Good evening, and welcome to NPI’s live coverage of the tenth 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 South Carolina.
CBS is the media partner for this DNC-sanctioned debate, the last debate before the South Carolina Democratic primary and Super Tuesday contests.
You can tune in by watching any CBS affiliate or by watching the CBS livestream.
Candidates could either qualify for the debate by meeting a delegate threshold or meeting a polling threshold. To meet the delegate threshold, candidates need to win at least one pledged delegate to the Democratic National Convention from either the Iowa caucuses, the New Hampshire primary or the Nevada caucuses. To meet the polling threshold for the debate, candidates needed to meet the four-poll threshold or the early state polling threshold. For the four-poll threshold, candidates needed to receive 10% or more support in at least four national or single-state polls of South Carolina. To meet the early state polling threshold, candidates needed to receive 12% or more support in two single-state polls in South Carolina.
Tonight’s lineup of seven candidates is the second 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
- Billionaire Tom Steyer
Our live coverage begins below.