Who would make the best commander in chief?

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Iowa’s final results from the first contest of the presidential cycle remain unclear, despite reaching 100% of precincts reporting late Thursday, but since the returns started slowly trickling in, the ground of the 2020 race has shifted, with the Democrats more openly and aggressively drawing contrasts between each other over their competing visions for the country.

Now, they bring the disputes they’ve been battling out on the campaign trail to the debate stage.

Here’s how the night is unfolding. Please refresh this page for updates.

9:06 p.m. Sanders draws contrast with Biden over Iraq War vote

In the lead up to early voting, Bernie Sanders has often slammed Joe Biden’s vote supporting the Iraq War on the trail.

As the fierceness of the primary content ramps up, Sanders once again took aim at Biden’s 2002 vote in order to contrast himself with the his rival, saying, “If I might, like Joe and others, I also heard the arguments in terms of the war in Iraq from [George W.] Bush, from [Dick] Cheney, from John Bolton, from the whole administration. I listened very carefully. And I concluded that they were lying through their teeth. And I not only voted against that war but I helped lead the opposition.”

9:02 p.m. Steyer on Buttigieg-attack ad in New Hampshire and climate change

“World News Tonight” Anchor and Managing Editor David Muir asks Steyer about an attack ad Steyer’s campaign is running in New Hampshire which attacks Buttigieg’s experience. It’s the first negative ad of the cycle that is paid for by a candidate and invokes another candidate’s name of the cycle.

Steyer doesn’t take his chance to pitch himself as Commander-in-Chief and instead, shifts his focus to climate change.

“This view of the world that our response should be military is driven by our gigantic military complex and ignores the biggest problem we face in the world, which is climate change. It cannot be solved with guns and tanks and planes. The only be solved with diplomacy and allies and interaction with other countries.”

9:00 p.m. Biden leans into experience on foreign policy, as Buttigieg strikes hard on his long record

During an answer on foreign policy, Joe Biden, as he often does on the campaign stump, leaned into his long record on foreign policy, saying, “I’ve been to every part of Afghanistan, not in combat like my friend has, but in a helicopter and/or on a vehicle. In every part of it as a senator and vice president. Here’s what I saw. There’s no possibility of uniting that country. No possibility at all of making it a whole country.”

The debate then turned to Buttigieg, who asked if as commander-in-chief would he have better judgment than Biden, to which he replied by taking aim at Biden’s complicated record, “I believe that I have the judgment to help us get through these situations where obviously the vice president made the wrong decision when it came to such an important moment in our foreign policy.”

8:58 p.m. Biden weighs in on service members suffering traumatic brain injuries following Iranian missile attack

Former Vice President Joe Biden weighed in on U.S. service members who suffered traumatic brain injuries following Iranian missile attack: “What’d the president say? He said, headaches…that’s all they are. This guy doesn’t deserve to be commander-in-chief for one more day!

8:55 p.m. Buttigieg leads the pack with the most speaking time thus far, with Yang falling short

With the most speaking time thus far, according to ABC News’ partners at FiveThirtyEight, Buttigieg is on fire.

Much like the results from Iowa, Sanders is following closely behind.

Yang, the lone candidate of color, looks to be at the bottom of the pack — but there’s more time when ABC News returns from the break.

8:48 p.m. Buttigieg: “No evidence” that Solemani strike made America safer, says Trump doesn’t read intelligence reports

“World News Tonight” Anchor and Managing Editor David Muir asks Buttigieg, who is the only candidate on stage with military experience, if he would have called for the killing of Solemani as Commander-in-Chief.

“There is no evidence that that made our country safer,” Buttigieg says. “It’s also the case that if we learned nothing else from the war in Iraq, it’s that taking out a bad guy is not a good idea if you do not know what you are doing.”

“This president has insulted the intelligence community, but they put their lives on the line to gather the information that will help the decision-maker evaluate whether or not something like that is justified. I don’t think he even reads it.”

Addressing the day’s headlines that the White House’s has fired Army Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, Buttigieg adds, “Not only punishing a veteran today but pardoning war criminals in a way that undermines the sense of good order and discipline and military honor. We deserve a better Commander-in-Chief.”

8:46 p.m.: ABC News Contributor Rahm Emanuel: Senator Warren “is not cognizant of the stakes”

“Elizabeth is not offering anything different from what she offered voters prior to Iowa,” ABC News Contributor Rahm Emanuel says. “She is not cognizant of the stakes.”

8:46 p.m. Trump’s campaign posts ‘stunning’ debate clip of Dems responding to questions of Sanders’ politics

With their eyes on the debate, The Trump campaign is calling out Democrats for “hesitating” to say they were concerned about a Democratic Socialist becoming president.”STUNNING! Watch every leading Democrat hesitate to say they are concerned about having a Democratic Socialist at the top of the Democratic ticket,” they tweeted.

Trump and his campaign have continued to hammer Sanders for the the political label, with Trump even calling him a “communist” at a recent event.

His campaign has continued firing off a string of counterpoints to the Democrats as well, especially targeting Buttigieg, who they call a “human weather vane.”

ABC News’ Will Steakin reported.

8:44 p.m.: ABC News Contributor Chris Christie: Mayor Buttigieg handled the Hunter Biden question well

“Good answer by Mayor Pete on Hunter Biden,” ABC News Contributor Chris Christie says.

8:41 p.m. In moment of unity, Buttigieg defends Biden family: ‘We’ve got to draw a line here’

In a rare moment of unity amid a heated primary contest, former South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg firmly defended former Vice President Joe Biden, amid Republican attacks on his family over his son, Hunter Biden’s role with the Ukrainian company Burisma.

When asked if he thought there is a danger for the Democratic party to nominate a candidate who is under the threat of investigation, Buttigieg responded, “No. We are not going to let them change the subject. This is not about Hunter Biden or Vice President Biden or any Biden. This is about an abuse of power by the president. The vice president and I all are competing but we’ve got to draw a line here.”

No evidence of illegal wrongdoing has been found against Hunter Biden or his father regarding his ties to Ukraine.

A moment later, after Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar was asked if Sanders could gain support from any Republicans.

Biden walked over to Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and gave him a hug.

PHOTO: Democratic presidential hopefuls Sen. Amy Klobuchar and billionaire activist Tom Steyer speak during the eighth Democratic primary debate of the 2020 presidential campaign season at St. Anselm College in Manchester, N.H. Feb. 7, 2020. (Timothy A. Clary/AFP via Getty Images)

8:38 p.m.: Senator Amy Klobuchar compares Mayor Buttigieg’s popularity to President Trump’s in 2016

“Mayor Pete’s big showing in Iowa is making him the big target tonight. Even billionaire Tom Steyer is going after him,” ABC News Chief National Affairs Correspondent Tom Llamas says. “Senator Amy Klobochar had the sharpest attack comparing Mayor Pete’s popularity to President Trump’s in 2016: “we have a cool newcomer in the White House and look where it got us.””

8:37p.m. Yang says American don’t care about investigations

ABC News Live Anchor Linsey Davis asks Andrew Yang about him past comments that a president’s conduct shouldn’t be investigated. Yang has said, if elected president, he would consider pardoning a President Trump, if convicted after office.

“If you look around the world, the countries that have thrown past presidents into jail have generally been developing countries. That’s a pattern that once you establish is very hard to break,” Yang says. “Most Americans don’t care about what a particular individual did. They care about their family’s well being, their town, their community.”

“We should not fall onto a policy that’s been disastrous in other countries.”

8:34 p.m. Yang says Trump is “not the cause of all our problems” but a symptom of it

“Donald Trump is the not the cause of all of our problems and we’re making a mistake when we act like he is. He is a symptom of a disease that has been building up in our communities for years and decades, and it is our job to get to the harder work of actually curing the disease,” said tech entrepreneur Andrew Yang who has argued on the trail that his outsider status is the antidote.

8:33 p.m.: Mayor Buttigieg contrasts himself from the Washington elite

“Mayor Pete’s message on needing a person who can meet this moment was a powerful contrast to those who have been in D.C. for years,” ABC News Chief Political Analyst Matthew Dowd says.

8:32 p.m. Buttigieg poises himself as best candidate to beat Trump, plays to his youth

“Here’s how we’re going to win: We’re going to force this president to stand on that debate stage next to somebody who actually lives in a middle class neighborhood in the industrial Midwest in the exact kind of community that he pretends to speak for but turns his back on,” said former South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg, who at 38, is the youngest candidate on stage.

“If we want to beat this president we have to move on from the playbook we have relied upon in the past and unify this country around a new and better vision.”

8:32 p.m. Steyer interjects in sparring between Sanders, Buttigieg, receives a loud applause from the crowd

From the wings of the stage, Tom Steyer, a billionaire and political outsider, received a loud applause for railing against a divided party as Democrats are eager to oust President Trump.

“I have heard this conversation on this debate stage from these people now every single debate, and they’re all right. Everybody on this stage is better on economic justice and health care than anybody in the Republican Party and a million times better than Donald Trump,” he began.

“That is not the question in front of us today,” he continued, before adding that, “We need people with experience. That’s why I’m worried about Mayor Pete. That’s the issue in front of Democratic voters…If we win, we can get the right thing, Bernie. I am with you. But we’ve got to win or we are in deep trouble and we keep not talking about the facts.”

8:31 p.m.: Senator Sanders makes a plea for unity, but is met with attacks

“Bernie Sanders started the debate with a plea for unity — a vow to support the nominee “no matter who wins this damn thing” — but the others are attacking him like he is the front runner and time is running out to take him down,” recounts ABC News Chief White House Correspondent John Karl.

8:30 p.m.: Senator Klobuchar’s attack on Mayor Buttigieg: “Ouch,” says ABC News Chief Global Affairs Correspondent Martha Raddatz

“Ouch. Double barrel attack on Buttigieg from Klobuchar. Bringing up the cartoon comment a dig at his age as well as inexperience?” ABC News Chief Global Affairs Correspondent Martha Raddatz said.

Age and stamina has been an undercurrent throughout the election season.

8:28 p.m. Klobuchar thanks Doug Jones, Mitt Romney on impeachment vote

Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar, one of four senators in the contest who raced between Washington, D.C. and the campaign trail during the impeachment trial, thanked her colleagues who she said had ‘courage’ to support convicting President Trump.

“Meeting the moment. We had a moment the last few weeks…and that moment was the impeachment hearings,” she said. “There was a lot of courage you saw from only a few people. There was courage from Doug Jones, our friend in Alabama who took that tough vote. There was courage from Mitt Romney, who took a very, very difficult vote.”

8:28 p.m.: ABC News Senior White House Correspondent Cecilia Vega: Senator Amy Klobuchar “came to play”

“After a poor showing in Iowa, Klobuchar has a lot on the line tonight and she came to play,” ABC News Senior White House Correspondent Cecilia Vega said of the Minnesota lawmaker. “Trying to seize her moment in the spotlight as a moderate and introduce herself to NH voters. “59 is the new 38,” she says with a smile.”

8:26 p.m.: ABC News Senior Congressional Correspondent Mary Bruce: Joe Biden is “sharpening his attacks”

“Joe Biden has shied away from direct attacks in previous debates, no more,” ABC News Senior Congressional Correspondent Mary Bruce said of the former vice president who appears to have come in fourth place in the problem-plagued Iowa contests. “Biden tonight is clearly sharpening his attacks. He’s already going after Bernie Sanders over Medicare For All, hitting him on a lack of specifics, saying if you ask Sanders how much his plan will cost he says “go figure.” Biden is trying underscore his experience tonight, saying he “busted his neck” getting Obamacare passed.”

8:24 Buttigieg pitches his experience, rejects “politics of the past”

“Look, I freely admit that if you’re looking for the person with the most years of Washington establishment experience under their belt, you got your candidate, and of course it’s not me. The perspective I’m bringing is that of somebody whose life has been shaped by the decisions made in the big white buildings in Washington, D.C.,” the former South Bend, Indiana mayor said. “We need a perspective that will allow us to leave the politics of the past in the past, turn the page, and bring change to Washington.”

“Politics of the past were not all that bad,” Biden responds. “I don’t know what about the past of Barack Obama and Joe Biden was so bad.”

Buttigieg returned with: “Those achievements were phenomenally important because they met the moment. But now we have to meet this moment. And this moment is different.””We have to be ready to turn the page and change our politics before it’s too late.”

8:24 p.m. Klobuchar hits Sanders, Warren and Buttigieg on Medicare for All

Amid a heated exchange on healthcare, Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar slammed a slate of her Democratic rivals in an effort to differentiate her candidacy from the others.

“I keep listening to this same debate, and it is not real,” she said on the debate over health care. “It is not real, Bernie, because two-thirds of the Democrats in the Senate are not on your bill and because it would kick 149 million Americans off their current health insurance in four years. And let me say what else. Elizabeth wants to do it in two years. And Pete, you sent out a tweet just a few years ago that said affirmatively you are for Medicare for All for the ages. So I would like to point out that worship is taking a position, looking at things and sticking with them.”

8:23 p.m.: ABC News Chief Political Analyst Matthew Dowd: Biden should trade process arguments for a vision

“Joe Biden, if he is going to win tonight, needs to stop the process arguments and present a vision,” ABC News Chief Political Analyst Matthew Down says. “His entire first answer was on process.”

8:22 p.m.: Senator Bernie Sanders receives punches from all sides

“Sanders clearly the main target so far,” ABC News Senior White House Correspondent Cecilia Vega said. “Taking hits from all sides forced to defend his stance on socialism. And he came ready to fight back.”

8:20 p.m.: ABC News Contributor Chris Christie question Mayor Pete Buttigieg’s response

“What did Mayor Pete just say? My goodness, he uses more words to say nothing than anyone on that stage,” ABC News Contributor Chris Christie said.

8:20 p.m. Buttigieg, one of potentially two winners out of Iowa, touts unity, while targeting Sanders

Former South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg pivoted away from a direct hit on Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, when asked about the label of socalism, saying, “I’m not interested in labels. I’m not interested in what Republicans are going to say. I’m interested in the style of politics that we need to put forward to actually, finally turn the page.”

“So the biggest risk we could take at a time like this would be to go up against that fundamentally new challenge by trying to fall back on the familiar or trying to unite this country at a moment when we need that kind of unification when our nominee is dividing people with a politics that says if you don’t vote all the way to the edge, it doesn’t count,” he continued.But when pressed if he is talking about Sanders, the other possible winner in Iowa, Buttigieg said “yes.”

“Because we’ve got to bring as many people as we can into this process. Look, all of us have been saying that we can build the majority that it’s going to take in order to win. But the process of actually proving it is now underway,” he said.

“And now it comes to New Hampshire, a state that thinks for itself, is not going to be told what to do by anyone and that has a very independent streak that is going to respond to those who are reaching out in a politics of addition and inclusion and belonging. Not one that beats people over the head and says they shouldn’t even be on our side if we don’t agree 100 percent of the time,” he added.

But Sanders dismissed Buttigieg’s first line of attack, responding with his own swipe, “Needless to say, I’ve never said that. But let me tell you what I do say. The way you bring people together is by presenting an agenda that works for the working people of this country, not for the billionaire class.”

8:18 Biden and Bernie spar on Medicare-for-All

ABC News Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos asks Biden how he’ll unify the country, and he takes a aim at Sanders and Medicare-for-All, an issue that has been a particular dividing line for moderate versus progressive candidates in the race.

“Bernie says tough bring people together, and you have to have medicare for all, but Bernie says — and he says he wrote the damn thing — but can’t say what the damn thing is going to cost,” Biden says. “Who do you think it going to get the passed? I busted my neck getting Obamacare passed. I know how hard it is.”

8:18 p.m. Yang returns to debate stage as only person of color

“First let me say, America, it’s great to be back on the debate stage,” tech entrepreneur Andrew Yang says on his return, after failing to quality for the DNC’s January debate in Iowa. He is the only candidate of color left in the Democratic race for president– a dwindling which has been a source of criticism both of the DNC’s debate qualifying rules process and former candidates.

8:16 p.m.: ABC News Chief Global Affairs Correspondent Martha Raddatz takes a closer look at the Warren and Sanders relationship

Last debate, Senators Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders sparred over the possibility of a woman winning the presidency. ABC News Chief Global Affair Correspondent Martha Raddatz says it looks like Senator Warren is putting that fight behind her: “Warren putting Bernie fights behind her? First thing she says is she and Bernie are friends” she said.

8:11 p.m. For some candidates, this is a make or break moment

For three of the seven candidates, the debate and Tuesday’s New Hampshire primary could be a final make-or-break moment for their campaigns as the field will likely winnow after more contests.

8:10 p.m. Klobuchar expresses concerns over nominating a ‘Democratic Socialist’

ABC News’ Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos asked all the candidates on stage if any of them are concerned about having a democratic socialist at the top of the Democratic ticket?

Amy Klobuchar’s hand shot up, taking aim at Bernie Sanders’ self-imposed label of “Democratic Socialist.”

“Bernie and I work together all the time, but I think we are not going to be able to out divide the divider in chief,” she said. “I think we need someone to head up this ticket that actually brings people with her instead of shutting them out…And truthfully, Donald Trump’s worst nightmare is a candidate that will bring people in from the middle, the people that are tired of the noise and the nonsense and they are tired of the tweets and the mean stuff and they are looking for someone else. I would submit that that is me.”

8:07 p.m. Sanders on uniting behind nominee and young voter turnout

“We got to bring young people in the political process,” former Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders said when asked how to counter Trump’s hit on Democratic socialism. “I’m very proud that in Iowa we won the popular vote by 6,000 votes, but what was most significant is we increased voter turnout for young people under 29 by over 30%.”

“Young people came out in higher numbers [in 2016] than they did during Obama’s historic 2008 campaign, and if that happens nationally we’re going win and defeat Trump,” he added.

8:05 p.m. Joe Biden tackles poor performance in Iowa

Despite the Iowa caucuses delivering a split decision between former South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, former Vice President Joe Biden took on his expected fourth place finish in the first-in-the-caucus state.

When asked what risk Iowa Democrats missed, a nod to his remark that Democrats are taking too big a risk if they nominate Sanders Buttigieg, Biden said, “Oh, they didn’t miss anything. This is a long, a long race. I took a hit in Iowa and I’ll probably take a hit here.”

“No matter what, I’m still in this for the same reason,” he continued. “We have to restore the soul of this country.”

8:03 p.m. The candidates are now taking the stage

The candidates are now taking the stage.

PHOTO: Democratic 2020 U.S. presidential candidates Andrew Yang, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Senator Bernie Sanders, former Vice President Joe Biden, Senator Elizabeth Warren, Senator Amy Klobuchar and billionaire activist Tom Steyer pose. (Brian Snyder/Reuters)
PHOTO: Democratic 2020 U.S. presidential candidates Andrew Yang, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Senator Bernie Sanders, former Vice President Joe Biden, Senator Elizabeth Warren, Senator Amy Klobuchar and billionaire activist Tom Steyer pose. (Brian Snyder/Reuters)

8:00 p.m. ABC News Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos kicks off the night

“The race is on, the first votes have been cast, and tonight, the candidates are here,” ABC News Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos said. “Our New Hampshire debate starts right now.”

8 p.m. The Democratic debate is now underway

The Democratic debate is now underway.

7:48 p.m. Moderators are in place and the candidates are backstage

The moderators are in place and the candidates are backstage. As a reminder:

The debate will be moderated by ABC News Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos, “World News Tonight” Anchor and Managing Editor David Muir and ABC News Live Anchor Linsey Davis. They will be joined in questioning by WMUR-TV Political Director Adam Sexton and WMUR-TV News Anchor Monica Hernandez.

PHOTO: Moderators David Muir, Linsey Davis and George Stephanopoulos speak to the audience before the eighth Democratic 2020 presidential debate at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire, U.S., February 7, 2020. (Brian Snyder/Reuters)
PHOTO: Moderators David Muir, Linsey Davis and George Stephanopoulos speak to the audience before the eighth Democratic 2020 presidential debate at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire, U.S., February 7, 2020. (Brian Snyder/Reuters)

The following candidates will appear on stage, from left to right as viewed by the audience:

Entrepreneur Andrew Yang

Former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders

Former Vice President Joe Biden

Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren

Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar

Businessman Tom Steyer

PHOTO: The stage is set prior to the Democratic presidential primary debate in the Sullivan Arena at St. Anselm College, Feb. 7, 2020 in Manchester, N.H. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
PHOTO: The stage is set prior to the Democratic presidential primary debate in the Sullivan Arena at St. Anselm College, Feb. 7, 2020 in Manchester, N.H. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

7:45 p.m. ABC News Chief Political Analyst Matthew Dowd calls Biden’s electability argument a “flawed strategy”

“Joe Biden made a fundamental, flawed strategy, which is why he’s in the position he’s in,” ABC News Chief Political Analyst Matthew Dowd said breaking down the former vice president’s fourth place finish in Iowa and track for a potential third place finish in New Hampshire. “You can no longer present yourself as the most electable candidate.”

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7:36 p.m. Check out ABC News partner FiveThirtyEight’s live blog analysis

ABC News partner FiveThirtyEight offers live blog analysis throughout the debate. Check them out here.

7:35 p.m. DNC Chairman Tom Perez looks past the primary season and towards the general election

“No matter what happens over the next three months, I want us to never lose sight of our ultimate goal: winning on Nov. 3, ending the worst presidency in American history,” DNC Chairman Tom Perez told audience members ahead of tonight’s debate. “That’s what we will do in 270 days.”

7:31 p.m. DNC chairman fires up crowd with speech about unity

Amid the infighting between some of the perceived front-runners in the wake of the still fully undecided contest in Iowa, Tom Perez, the Democratic National Committee chairman urged unity.

“When we are united, there is nothing we can’t accomplish,” . “When we are united, we can tackle the opioid crisis here in New Hampshire that has taken so many lives and that the president has made worse. … We can end gun violence, we can address climate change for real. We can fight,” he said.

7: 30 p.m.“World News Tonight” Anchor and Managing Editor David Muir offers insight into how local leaders see the debate

World News Tonight” Anchor and Managing Editor David Muir offers insight into how local leaders see the debate.

“Local party leaders are calling this the most consequential debate they’ve ever had ahead of the New Hampshire primary, given the mess after the Iowa caucus; given the fact there’s no real front-runner.”

7:18 p.m. Supporters line up in the cold in New Hampshire

Check out these great shots of candidates’ supporters braving the winter weather to show their support.

PHOTO: Supporters of Sen. Elizabeth Warren rally outside of the Democratic Debate at St. Anselm College in Manchester, N.H., Feb. 7, 2020. (Joseph Prezioso/AFP via Getty Images)
PHOTO: Supporters of Sen. Elizabeth Warren rally outside of the Democratic Debate at St. Anselm College in Manchester, N.H., Feb. 7, 2020. (Joseph Prezioso/AFP via Getty Images)

And here too.

PHOTO: Supporters of Andrew Yang carry a sign as snow falls and people rally for their candidates outside of the Democratic Debate at St. Anselm College in Manchester, N.H., Feb. 7, 2020. (Joseph Prezioso/AFP via Getty Images)
PHOTO: Supporters of Andrew Yang carry a sign as snow falls and people rally for their candidates outside of the Democratic Debate at St. Anselm College in Manchester, N.H., Feb. 7, 2020. (Joseph Prezioso/AFP via Getty Images)

7:18 p.m. Chairman of the New Hampshire Democratic Party: Stakes are high ahead of NH primary elections

“This is going to be the most consequential New Hampshire primary debate in history,” Raymond Buckley, the chairman of the New Hampshire Democratic Party, said.

7:16 p.m. Here’s how to watch the ABC News debate

Friday’s Democratic debate, hosted by ABC News and its Manchester, NH-based affiliate WMUR-TV, caps a tumultuous political week that included the highly contentious and deeply partisan impeachment trial of President Trump and the problem-plagued Iowa caucuses.

Without a clear front-runner, the debate in New Hampshire is the last chance for Democrats to make their case before the first-in-the-nation primary there next week.

ABC News will also be collaborating with Apple News for the event. For the first time, Apple News will provide real-time updates during a live television news event. While watching the debate on ABC News, viewers can go to the Apple News app on their iPhones and iPads to get real-time reporting, analysis and explainer guides from ABC News’ top correspondents and experts.

Read more about this unique viewing experience here.

7:15 p.m. ABC News Contributor Chris Christie says the spotlight is on Buttigieg

“What I would be focused on tonight is can Pete Buttigieg show that he’s real?” ABC News Contributor Chris Christie said, adding that attention will be on the former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor following his performance in Iowa. “More than just play defense, Pete Buttigieg has to explain to people tonight why he should be the nominee, why he’s the best person to take on Trump. I don’t know if he’s made that case yet.”

6:54 p.m. Bidens bringing Gold Star sister whose brother was killed in Afghanistan as their guest to tonight’s debate

Per the Biden campaign, Joe and Jill Biden’s guest at tonight’s debate in Manchester, New Hampshire will be Stephanie Oulette, a Gold Star sister whose brother was killed in the line of duty while serving in Afghanistan.

Marine Cpl. Michael Ouellette of Manchester was killed after an improvised explosive device detonated underneath him while he was patrolling in Helmand province, Afghanistan, on March 22, 2009. Cpl. Ouellette continued to lead his squad by directing fire from his riflemen and calling in the ambush over the radio, despite his mortal wounds. Ouellette succumbed to his injuries as he was evacuated from the battlefield. His mother, Donna Ouellette, was awarded the Navy Cross posthumously in 2010.

ABC News’ Johnny Verhovek reported.

6:51 p.m. Trump Victory raises at least $25 million from 300 bundlers on Friday

President Donald Trump’s big-dollar fundraising vehicle Trump Victory raised at least $25 million on Friday after more than 300 allies of the president gathered at Mar-a-Lago for a donor “call day,” two sources familiar with the matter told ABC News.

Among the bundlers that made calls on Friday to raise money for the president are President Trump’s family members — Donald Trump Jr., Eric Trump and Lara Trump — as well as his current and former campaign officials — Kimberly Guilfoyle, David Bossie, Corey Lewandowski and RNC chair Ronna McDaniel.

ABC News’ Will Steakin and Soorin Kim reported

6:46 p.m. Buttigieg releases new fundraising numbers

The Buttigieg campaign updates their fundraising numbers, telling ABC News they’ve raised $4 million since Tuesday at 12:01am. $1 million was raised in the last 24 hours. The campaign says 33% of that is from 30,000 new donors. Because of this new influx of cash, the campaign says they’ll be launching paid digital ad programs in Nevada and South Carolina beginning tomorrow.

ABC News’ Justin Gomez reported.

6:45 p.m. The Democratic debate is about to get underway in just over an hour

The matchup, hosted by ABC News, WMUR-TV, and Apple News, comes only four days after the Iowa caucuses and less than a week before Granite State voters head to the polls on Tuesday — marking one of their last opportunities to pitch a decisive electorate on why they should be the nominee in July.

Here is the podium order for the qualifying candidates, from left to right as viewed by the audience:

Entrepreneur Andrew Yang Former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders Former Vice President Joe Biden Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar Businessman Tom Steyer

The Democratic Debate which airs from 8 p.m. (EST) to 11 p.m. (EST) will air live nationally on the ABC Television Network and locally on WMUR-TV.

ABC News will livestream the debate on ABC News Live featured on Apple News, Roku, Hulu, AppleTV, Amazon Fire TV, Xumo, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, and the ABC News site and mobile phone apps.

WMUR-TV will also livestream the debate on www.WMUR.com and WMUR’s mobile app.

ABC News’ Quinn Scanlan contributed to this report.

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