The Democratic debates will take place this week in Miami. There will be two debates consisting of 20 candidates in total. The second debate will be on Thursday night and will feature Micheal Bennet, Joe Biden, Pete Buttigieg, Kristen Gillibrand, John Hickenlooper, Bernie Sanders, Eric Swalwell, Marianne Williamson, and Andrew Yang. Real Clear Politics makes a poll on their website that combines the average of several polls. Four out of the five highest polling candidates on the Real Clear Politics poll will appear on Thursday.
This debate night will be more intense, because most of the front-runners are present. It might be troubling for the minor candidates if the major candidates are given more time, but they may still be able to gain attention by using their time wisely. Joe Biden, who is the biggest establishment Democrat on stage, will be debating alongside Bernie Sanders, who is the biggest progressive on stage. Biden, who announced his campaign back in April, is the highest polling candidate and has been for a while. Unfortunately for Biden, his polling numbers have been declining since his numbers hit a peak in early May. His decline seems to have slowed down in recent weeks, however. Biden is more centrist than most of the Democrats that will be on stage on Thursday, which makes him vulnerable to attack from many of the other participants.
Meanwhile, Bernie Sanders’ numbers have also been falling from his peak in early March. Sanders is arguably the most progressive candidate that will be on stage on Thursday, which he can use to his advantage. Having prior experience in debating in the Democratic primaries will help both Sanders and Biden.
Kamala Harris, who is the next highest polling candidate in the Real Clear Politics poll, has the potential to rise significantly in popularity. She will be helped by her experience in the justice system, having been attorney general for six years.
Pete Buttigieg, who made a surprise breakthrough in the polls starting in early March, will be the next biggest candidate on stage.
Andrew Yang will capitalize on his main policy: the Freedom Dividend. This will make him stand out from the rest of the candidates and could lead to a surge in the polls for him. Many people are expecting Yang to do very well in the debate.
Kirsten Gillibrand, Micheal Bennet, John Hickenlooper, Eric Swallwell, and Mariane Williamson are candidates who are polling below 1% in the Real Clear Politics poll. They are the more minor candidates in the debate and will have to compete against the larger ones.