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How All 20 Candidates Performed in the First 2 Debates

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    We have a crowded debate stage for the 20 candidates campaigning to be the Democratic nominee to run against Trump in the 2020 Presidential election. This forum will serve as a way for us to talk about how you think all the candidates did after the first two rounds of debates.

    Our first debate is in Miami, FL and broken up to happen on two different nights - June 26th and June 27th.

    On June 26th:

    Elizabeth Warren, Beto O'Rourke, Cory Booker, Julian Castro, Tusli Gabbard, Jay Inslee, Amy Kloubuchar, Bill de Blasio, John Delaney and Tim Ryan.

    On June 27th:

    Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, Pete Buttigieg, Kamala Harris, Kirsten Gillibrand, Micheal Bennet, Marienne Williamson, Eric Swalwell, Andrew Yang and John Hickenlooper.

    The second debate will happen in Detroit, MI and be broken up as well into two nights - July 30th and July 31st.

    Will post that roster when released. Some candidates might call a quits by then and the rosters are also decided based on polling results to try and even out the draw either night's viewing might receive.

    Feel free to post how you expect any of the four debates to go, who you are looking forward to the most, which topics you care most about, anything really.

    Biden and Sanders on the same stage should be very interesting and I think will greatly effect their polling numbers directly after. I'm hoping for a name not in the top 3 to emerge as a real challenger and impress. Someone like Tulsi Gabbard or Andrew Yang. Also very curious to see if Buttigieg or Harris can make waves.

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    I expect the polls to remain pretty much the same for the top 4 or 5 polling for the first round. I think the ones most effected by the June debates are the names most aren't familiar with - Yang, Klobuchar, Castro, Ryan, Gabbard, Delaney, Bennet.. really all of them oustide of maybe Bill de Blasio. Those people need to make themselves known, poll well, or just drop out.

    20 will turn into 5-10 quickly. I wonder if it'll happen before July debates. I don't think so though. Most campaigns should have enough funding and base support to outlast a month of unchanged polls. But shortly after July, yeah, it'll be 5-10 for sure.

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    I agree that the polls probably aren't going to change too much after the first debate unless one of the major candidates has a great (or terrible) night.

    The first debate does give the lesser known candidates a chance to be heard on the national stage, but I wonder if the sheer number of them will make it difficult for any of them to really have a breakout night and crack the top 5.

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    1st Democratic Debate (1/2)

    You can watch the full first debate there for the first 10 of 20 candidates. Also includes the full transcript which is handy.

    I thought the first debate was kind of a mess. Hard to follow with so many people on the stage. Should have saw that coming. Lesser candidates kind of ignored over giving higher polling ones the most air time.

    That said, I personally liked Tulsi Gabbard and Elizabeth Warren the best. And remain disappointed in Beto.

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    I wan't nearly as engaged during the first night of debates as I was the second. I haven't really been a fan of Kamala Harris to this point, but I have to say she was the strongest of the bunch. And I can honestly see her being one of the strongest candidates to take on Trump in the general. I expect her polling to rise in the coming days.

    Otherwise Pete Buttigieg did pretty well. As did Bernie. Though nothing really great from either of them. Biden seemed way off to me, anyone else get that feeling?

    Benet did well but I don't see him rising in the polls. I expect everyone else to fall off really quickly for the next debate. I really wanted to see Yang rise to the challenge but I feel like he did not and his campaign is unfortunately not going anywhere. Maybe next time...

    Can watch the full part 2 of debate 1 there. Who did you think 'won' either of the first two nights so far? I would say Kamala Harris and a 3 way tie for Warren/Gabbard/Castro in the first night.