Democratic debate: Top tier clash in one of the last primary matchups of 2019

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Democratic debate: Top tier clash in one of the last primary matchups of 2019
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Democratic debate: Top tier clash in one of the last primary matchups of 2019
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The fifth Democratic primary debate convened 10 candidates on stage Wednesday night in Georgia, a state trending more purple due in part to shifting demographics, as the splintered field struggles to confront the party’s mounting concerns over defeating President Donald Trump and more Democrats both formally and potentially join the fold.

The showdown, one of the last of 2019, comes less than a year before the general election and less than three months before the first primary votes are cast in Iowa, despite a contracting and then expanding field in recent weeks.

As the Democrats spar over kitchen table issues, the candidates continue to grapple with external forces intervening in the contest, ranging from a reordered horse race to the gravitational pull of impeachment hearings in Washington.

In the month since the Ohio debate in October, the Hawkeye state’s caucusgoers appear to have crowned a new front-runner, former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick became the newest entrant in the race, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg looms over the field with a likely bid, former President Barack Obama — in a rare foray into the primary — warned against an aggressive push to the left and the House Democrats’ impeachment inquiry has shifted from closed-door meetings to public hearings.

For the first time, the roster of this debate, which is co-hosted by MSNBC and the Washington Post and will be held at Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta — another sign of a diversifying electorate in a once-reliably red state — doesn’t feature former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke, who dropped out of the race, and former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro, who failed to qualify.

You can read the rest of Kendall Karson’s article at ABCnews.com

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