Second evening of Democratic debate attracts larger audience

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Second evening of Democratic debate attracts larger audience
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Second evening of Democratic debate attracts larger audience
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Another 10 Democratic candidates shared the stage last night for the final evening of the first 2020 Democratic debate. Both nights of the event were presented by NBC News, MSNBC, and Telemundo. Early estimates predict that nearly 17 million people or more tuned in to last night’s debate, making it the most watched Democratic primary debate in US history.

Last night’s debate featured four of the five leading candidates in the race. Candidates were chosen at random to appear on either night, which resulted in Elizabeth Warren polling at nearly 4 times higher than anyone sharing her stage on the first night of the debate.

Biden is currently leading the pack by a significant margin. According to the Real Clear Politics average, Biden is hovering at around 32 percent. Bernie Sanders, his closest rival, is polling at about 17 percent. Elizabeth Warren, often aligned with Sanders politically, is polling at around 13 percent.

Biden, Sanders, and Warren make up the first tier of candidates in the Democratic race. Kamala Harris and Pete Buttigieg form the second tier, each polling at about 7 percent. Cory Booker and Beto O’Rourke round out the third tier, recently polling at around 2 or 3 percent.

Andrew Yang leads the remaining 13 candidates in polling. Yang is polling at around 1.3 percent, more than double most of the other candidates. Eric Swalwell and Marianne Williamson’s poll numbers are essentially nonexistent, leading many to strongly criticize NBC for their qualification process.

Unsurprisingly, Biden received the most amount of airtime with over 13 minutes. He was followed by Harris, Sanders, and Buttigieg, all of whom received at least 10 minutes of airtime. Yang received the smallest amount, with just 3 minutes of airtime, even though he was the eighth-highest polling candidate participating in the two-night event.

President Trump took to Twitter earlier today to criticize the Democratic candidates for their support of providing healthcare to illegal immigrants, a topic addressed by Democrats during the debate. The president went on to insult the two Democratic front-runners, calling Biden “lazy” and Bernie “crazy.”

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