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February 18, 2020

Wednesday night six candidates will grace the stage for the Ninth Democratic Presidential Primary Debate in Las Vegas, Nevada, just three days ahead of the February 22nd Nevada presidential caucuses. 

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It is the ninth of 12 official Democratic primary debates scheduled over the 2020 presidential election, with terms set by the Democratic National Committee (DNC).

Tomorrow night will also mark the first appearance of former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who has surged to second place in national polling numbers released this morning.

Bloomberg, who is self-funding his campaign, was not eligible for past debates because of the grassroots fundraising requirement. The DNC lifted that qualification, however, for debates moving forward, shifting to a new polling threshold and at least one delegate from the Iowa or New Hampshire primaries.

A late entry to the race, Bloomberg has eschewed the first four primary contests, focusing instead on pouring funds into the March 3rd Super Tuesday primaries when fourteen states, one territory and Democrats Abroad will be holding their contests. Earlier this month he announced plans to double the $300 million he has already spent on television and digital ads.

Though inundated with ads, this will be the first time that the public will see him live, pitted against the other contenders on the stage. His performance could either kill or catapult his current trajectory.

Ninth Democratic Presidential Primary Debate
DateFebruary 19, 2020, Wednesday
Time6:00pm to 8:00 pm PT / 9:00pm to 11:00pm ET
Location
Las Vegas, Nevada. Paris Theater
Networks/HostNBC News, MSNBC and the Nevada Independent
ModeratorsNBC Nightly News and Dateline anchor Lester Holt, Meet the Press moderator Chuck Todd, NBC News Chief White House Correspondent Hallie Jackson, Noticias Telemundo Senior Correspondent Vanessa Hauc and Jon Ralston of The Nevada Independent
Live StreamingNBC News' digital properties, including NBC News NOW, NBCNews.com, MSNBC.com, NBC News Mobile App, and OTT apps. Available live in Spanish language on Universo, Noticias Telemundo mobile app, and the Noticias Telemundo properties on YouTube.
CandidatesJoe Biden, Michael Bloomberg, Pete Buttigieg, Amy Klobuchar, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren
Qualifications1) Meet a Delegate Threshold of having been allocated at least one pledged National Convention Delegate from the February 3, 2020 Iowa caucuses, or the February 11, 2020 New Hampshire primary.

or
2) Meet one of two Polling Thresholds
Four-Poll Threshold: Receive 10% or more support in at least four polls (which may be national polls, or single-state polls in South Carolina and/or Nevada) or
Early State Polling Threshold: Receive 12% or more support in two single-state polls in South Carolina and/or Nevada.
DeadlineQualifying polls must be released between January 15, 2020 and February 18, 2020

Click for Poll Details (Image: MSNBC)

Qualifying Poll SponsorsAssociated Press; ABC News/ Washington Post; CBS News/YouGov; CNN; Fox News; Monmouth University; National Public Radio; NBC News/Wall Street Journal; NBC News/Marist; New York Times; Nevada Independent/ Mellman Group; Quinnipiac University; University of New Hampshire; USAToday/Suffolk University; Winthrop University; Las Vegas Review-Journal/AARP.

Last week, the DNC released the qualifications for the February 25th debate in South Carolina, which will take place four days ahead of the Palmetto state's February 29th primary. It will be the last debate before Super Tuesday.

 Tenth Democratic Presidential Primary Debate
DateFebruary 25, 2020, Tuesday
Time8:00pm - 10:00pm ET
Location
Networks/Host
Live StreamingCBSN, CBS News' 24/7 streaming news service
CandidatesJoe Biden, Michael Bloomberg, Pete Buttigieg, Amy Klobuchar, Bernie Sanders, Tom Steyer and Elizabeth Warren
Qualifications1) Meet a Delegate Threshold of having been allocated at least one pledged National Convention Delegate from the February 3, 2020 Iowa caucuses, the February 11, 2020 New Hampshire primary or the February 22, 2020 Nevada Caucuses.

or
2) Meet one of two Polling Thresholds
Four-Poll Threshold: Receive 10% or more support in at least four polls (which may be national polls, or single-state polls in South Carolina) or
Early State Polling Threshold: Receive 12% or more support in two single-state polls in South Carolina.
DeadlineQualifying Polls must be released between February 4, 2020 and February 24, 2020.
Remaining Presidential Debate Calendar

March 15, 2020: Eleventh Democratic Primary Debate 
Location: Phoenix, Arizona. Hosts: CNN, Univision and CHC BOLD, the political arm of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus.
April, 2020: Twelfth Democratic Primary Debate (TBD)

Mike Bloomberg will make his debate debute Wednesday night (WSJ)

July 13-16, 2020:  Democratic National Convention in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
August 24-27, 2020: Republican National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina

September 29, 2020:  First Presidential Debate in Notre Dame, Indiana
October 7, 2020:  Vice Presidential Debate in Salt Lake City, Utah
October 15, 2020:  Second Presidential Debate in Ann Arbor, Michigan
October 22, 2020:  Third Presidential Debate in Nashville, Tennessee

November 3, 2020Election Day

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