Democratic Town Hall: 5 Things to Watch For

Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and Martin O’Malley deliver closing arguments before Iowa caucuses

Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and Martin O’Malley will make their closing arguments to Iowa voters in a last-ditch town hall a week before the state caucauses begin.

The event, moderated by CNN’s Chris Cuomo, will be hosted by the Iowa Democratic Party and Drake University.

Here are 5 things to look out for:

1. Will Sanders go harder on Clinton?
The Vermont senator has made it his mission to avoid going negative, but now that the race is tightening in the early states of Iowa and New Hampshire, the attacks between the two front-runners are heating up. Expect both Sanders and Clinton to play up their cred on gun control, Wall Street and foreign policy.

2. Head vs. Heart
Clinton slammed Sanders last week for being a foreign policy novice with an unrealistic agenda, saying she is “not interested in ideas that sound good on paper but will never make it in the real world.”

Sanders, on the other hand, has tried to position himself as the anti-establishment, grassroots candidate, taking aim at the former secretary of state’s recent endorsements from Planned Parenthood and HRC.

3. Can Sanders build on his momentum?
Sanders has been surging in New Hampshire and Iowa, but Clinton has the advantage almost everywhere else. A good performance by the Vermont senator a week before voting begins could help him gain traction in South Carolina, where Clinton leads Sanders by 22 points, according to a recent CBS/ YouGov survey.

4. Clinton’s emails
Last week, the State Department asked a court to extend its deadline for releasing the last batch of Clinton’s emails by one month. But a Vice journalist filed a motion to block the government’s efforts to delay the release, warning the extension would cause “irrevocable harm.”

Will Clinton be able to convince voters it’s a non-issue?

5. Can Martin O’Malley jumpstart his flailing campaign?
The former Maryland governor has had a tough time breaking through, his campaign never reaching double digits this election cycle. O’Malley will have to convince voters he’s still relevant, but it won’t be easy.

The two-hour Democratic town hall airs Monday at 6 p.m. PT/9 p.m. ET on CNN.