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How to Watch Tonight’s Democratic Debate in South Carolina

We did it, folks. We’ve made it to the 10th Democratic debate of the 2020 campaign. The big 1-0, what a journey. And our reward for getting this far is two more hours of well-rehearsed talking points about policy, occasional crowd-pleasing zingers, and—if the last debate is anything to go by—almost zealous dunking on a…

We did it, folks. We’ve made it to the 10th Democratic debate of the 2020 campaign. The big 1-0, what a journey. And our reward for getting this far is two more hours of well-rehearsed talking points about policy, occasional crowd-pleasing zingers, and—if the last debate is anything to go by—almost zealous dunking on a certain billionaire. (Spoiler alert: probably not Tom Steyer.) But I digress.

Tonight’s debate takes place in Charleston, South Carolina, a few days before the state’s primary on Saturday. It’s also the last time candidates take the debate stage before Super Tuesday on March 3, when voters in 14 states and one territory head to the polls. CBS News is hosting the event along with the Congressional Black Caucus Institute, and the festivities are scheduled to kick off at 8 pm Eastern time (5 pm Pacific).

Who’s Debating Whom

Similar to last week’s debate in Nevada, candidates could qualify for tonight’s event by meeting either a delegate threshold—that is, by getting at least one delegate from any of the states to vote so far—or by reaching polling thresholds released by the Democratic National Committee earlier this month.

On Tuesday morning, the DNC and CBS News announced that seven candidates qualified for the South Carolina debate. They are, in alphabetical order:

  • Joe Biden, former vice president
  • Mike Bloomberg, former mayor of New York
  • Pete Buttigieg, former mayor of South Bend, Indiana
  • Amy Klobuchar, US senator from Minnesota
  • Bernie Sanders, US senator from Vermont
  • Tom Steyer, billionaire investor
  • Elizabeth Warren, US senator from Massachusetts

The last remaining candidate in the primary race, Representative Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii, did not qualify.

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