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Jefferson-Jackson Dinner set to take place in Des Moines tonight

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DES MOINES (KWWL) -

A big night is in store in the Hawkeye State for the remaining 2016 Democratic Presidential hopefuls.

The famed Jefferson-Jackson Dinner will take place in Des Moines tonight at 7 p.m., with around 6,000 expected to be in attendance and thousands more to rally for the candidates around the downtown area of the capital beforehand.

Contention for the Democratic nomination has thinned to three competitors, with Hillary Clinton suddenly resurgent in Iowa.

A new Quinnipiac poll released yesterday has the former First Lady and Secretary of State opening up a double digit lead on Bernie Sanders, commanding a 51% support margin over 40% of the poll's support for the Vermont senator. September's Quinnipiac poll had Sanders leading Clinton in Iowa by one point.

Former Maryland governor Marty O'Malley is still hanging on in the Democratic background with 4% support in the new poll, while former hopefuls Jim Webb (former Virginia senator) and Lincoln Chaffey (former Rhode Island governor and senator) both suspended their campaigns earlier this week.

Each of the remaining Democratic three will hold illustrious campaign rallies ahead of tonight's dinner, perhaps headlined by Clinton's event along 5th Avenue in downtown Des Moines that will feature former president Bill Clinton and a performance by recording artist Katy Perry. 

Sanders, meanwhile, encourages supporters to rally in the parking lot of the Argonne Armory Building and then march with him towards the dinner at the Iowa Events Center. The marching tactic is similar to the one Barack Obama employed in his preparation for the J-J Dinner in 2007 -- noted by many to be a turning point in his battle with Hillary Clinton leading up to his eventual 2008 victory for the White House.

O'Malley will hold a meet-and-greet concert and plans to break out his guitar once again, as he's made a handful of public appearances in the last few weeks in which he sang and played his instrument. His rally will be held at the Plaza of Veterans Memorial Auditorium on 5th Avenue beginning at 3:30 p.m., while the events for Clinton and Sanders will both begin at 3 p.m. in Des Moines.

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