Good evening, and welcome to NPI’s live coverage of the eleventh 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 Washington, D.C.
The media partners for tonight’s debate are CNN and Univision. CNN’s Dana Bash and Jake Tapper and Univision’s Ilia Calderón are moderating.
To make the March 15th debate stage, candidates needed to have been allocated at least 20% of the total number of pledged delegates allocated across all of the following contests: Alabama, American Samoa, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Democrats Abroad, Guam, Idaho, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, North Dakota, Northern Mariana Islands, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Vermont and Washington. The allocations need to have been made by by 9 AM ET on March 15th.
The total delegate allocation was determined by adding together all of the delegates allocated to candidates by CNN or the Associated Press, according to the Democratic National Committee.
The number of delegates needed to qualify for the debate was determined by multiplying the total delegate allocation by 0.20 and rounding the result to the nearest whole number.
The candidates’ delegate percentage was calculated by dividing the number of pledged delegates allocated to them by CNN or Associated Press by the total delegate allocation and rounding the result to the nearest whole number.
Tonight’s debate is the first 2020 Democratic debate to feature only two candidates: Vice President Joe Biden and Senator Bernie Sanders, the only candidates who have a credible path to the nomination. U.S. Representative Tulsi Gabbard, who claims to be a Democrat, did not qualify for the debate.
Our live coverage begins below.