A Preview of Night 1 of the First Democratic Debates

The Democratic debates will take place this week in Miami. There will be two debates consisting of 20 candidates in total. The first debate will be on Wednesday night and will feature Elizabeth Warren, Beto O’Rourke, Cory Booker, Tulsi Gabbard, Julian Castro, John Delaney, Jay Inslee, Bill de Blasio, Amy Klobuchar, and Tim Ryan. Real Clear Politics makes a poll on their website that combines the average of several other polls for the Democratic nomination. Only one out of the five highest polling candidates in the Real Clear Politics poll will appear on Wednesday night.

The first debate will take place on Wednesday. The biggest candidate who will be on stage that day is Elizabeth Warren who is currently placed third in the Real Clear Politics poll behind Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders. Warren has recently been surging in the polls. If Warren performs well in her debate on Wednesday, then there a possibility that she will overtake Bernie Sanders as the second highest polling candidate. Since Warren is the only candidate polling in the top 5 that will be on stage on Wednesday night, it will be much easier for her to perform well.

Beto O’Rourke, who is the next biggest candidate on stage, has lost traction since announcing his campaign back in March. He will be looking to make his polling numbers high again. Cory Booker, whose campaign has also lost traction since he announced his run for president, will also have the chance to increase his polling numbers. The debate on Wednesday is also a good chance for Tulsi Gabbard to stand out with her anti-war rhetoric, which could possibly make her rise in the polls.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, who announced his campaign only a month ago, has gotten enough support over the last month to appear on the debate stage. Unfortunately for de Blasio, he is the lowest polling candidate in the Real Clear Politics poll that will appear on Wednesday night. This will not help him.

Julain Castro, John Delaney, Jay Inslee, Amy Klobuchar, and Tim Ryan are all polling below 1% in the Real Clear Politics poll. They will be hoping for a surprise breakthrough in polling after the debates.

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