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MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow to moderate 2016 Democratic forum at Winthrop

MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow will moderate a Nov. 6 forum for Democratic presidential candidates at Winthrop University.

Democratic hopefuls Hillary Clinton, the former U.S. secretary of state and former U.S. senator from New York; Martin O’Malley, a former Maryland governor; and U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, the independent from Vermont, are expected to attend the event, set for the Winthrop Coliseum, according to the S.C. Democratic Party.

“This forum will allow candidates to share their visions for our country, speak to Southern-specific issues and concerns, and show that Democrats are focused on giving working and middle-class families an opportunity to succeed,” said S.C. party chairman Jaime Harrison.

All of the Democratic presidential candidates were invited to attend. If Vice President Joe Biden announces his candidacy before the forum, he also will be invited, the party said.

The S.C. Democratic Party, U.S. Rep. Jim Clyburn of Columbia, the Democratic National Committee’s Southern Regional Caucus and the parties in other Southern states will co-host the event.

“(W)ith Rachel Maddow leading the night, it’s guaranteed to be a lively and insightful conversation with each candidate,” said MSNBC president Phil Griffin.