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Politics 1st Democratic debate after Super Tuesday slated for Phoenix

22:10  14 february  2020
22:10  14 february  2020 Source:   msn.com

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PHOENIX — Democratic presidential hopefuls will debate in Phoenix next month in their first meeting after the crucial Super Tuesday primaries that typically narrow the field of candidates, the Democratic National Committee announced Friday.

From left, Democratic presidential candidates entrepreneur Andrew Yang, former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., and businessman Tom Steyer participate Friday, Feb. 7, 2020,in a Democratic presidential primary debate hosted by ABC News, Apple News, and WMUR-TV at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, N.H. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)© Provided by Associated Press From left, Democratic presidential candidates entrepreneur Andrew Yang, former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., and businessman Tom Steyer participate Friday, Feb. 7, 2020,in a Democratic presidential primary debate hosted by ABC News, Apple News, and WMUR-TV at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, N.H. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

The Democrats' 11th debate of the 2020 election cycle will be broadcast on CNN and Univision on March 15.

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  DNC unveils qualifications for last Democratic debate ahead of SC primary The Democratic National Committee unveiled on Saturday the qualifying criteria for the South Carolina Democratic debate ahead of Super Tuesday.Much like the first three debates of 2020, the candidates have two pathways for securing a spot on the debate stage on Feb. 25, either by reaching the delegate threshold or scoring enough support through the polling criteria.

The debate comes two days before Arizona's March 17 primary, but many voters will likely have already cast their ballots in a state that votes overwhelmingly by mail.

The debate is being hosted in partnership with Bold PAC, the political arm of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus.

Party Chairman Tom Perez has not yet decided the qualification thresholds for the March debate. The chairman drew fire in recent weeks for declaring that spots on the Feb. 19 debate stage in Las Vegas could be secured without meeting any minimum number of donors.

Removing that provision that had been in place for earlier debates opens the door to billionaire former New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg to participate if he hits the polling minimums.

For the first time, Arizona is expected to be a crucial battleground in the November election. Historically a Republican stronghold, Arizona has moved toward the middle in recent years. The state is home to a growing young Latino population and many white, college-educated, suburban women — groups that President Donald Trump has struggled to solidify.

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