Following the New Hampshire primary results on Tuesday night, we’ve seen three Democratic candidates decide to end their campaigns after a poor performance. Businessman Andrew Yang, perhaps, the most prominent of the three, decided that the math didn’t add up moving forward and therefore he decided to pull the plug. Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet also decided to call it quits, as did former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, a newcomer to the field who never made any real imprint. Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard has vowed to stay in the race moving forward. There was also a false rumor reported briefly on primary night that Tom Steyer was dropping out, though his campaign quickly rebuffed and corrected the reporting.
The Nevada Caucuses are set for Saturday, February 22, but there will be a debate before then and a series of CNN Town Hall events as well next week.
CNN Nevada Town Hall Schedule
The CNN Town Hall events will be sandwiched around the debate next week. Here’s the schedule for each candidate’s town hall appearance. We will gather the full video of each candidate after they air.
Tuesday, February 18 on CNN
- 8 pm ET – Bernie Sanders
- 9 pm ET – Pete Buttigieg
- 10 pm ET – Amy Klobuchar
Thursday, February 20 on CNN
- 8 pm ET – Joe Biden
- 9 pm ET – Elizabeth Warren
The town halls will air on CNN, CNN en Espanol, CNN International, CNN Airport Network, and stream on CNN.com, CNN OTT apps for AppleTV, Roku, Amazon Fire, Samsung SmartTV, and Android TV, and CNN Mobile apps for iOS and Android, CNN’s SiriusXM Channels, and the Westwood One Radio Network.
CNN has said they also invited Michael Bloomberg but his campaign has not responded to the invite at this time, though he could be added to the schedule before next week.
NBC/MSNBC Nevada Democratic Debate
Here are the details on the Nevada Democratic Debate which will be broadcast by MSNBC and NBC News on Wednesday, February 19.
NBC News/MSNBC Nevada Democratic Debate (9th Debate)
Date: Wednesday, February 19, 2020
Time: 9 pm ET (8 pm CT, 7 pm MT, 6 pm PT)
Watch On: MSNBC and NBC
Location: Paris Theater Las Vegas, Nevada
Sponsors: The Nevada Independent, NBC News
Moderators: Lester Holt, Chuck Todd, Hallie Jackson, Vanessa Hauc, and Jon Ralston
The rules have been changed for the Nevada debate with the donor requirements being lifted leaving only polling thresholds for candidates to meet. Here is the list of qualified candidates that would make the stage today.
New Debate Rule Changes
Unlike every prior debate, where candidates had to meet both polling and donor thresholds, the donor requirement has been dumped. For the Nevada debate, candidates can earn a podium spot in two ways.
Delegates – Candidates who earned enough support in Iowa or New Hampshire to win at least one delegate automatically qualify for the Nevada debate.
Polls – Any candidate who does not earn a delegate can still qualify through polling. Candidates must register at least 10 percent in four polls approved by the DNC between Jan. 15 and Feb. 18, or at least 12 percent in two early-state polls from the remaining states of South Carolina or Nevada.
It’s the polling option that might allow Michael Bloomberg to skate his way on to the stage in Las Vegas. Bloomberg has not been soliciting individual donations so he was kept off the stage for not meeting that requirement the past few debates. However, as his polling improves, Bloomberg is now just one poll away from qualifying for the Nevada debate.
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