The NYC Democratic mayoral primary debate airs live on NY1 tonight

The debate kicks off at 7pm tonight, and will feature all seven Democratic hopefuls vying for the mayor's spot this fall.

The epic battle for Gracie Mansion rages on tonight, as the Democratic mayoral candidates head to midtown's Town Hall for their third televised debate. As ever, the increasingly visible cast of characters will take the stage—Bill de Blasio, Christine Quinn, Bill Thompson, Anthony Weiner and John Liu, along with Sal Albanese and Erick Salgado—and the whole shebang will air on NY1 and stream live on the network's website.

With the September 10 primary only three weeks away, tensions among the candidates are starting to run higher. De Blasio's seen a surge in the polls lately, and a recent Quinnipiac poll put him ahead of previous front-runner Quinn.

As to whether or not this debate will get as feisty as, say, last week's comptroller debate between hopefuls Scott Stringer and Eliot Spitzer…well, that still remains to be seen. And if you want to play along at home, WNYC's made up a nice bingo board for viewers and listeners, with buzzwords to watch out for, including Bloomberg, soda ban and Sydney Leathers.

The fun kicks off tonight at 7pm and runs until 8:30pm; NY1's Errol Louis will moderate, and panelists include Grace Rauh (also NY1), Juan Manuel Benitez (NY1 Noticias), Brian Lehrer (WNYC) and David Chen (The New York Times). You can catch the whole thing on and

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