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6 Democrats Are Set To Debate In Nevada. Here's What You Need To Know

Amy Klobuchar and Michael Bloomberg join these four candidates — Pete Buttigieg (left), Elizabeth Warren, Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders — onstage Wednesday night.
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Amy Klobuchar and Michael Bloomberg join these four candidates — Pete Buttigieg (left), Elizabeth Warren, Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders — onstage Wednesday night.

Three days before the Nevada caucuses, six Democratic candidates will face off in a debate Wednesday night in Las Vegas.

The televised debate comes on the heels of a new NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist Poll that shows Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders leading nationally, with 31% support among Democratic-leaning voters.

Trailing Sanders in second in the survey is billionaire and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, with 19% backing.

The result pushed Bloomberg over the Democratic National Committee's polling threshold, qualifying him for Wednesday's debate.

Here's what you need to know about the debate:

Which candidates will be there?

As the field continues to shrink, Wednesday's debate will feature six of the eight major candidates still in the race.


How do I watch the debate?

The debate will begin at 9 p.m. ET and is expected to last two hours. It is being hosted by NBC News, MSNBC and the Nevada Independent, and it will take place at the Paris Theater in Las Vegas.

The debate will be broadcast live on NBC News, MSNBC and Universo (in Spanish).

It will also be available via livestream on the websites of NBC News, MSNBC, Telemundo and the Nevada Independent.

And NBC, MSNBC and Telemundo will carry the debate through their mobile apps and Facebook pages. The debate will also be available on NBC News NOW through TV streaming services.

Who is moderating?

Three journalists from NBC News will moderate — Lester Holt, anchor of NBC Nightly News and Dateline; Chuck Todd, moderator of Meet the Press; and Hallie Jackson, chief White House correspondent — along with Telemundo correspondent Vanessa Hauc and the Nevada Independent's Jon Ralston.

Get caught up: What has happened since the last debate?

  • After winning the New Hampshire primary, Sanders leads nationally, according to new NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist polling.
  • Though he's not on the Nevada ballot, Bloomberg qualified for the Nevada debate.
  • Nevadans already started voting. Catch up on how early voting, which ended Tuesday, went.
  • In the aftermath of the tumultuous Iowa caucuses, here's how Nevada Democrats plan to handle their caucuses.
  • Following disappointing finishes in New Hampshire, Andrew Yang, Michael Bennet and Deval Patrick suspended their presidential campaigns.
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    Elena Moore is a production assistant for the NPR Politics Podcast. She also fills in as a reporter for the NewsDesk. Moore previously worked as a production assistant for Morning Edition. During the 2020 presidential campaign, she worked for the Washington Desk as an editorial assistant, doing both research and reporting. Before coming to NPR, Moore worked at NBC News. She is a graduate of The George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and is originally and proudly from Brooklyn, N.Y.