The fifth Democratic primary debate airs tonight Wednesday, November 20 at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT, coming live from Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta, Georgia. This debate is hosted by The Washington Post and MSNBC.
10 Democratic candidates have qualified to participate in this debate, two fewer than for October's fourth debate at Otterbein University in Ohio:
Former Vice President Joe Biden Sen. Cory Booker New Jersey Mayor Pete Buttigieg South Bend, Indiana Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Hawaii Sen. Kamala Harris California Sen. Amy Klobuchar Minnesota Sen. Bernie Sanders Vermont Billionaire Tom Steyer Sen. Elizabeth Warren Massachusetts Entrepreneur Andrew Yang
Biden and Warren will be taking center stage, flanked by Buttigieg and Sanders.
To be invited to this debate, candidates needed to receive at least 3% in four separate Democratic National Committee DNC approved polls—or 5% in two DNC approved polls from the four earliest primary and caucus states, Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, and Nevada—and contributions from at least 165,000 unique donors including at least 600 donors from 20 different states.
Former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro only met the donor requirement, while six other candidates didn’t meet either requirement. Former Rep. Beto O’Rourke Texas, who was present at the previous debate, has since dropped out of the race.
This debate will be moderated by an all-women panel of journalists, including:
MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow MSNBC anchor Andrea Mitchell NBC News White House correspondent Kristen Welker Washington Post White House reporter Ashley Parker
Where and How to Watch
There are a number of opportunities to watch the Democratic debate. On cable, it will air exclusively on MSNBC.
The debate will stream for free on both the MSNBC.com and WashingtonPost.com homepages. The debate will also be available across mobile devices via the NBC News and Washington Post apps. NBCNews.com will be liveblogging the debate throughout the night, offering fact checks and analysis.
You can also listen to the debate on SiriusXM Channel 118 and TuneIn.
After tonight’s debate, the next time the candidates will face off against each other is at UCLA on Dec. 19. As of this week, six candidates have qualified: Biden, Buttigieg, Harris, Klobuchar, Sanders and Warren.
A room for press covering the debate and the cable network's 'spin room' will also be eliminated from the network's March 15 debate to protect 'the safety of our employees and community members.'
CNN has become the latest organization to reorganize its events amid fears over the spread of coronavirus.
On the heels of the announcement that Coachella and Stagecoach were being postponed due to the disease, the news cable network said on Tuesday that it was removing a live audience from its upcoming March 15 Democratic debate in Phoenix.
"CNN's top priority is the safety of our employees and community members. This extends to guests planning to attend or cover our debate on March 15. At the request of the campaigns and out of an abundance of caution, we have made the decision to eliminate the live audience, the press filing center and the spin room in Phoenix," the network said in a statement. "We encourage you to tune in to the debate at 8 pm ET."
In her own statement about the decision, Democratic National Committee communications director Xochitl Hinojosa said, "DNC has been in regular communication with local health officials and themayor's office, which advised that we could proceed as planned. Nevertheless, our number one priority has and will continue to be the safety of our staff, campaigns, Arizonans and all those involved in the debate. We will continue to remain in daily contact with all stakeholders through Sunday."
Arizona's primary is scheduled for March 17.
CNN's decision follows recent safety measures taken by the campaigns for the Democratic nomination, led by Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and former Vice President Joe Biden. Earlier on Tuesday, Biden and Sanders both canceled rallies in Ohio, whose primary is also March 17, over concerns about the spread of coronavirus. The Massachusetts Democratic Party also temporarily suspended caucuses in light of the virus' expansion on the East Coast.
Other television programs have removed live audiences in recent weeks: Jeopardy!, Wheel of Fortune and The Wendy Williams Show have all started taping without an audience.