Six Democratic presidential candidates will take the stage tonight at the Paris Theater in Las Vegas, Nevada, making their case for their party's nomination as thousands of voters head to the state's caucuses on Saturday.
Tonight's debate comes after two states held their voting contests, pushing Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders and former Mayor Pete Buttigieg into the top two spots. The debate will also see the debut of former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg after he qualified for the debate by reaching 19% in a national poll that was released by the NPR/PBS NewsHouse/Marist Survey on Tuesday. The Democratic National Committee was crticized after it decided to drop a donor requirement for the Nevada debate, paving the way for Bloomberg to qualify. For the last debate, candidates had to reach a 225,000 donor minimum with 1,000 voters coming from at least 20 different states.
Wednesday night marks Bloomberg's first appearance at a debate since he jumped into the presidential race in late November. Bloomberg's campaign has elected to skip the first four contests, meaning voters won't see him on the ballot in Nevada or South Carolina.
How Can I Watch the Debate Tonight?
The debate, hosted by NBC News and MSNBC in partnership with the Nevada Independent newspaper, will begin at 9 p.m. ET and last for around two hours. You can watch a livestream of the debate on NBC News Now, NBCNews.com, MSNBC.com and the NBC News Mobile App. The Nevada Independent will also be streaming the debate.
Spanish viewers can watch it on cable channel Universo, the Noticias Telemundo mobile app, or by visiting the Noticias Telemundo Facebook page.
Here's Who Qualified For Tonight's Debate
- Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders
- Former New York City Mayor Micheal Bloomberg
- Former Vice President Joe Biden
- Former Mayor Pete Buttigieg
- Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren
- Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar
Both Rep. Tulsi Gabbard and billionaire Tom Steyer are both still running for president, however, they did not qualify for Wednesday night's debate. Candidates
Who is Moderating the Debate?
"NBC Nightly News" and "Dateline NBC" anchor Lester Holt will be joined by "Meet the Press" moderator, Chuck Todd, NBC News Chief White House Correspondent Hallie Jackson, Noticias Telemundo Senior Correspondent Vanessa Hauc and Jon Ralston of The Nevada Independent.
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