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Everything You Need to Know About the March Democratic Primary Debate

It’s going to be Biden vs. Bernie in the 11th Democratic primary debate

Democratic presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders speaks at a rally inside the University of Houston Fertitta Center in Houston, Texas, USA, 23 February 2020.Bernie Sanders rally in Houston, Texas, USA - 23 Feb 2020

Bernie Sanders speaks at a rally inside the University of Houston Fertitta Center in Houston on February 23rd.

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Related: RS Politics 2020 Democratic Primary Leaderboard

Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders have canceled their campaign events in response to the coronavirus outbreak, but the 11th Democratic primary debate will take place as scheduled. Kind of.

Though the debate will air at 8 p.m. ET on Sunday, March 15th, the location has been moved from Phoenix, Arizona, to Washington, D.C. Biden and Sanders will hash it out without an audience in attendance, and the primary topic of discussion will inevitably be the coronavirus, and how each candidate believes the government should be handling the outbreak.

Though the timetable for the remainder of the primary is in flux, Biden holds an 890-736 delegate lead over Sanders, whose prospects to land the nomination are dwindling after dominating performances from Biden on Super Tuesday and the latest round of primaries last Tuesday. To see more about where the candidates stand before they step behind a podium for the 11th time, check out Rolling Stone‘s 2020 Democratic Primary Leaderboard.

Here’s everything else you need to know about the debates:

How to watch the debate

The debate will take place Sunday, March 15th, in Washington, D.C. It will begin at 8 p.m. ET and end at around 10 p.m. ET. The debate will be co-hosted by CNN and Univision, and broadcast live on both networks.

The debate will be moderated by Dana Bash and Jake Tapper of CNN, and Ilia Calderón of Univision. Univision’s Jorge Ramos was initially scheduled to co-moderate, but he dropped out, citing concern over the coronavirus. “It was a very difficult decision but it was the right one,” said Ramos, who is asymptomatic. “Especially in times like these. Too much is at stake.”

Which candidates made the debate?

This will be the first head-to-head debate of primary season. Though Tulsi Gabbard is still in the race, the Democratic National Committee is requiring participants to have received at least 20 percent of the delegates awarded. This means only Biden and Sanders will be onstage in Washington, D.C.

When is the next debate?

The DNC planned to hold 12 debates over the course of primary season, which means there should be one more debate after the 11th in Washington, D.C. It’s expected to take place at some point in April, although details have yet to be announced.

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