Democratic candidates appear at Des Moines forum

Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Rodham Clinton, left, former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, right, and Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt, center, smile after a Democratic presidential candidate forum in Rock Hill, S.C. in November. AP Photo

DES MOINES, Iowa – A week out from the lead-off Iowa caucuses, the Democratic presidential candidates will make their closing pitches Monday night at a televised forum in Des Moines.

Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and Martin O’Malley are set to appear at the CNN town hall at Drake University. Each will appear on stage for thirty minutes and will field questions from a news anchor and the audience.

The latest Des Moines Register/Bloomberg Politics poll found Clinton with 42 percent, Sanders with 40 percent and O’Malley with just 4 percent of likely Democratic caucus-goers. The poll, conducted between Jan. 7 and 10, had a margin of error of plus or minus 4.4 percentage points, suggesting it could be a toss-up between the former secretary of state and the Vermont senator.

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