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Democratic debate: What time, what channel, who has qualified to be on the stage in Las Vegas?

Published: Friday, February 14, 2020 @ 2:07 PM

Second February Democratic debate: What you need to know

Eight Democratic presidential candidates remain in the race for their party’s nomination, and as of Friday, five have qualified for the next Democratic debate.

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vermont; former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg; Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Massachusetts; former Vice President Joe Biden; and Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Minnesota, will be taking part in the debate next week.

Candidates have until Feb. 18 to qualify.

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To get to the debate stage, candidates have to meet one of two polling requirements: they must have two polls at 12 percent or more in Nevada and/or South Carolina or four polls at 10 percent or more in those states or in national surveys. The polling must have taken place between Jan. 15 and Feb. 18 to be considered.

Candidates can also qualify by earning at least one delegate in either the Iowa caucuses on Feb. 3 or the New Hampshire primary on Feb. 11.

A change in the rules by the Democratic National Committee could allow former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg to get in on the debate. The party ended the grassroots donor threshold requirement, which required candidates to receive donations from tens of thousands of supporters to be included in the debate. Bloomberg is self-funding his run for president.

Bloomberg would need one more state or national poll that puts him at more than 10% to participate in the debate.

Here’s what you need to know about the debate.

What time is the debate: The two-hour debate will begin at 9 p.m. ET Wednesday.

Where will it be heldThe Paris Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas will be hosting the debate.

How to watch: You can watch the debate on NBC and MSNBC.

Live updates: Come back here at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday for live updates from the debate.

Livestream: The debate will stream live on NBC News NOW on OTT devices, NBCNews.comMSNBC.com, the NBC News mobile appNBC News' and MSNBC's Facebook pages and online at The Nevada Independent. It will also air live in Spanish on Universo, as well as the Noticias Telemundo mobile app and website and Noticias Telemundo's Facebook page.

Who is moderating the debate: "NBC Nightly News" and "Dateline NBC" anchor Lester Holt; "Meet the Press" moderator and NBC News political director Chuck Todd; NBC News chief White House correspondent and host of "MSNBC Live" Hallie Jackson; Noticias Telemundo senior correspondent Vanessa Hauc; and Jon Ralston, of The Nevada Independent, are co-hosting the debate.

When are the next debates: The next will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 25. It will be hosted by CBS News and the Congressional Black Caucus Institute in partnership with Twitter. It will be held at the Gaillard Center in Charleston, South Carolina.