20 Candidates to Participate in First 2020 Democratic Debate

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20 Candidates to Participate in First 2020 Democratic Debate
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20 Candidates to Participate in First 2020 Democratic Debate
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On June 26 and 27, the first Democratic debates will be held as a joint presentation between NBC News, MSNBC, and Telemundo. Airing from 9-11 PM Eastern Time, the two-night event will take place in Miami, Florida. The twenty candidates were randomly chosen to appear on either night.

In order to qualify for the event, candidates must have achieved at least one of two thresholds. The first option requires the candidate to be polling at a minimum of 1% in at least three authorized polls conducted at the national level or in the four states with the earliest primary and caucus voting dates. The other option mandates the candidate to have received at least 65,000 individual donors, with at least 200 of those donors per state in a minimum of 20 states.

It appears the first three Democratic debates will be split across two-nights. The second debate will be held by CNN and the third will be presented by ABC News and Univision. However, only the first two debates will be using the above method for determining the lineup of candidates. It appears the ABC debate will require a higher threshold for the candidates, likely to trim several from the stage.

The Wednesday night event will feature Cory Booker, Julian Castro, Bill de Blasio, John Delaney, Tulsi Gabbard, Jay Inslee, Amy Klobuchar, Beto O’Rourke, Tim Ryan, and Elizabeth Warren. The lineup for the second night includes Michael Bennet, Joe Biden, Pete Buttigieg, Kirsten Gillibrand, Kamala Harris, John Hickenlooper, Bernie Sanders, Eric Swalwell, Marianne Williamson, and Andrew Yang.

Candidates will be arranged on the stage for the first debate by their standing in the polls. The highest polling candidates will be presented in the middle of the stage. Some candidates have criticized this method, suggesting instead that candidates should be arranged by height to prevent taller candidates from towering over the shorter ones. The event will be moderated by Savannah Guthrie, Lester Holt, Chuck Todd, Rachel Maddow, and José Diaz-Balart.

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