Good evening, and welcome to NPI’s live coverage of the ninth Democratic presidential debate of the 2020 cycle.
NPI staff are watching and sharing impressions of the debate as it progresses, which will take place over the course of several hours in Las Vegas, Nevada. NBC/MSNBC and Telemundo are the media partners for this DNC-sanctioned debate, the last debate before the February 22nd Nevada Democratic caucuses.
Here’s how you can tune in:
The debate will air live on NBC News and MSNBC. It will stream on NBC and MSNBC web and mobile platforms, and on The Nevada Independent’s website. It will air live in Spanish on Universo, as well as the Noticias Telemundo mobile app and website and Noticias Telemundo’s Facebook page, according to NBC.
And here’s the moderator lineup:
NBC’s Lester Holt, Chuck Todd, Hallie Jackson, Noticias Telemundo’s Vanessa Hauc and The Nevada Independent’s Jon Ralston will moderate the event.
Tonight’s lineup of six candidates is the first to feature Michael Bloomberg.
- Former Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Indiana
- U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders vof Vermont
- U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts
- Former Vice President Joe Biden
- U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota
- Billionaire (and former New York Mayor) Michael Bloomberg
The qualification thresholds for this debate were as follows:
To meet the Delegate Threshold for the Nevada Debate, candidates must have been allocated at least one pledged delegate to the Democratic National Convention (“National Convention Delegate”) from either:
- the state of Iowa, based on the results of the February 3rd, 2020 Iowa caucuses, as reported and calculated by the Iowa Democratic Party; or
- the state of New Hampshire, based on the results of the February 11, 2020 primary election, as calculated and reported by the Associated Press.
To meet the Polling Threshold for the Nevada Debate, candidates must meet either the “Four-Poll Threshold” or the “Early State Polling Threshold” as described below:
- Four-Poll Threshold. Receive 10% or more support in at least four polls (which may be national polls, or single-state polls of South Carolina, and/or Nevada) meeting the Qualifying Poll Criteria described below. To meet the Four-Poll Threshold, each one of a candidate’s four qualifying polls must be sponsored by different Qualifying Poll Sponsors, or if by the same Qualifying Poll Sponsor, must be in different geographical areas.
- Early State Polling Threshold. Receive 12% or more support in two single-state polls in South Carolina and/or Nevada that meet the Qualifying Poll Criteria described below. To meet the Early State Polling Threshold, any candidate’s two qualifying polls may be in the same or different geographical areas and from the same or different Qualifying Poll Sponsors.
Our live coverage begins below.