The date of the first Democratic primary debate of the 2020 cycle has been announced. The event will take place over two days – June 26 and 27 – from the city of Miami, Florida. As previously described by the DNC, the two-night event will feature up to 10 candidates on each night, randomly chosen from the qualifying field, to appear in a primetime broadcast.

The debate will also be live-streamed by all NBC News platforms for wider distribution.

NBC News Democratic Debate

Where: Miami, Florida
Night 1:
Wednesday, June 26, 2019
Night 2: Thursday, June 27, 2019

The specific venue in Miami has not been announced, nor have we been treated to a list of moderators or specific broadcast time.

The debate is being hosted by NBC News and Telemundo, which bring us the scoop with some further details:

The first Democratic debate of the 2020 presidential primary will be held on June 26 and 27 in Miami, NBC News, the host of the debate, announced on Thursday.

MSNBC and Telemundo will also host. Details on the venue, moderators and timing will be announced at a later date, NBC News said in a release.

The debate will also stream online free on NBC News’ digital platforms, including,, the NBC News Mobile App and OTT apps, in addition to Telemundo’s digital platforms.

At the moment, there are 15 major declared candidates on the Democratic side with up to 20 available debate slots. Reports out today indicate that former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is also considering entering the race next month, which would bring the count up to 16.

Having 8 candidates on stage each night would be more manageable than 10, but the numbers are still big for any candidate hoping to get more than a few minutes of talk time.

The second round of debates, set for sometime in July, and hosted by CNN, have not yet been announced.

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