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The 10th Democratic debate will take place Tuesday, February 25th, in Charleston, South Carolina, four days before the state holds its primary on Saturday, February 28th. The debate comes on the heels of the liveliest debate of the campaign season last week in Las Vegas, after which Bernie Sanders routed the competition in the Nevada caucuses. While the field trained their attacks on Mike Bloomberg last week, the focus is likely to shift to the front-running Sanders in Charleston, who won Nevada by more than a two-to-one margin and is now leading Joe Biden nationally by more than 12 percentage points, according to RealClearPolitics.
To see where the candidates stand before they step behind a podium for the 10th time, check out Rolling Stone‘s 2020 Democratic Primary Leaderboard.
Here’s everything else you need to know about the debates:
How to watch the debate
The debate will take place Tuesday, February 25th, in Charleston, South Carolina. It will begin at 8 p.m. ET and end at 10 p.m. ET. The debate will be co-hosted by CBS and Charleston’s Congressional Black Caucus Institute. It will be broadcast live on CBS and BET. It will be live-streamed at CBSN.
The debate will be moderated by Norah O’Donnell of CBS Evening News, Gayle King of CBS This Morning, Margaret Brennan of Face the Nation, CBS News Washington correspondent Major Garrett, and Bill Whitaker of 60 Minutes.
Which candidates made the debate?
Seven candidates qualified for the South Carolina debate. To qualify, candidates were required to either earn at least 10-percent support in at least four recognized polls national or South Carolina polls; or earn at least 12-percent support in at least two South Carolina polls. Candidates could also qualify if they received at least one national delegate in the Iowa caucuses, the New Hampshire primary, or the Nevada caucuses. Candidates were not required to meet a donor threshold to qualify for the South Carolina debate.
Below are the seven candidates who satisfied both criteria and will appear on the debate stage on Friday, ordered by their podium position, from left to right:
Which candidates didn’t make the debate?
Tulsi Gabbard is the only remaining declared candidate who did not qualify for the South Carolina debate.
When is the next debate?
The South Carolina debate will be the last showdown before Super Tuesday on March 3rd, when 14 states and one U.S territory will determine how their delegates will be allotted. The next debate will be held on March 15th in Phoenix.
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