Five Democrats have qualified for the next presidential debate, set for Wednesday, Feb. 19, in Las Vegas, ahead of this weekend’s Nevada caucus.
Former Vice President Joe Biden; U.S. Sens. Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders and Amy Klobuchar; and former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg are in the debate, set for 9 p.m. from the Paris Hotel and Casino.
On Tuesday billionaire and former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg qualified for the debate.
Early voting began over the weekend Saturday for the Nevada Democratic Caucus, set for this Saturday, Feb. 22. Nevada Democrats have vowed not to repeat the debacle that was the Iowa caucus, Democrats’ first big political event of 2020 that turned into a circus of delays, glitches and fodder for President Donald Trump and Republicans.
The debate is being hosted by NBC News and MSNBC, in partnership with The Nevada Independent.
After Saturday’s caucus comes the Feb. 29 South Carolina primary, in which Biden is pinning his hopes after poor showings in Iowa and New Hampshire.
Then comes Super Tuesday on March 3, in which 14 states and American Samoa will cast their primary ballots.
Eight Democrats remain in the race. U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard and businessman Tom Steyer have not qualified for the debate.
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