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YouTube will stream the Democratic debate on January 17th

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YouTube and NBC News are partnering up to live stream the next Democratic debate from South Carolina, scheduled for January 17th with NBC Nightly News anchor Lester Holt on moderator duty. The debate will run from 9PM to 11PM ET, and you'll be able to watch it on NBC's YouTube channel.

The remaining Democratic field (Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, and Martin O'Malley) is downright tiny compared against the GOP group that took the stage last night, and Clinton remains the overwhelming favorite to capture the party's nomination. A good showing at the event will be crucial for Sanders if he hopes to remain competitive, as YouTube notes this will be "the final DNC-sanctioned Democratic presidential debate before the first caucus and primary votes are cast."

Holt will lead the discussion, and questions from YouTube users will also be featured throughout the debate. So far, ratings for the Democratic debates have been absolutely crushed by the high-profile Republican contests, which could be another factor in NBC News opening up the broadcast to as many viewers as possible. YouTube's blog post doesn't specify whether the live stream will be available outside the United States, so we've asked the company for clarification on that point.