Here we go again, folks. The second Democratic presidential primary debate is coming up soon later this month with the first night airing on July 30 followed by the second night on July 31.

Second Democratic Debate
Airing On:
CNN
Date: July 30-31, 2019
Location: Fox Theatre in Detroit, Michigan
Moderators: Dana Bash, Don Lemon, and Jake Tapper

While NBC decided to hold a private “lottery” in mid-June to determine which night each candidate would appear during the first debate, CNN has decided to turn the candidate placement process into a primetime television special.

Live candidate draw

Just like the first debate, the next debate will be spread over 2 nights during primetime hours with 10 candidates appearing each night.

CNN has decided to hold a live “lottery” drawing to determine the lineup for each night which will air live on July 18 at 8 pm ET on CNN. According to CNN, more details will be released in the coming days.

Candidates must either register 1% support in three qualified polls or have 65,000 unique donors to their campaign, with a minimum of 200 different donors per state in at least 20 states to qualify for the second debate.

The deadline for meeting the qualifications is set for July 17, with the live drawing to happen on July 18.

Which candidates will qualify?

So far, here is the list of candidates that may qualify for the second debate. Candidates which meet both polling and fundraising thresholds are basically guaranteed a spot, while candidates that only meeting the polling threshold could be eliminated in a tie-breaking procedure since the debate is limited to 20 spots:

NumCandidatePollsFundraising
1Joe Biden
2Cory Booker
3Pete Buttigieg
4Julian Castro
5Tulsi Gabbard
6Kirsten Gillibrand
7Kamala Harris
8Jay Inslee
9Amy Klobuchar
10Beto O’Rourke
11Bernie Sanders
12Elizabeth Warren
13Marianne Williamson
14Andrew Yang
15Michael Bennet
16Steve Bullock
17Bill de Blasio
18John Delaney
19John Hickenlooper
20Tim Ryan
21Mike Gravel
22Seth Moulton
23Tom Steyer
24Joe Sestak

For the most part, there will be no change in the field of candidates who appear in the second debate. The one exception could be Rep. Eric Swalwell, who is in danger of being replaced on the debate stage by Montana Gov. Steve Bullock, according to FiveThirtyEight:

We’ve been closely following the race among the less-popular Democratic candidates to see who qualifies to make the stage for each debate, including looking at the Democratic National Committee’s tiebreaker rules. The latest: Steve Bullock has inched ahead of Eric Swalwell in the race to make the second round of presidential primary debates on July 30-31.

That would leave Swalwell off the stage and give the twentieth spot to Bullock instead.

Update: Swalwell suspended his campaign on July 9 which forfeits his spot to Bullock meaning at the moment there are only 20 qualified candidates.

Follow the 2020 Democratic Debate schedule for the latest information on the upcoming debates.

4 COMMENTS

  1. Will CNN provide a means for submitting suggested questions for the July debates?

    NBC created a dedicated web form for this for the June debates, and provided information on how to find the form when one called them by phone.

    • It’s likely that CNN will provide a way for submitted questions but that information hasn’t been released yet. Most likely there will be more information provided after the July 18 candidate drawing when the debate details are finalized.

  2. Not that this is a good thing when we should maybe instead be thinning out the heard but apparently Mike Gravel just reached the donor threshold to qualify for the 2nd round of debates.

    • This is interesting. One of the criteria to get on the debate stage is the NUMBER of donors a candidate has. The Mike Gravel campaign is asking other low-rated candidates to ask their donors to contribute to BOTH candidates, so Gravel will jump past the minimum. All the second-tier candidates could do this to raise their perceived power.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fTBACONwVDY

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