Democratic Debate Line-Up Announced; One Front-Runner Gets Shafted

There are 23 candidates running for the Democratic presidential nominations, and 20 will face off over two nights of debates June 26-27 (three were eliminated because they didn’t poll at 1%).

Here’s the line-up:

Cory Booker, senator from New Jersey


Julián Castro, former housing secretary

Bill de Blasio, mayor of New York

John Delaney, former representative from Maryland

Tulsi Gabbard, representative from Hawaii

Jay Inslee, governor of Washington

Amy Klobuchar, senator from Minnesota

Beto O’Rourke, former representative from Texas

Tim Ryan, representative from Ohio

Elizabeth Warren, senator from Massachusetts

Michael Bennet, senator from Colorado

Joseph R. Biden Jr., former vice president

Pete Buttigieg, mayor of South Bend, Ind.

Kirsten Gillibrand, senator from New York

Kamala Harris, senator from California

John Hickenlooper, former governor of Colorado

Bernie Sanders, senator from Vermont

Eric Swalwell, representative from California

Marianne Williamson, self-help author

Andrew Yang, former tech executive

That means two of the top three candidates in the polls will face off on Night 2 — Biden and Sanders. Harris, too, will be there, as will Buttigieg, also in the top tier.

Warren, meanwhile, is stuck with the also-rans.

The latest Quinnipiac poll stacks up this way — Biden 30, Sanders 19, Warren 15, Buttigieg 8, Harris 7, O’Rourke 3, Booker 1, Klobuchar 1, Bennet 0, Yang 1, Gillibrand 0, Inslee 0, Castro 0. All the rest have zero, as well.

So Warren, at 15, will face off with a candidate at 3 and another at 1.

The debates will be moderated by the NBC anchors Lester Holt, Savannah Guthrie and Chuck Todd, the Telemundo anchor José Díaz-Balart, and the MSNBC host Rachel Maddow.


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