Though it’s unclear what, if any, impact the Democratic primary debates have on the polls, one thing is certain now that four of them are in the books: the race is still wide open. Longtime frontrunner Joe Biden is slipping in the polls; Elizabeth Warren is cooling down after a red-hot end to the summer; Bernie Sanders is holding steady despite a health scare; and Pete Buttigieg is suddenly surging in Iowa. Meanwhile, fringe contenders like Kamala Harris, Andrew Yang, and Amy Klobuchar need to find a way to supercharge their campaigns before the new year. The next November 20th debate may be their next best chance.
To see where the candidates stand before they step behind a podium for the fifth time, check out Rolling Stone‘s 2020 Democratic Primary Leaderboard.
Here’s everything you need to know about the debates:
How to watch the debate
The debate will be Wednesday, November 20th at the Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta, Georgia. It will run from 9:00-11:00 p.m. ET and be broadcast live on MSNBC. It will be streamed live on MSNBC.com and homepage of the Washington Post, which is co-moderating the debate with MSNBC.
The debate will be moderated by four women: Rachel Maddow of The Rachel Maddow Show, Andrea Mitchell of Andrea Mitchell Reports, NBC News White House correspondent Kristen Welker, and Ashley Parker of the Washington Post.
Which candidates made the debate?
Ten candidates qualified for the November debate. To qualify, candidates were required to net at least 165,000 unique donors, and to either 1) earn at least 5-percent support in at least two recognized polls in Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada, and South Carolina, or 2) earn at least 3-percent support in at least four early-state or national polls. Only polls released between September 13th and November 13th counted toward qualification.
Below are the 10 candidates who satisfied both criteria and will appear on the debate stage on Wednesday:
Which candidates didn’t make the debate?
There are eight declared candidates who did not qualify for the fifth debate: Julián Castro, Steve Bullock, Michael Bennet, Deval Patrick, Marianne Williamson, John Delaney, Joe Sestak, and Wayne Messam.
What are the rules for the debate?
The fifth debate will be broken up into four segments separated by three commercial breaks. Candidates will have 75 seconds to respond to questions posed to them, and 45 seconds to issue rebuttals. Though candidates will not give opening statements, they will have 75 seconds to deliver closing arguments. MSNBC has said that it will give candidates balanced speaking time and asked a balanced number of questions.
Is the debate a good occasion to drink?
When is the next debate?
The sixth and final debate of 2019 will be held in December 19th in Los Angeles, California. To qualify, candidates are required to net at least 200,000 unique donors, and to either 1) earn at least 6-percent support in at least two recognized polls in Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada, and South Carolina, or 2) earn at least 4-percent support in at least four early-state or national polls.