Of the 25 candidates, only 20 meet the criteria for entering the national debate.
Due to the unusually large number of candidates from the Democratic Party, the first round of debates is divided into two parts — the first ten candidates debate today, the second ten — tomorrow, June 27. The draw was held through a lottery.
To get to the first debate, candidates had to meet the following criteria: have at least 65,000 individual donors, including 200 donors in at least 20 states, and gain at least 1 percent of the votes in three recognized polls.
National poll leaders, former Vice President Joe Biden, and Senator Bernie Sanders are debating tomorrow, and Senator Elizabeth Warren will be speaking at the debate today — she is the third in national polls with a rating of 12.5 percent of the vote (Joe Biden — 32 percent). However, yesterday’s fresh survey put Elizabeth Warren at the top of the ranking with 38 percent of votes in the States with the first primaries, including California.
Of the most interesting candidates today is also former Texas Congressman Beto O’Rourke, sometimes referred to as white Obama — in the mid-term election in November O’Rourke lost with minimal margin to Republican Ted Cruz in the Senate election. Also today, the debate will be made by the mayor of New York Bill De Blasio, who is also running for President.
The debate will take place in Miami, and they will moderate the leading channel NBC, including the main star Rachel Maddow.