Progressive Democrats Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders will share the debate stage for the firsttime with establishment favorite Joe Biden Thursday night in a prime-time showdown displaying sharply opposing notions of electability in the party's presidential nomination fight.
Despite the miles traveled, the tens of millions of dollars raised and the ceaseless churn of policy papers, the Democratic primary has been remarkably static for months with Joe Biden leading in polls and Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders vying to be the progressive alternative.
Warren, who as a Harvard law professor once challenged then-Sen. For debate updates and analysis about the issues that matter to you, follow Spectrum News on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
Hosted by ABC News in partnership with Univision, each candidate will have 1 minute, 15 seconds to respond to questions from moderators George Stephanopoulos, David Muir, Linsey Davis and Jorge Ramos, and 45 seconds to respond to follow-up questions and rebuttals. "Getting two percent in a series of state and national polls, getting 130,000 donations, it is not easy", Klein said. Amy Klobuchar, Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Indiana, former Housing Secretary Julián Castro, former Texas Rep. Beto O'Rourke and entrepreneur Andrew Yang.
The overall order from left to right is Klobuchar, Booker, Buttigieg, Sanders, Biden, Warren, Harris, Yang, O'Rourke and Castro.
The debate promises to be dramatic since ABC News and Univision are only hosting the ten highest-polling candidates, unlike CNN and NBC who split their debates into 2 nights to accommodate the large field. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii and Tim Ryan of Ohio, Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet and former Maryland Rep. John Delaney did not qualify, and former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper dropped out to run for the Senate.
There will be opening statements from candidates, but no closing ones.
"This is a crucial month for her in fundraising and debates", one Harris adviser said. Live, from Houston, Texas, the event starts at 8 pm ET and will air on your local ABC station, with live streaming embedded below. NBCNews.com will live-blog throughout the night, offering live updates, fact checks and analysis. Still, Democratic strategists see Biden as a fragile front-runner, and he has to have solid outings in these coming debates that will likely get more attention than the first couple of rounds.
One more contender, billionaire activist Tom Steyer, managed to qualify last week for the October debate.
"I think for the candidates that have gotten this far, they've beaten out a whole lot of people and a whole lot of expectations to get there", said ABC News Political Director Rick Klein.
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