showed Sanders at the top. The 78-year-old senator had 31 percent support among registered Democrats and Independents. In second place was former South Bend, Indiana mayor Pete Buttigieg with 21 percent of the support.

Sanders and Buttigieg are in a virtual tie in Iowa, with Buttigieg in the lead by 0.1 percent in state delegate equivalents with 96 percent of precincts reporting. But the Vermont senator is winning the popular vote, with roughly 2,000 more tallies than Buttigieg.

Sanders gave a campaign update in New Hampshire on Thursday afternoon amid the Iowa confusion, during which he claimed victory in the state for the first time.

"What I want to do today, three days late, is to thank the people of Iowa for the very strong victory they gave us in the Iowa Caucuses," he said. Though he added that the Iowa Democratic Party's inability to "count votes in a timely fashion" a screw up that has "been extremely unfair to the people of Iowa, all of the candidates and all of their supporters."