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What You Need To Know About The Candidates Before The Democratic Debates, Night 2

Don't know who you're rooting for in tonight's debate? Here's a rundown.

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Tonight marks the second night of the July debates among Democratic candidates with last night's kicking off the second overall debates of familiar candidates like Bernie Sanders and Beto O' Rourke, as well as slightly less familiar candidates like Marianne Williamson. With candidates like Kamala Harris and Joe Biden leading the Democratic conversation, it's easy to forget that there are more people vying for the nomination alongside the 2020 Republican nominee.

To prep you for night 2, we've compiled a second list of Democratic candidates that features all of the candidates that will be debating tonight for your viewing pleasure. Similar to yesterday's list, here you will learn the names of the candidates, what they stand for, if they have a chance at the nomination, and ultimately whether or not they deserve your black vote*. Enjoy.

*Detailed explanations of "do they deserve your black vote" only goes towards candidates polling more than 5 percent from the Black Democratic Primary voter's poll.

July 31 Debate (Night 2)

Julian Castro, Former Housing Secretary; Former Mayor Of San Antonio (44)

What He Said:

"I'm running for president because it's time for new leadership. Because it's time for new energy."

The Rundown:

  • Once a rising political star, has struggled to find a role during the Trump administration.
  • Money could be an issue, especially if former Representative Beto O'Rourke, a small donor magnet, also mounts a bid.
  • Significant Issues: Has emphasized a platform of universal prekindergarten, "Medicare for all" and immigration reform.

Can he win the nomination? Four years ago, maybe. Today, probably not.

Does He Deserve Your Black Vote?

*Castro has 1 percent of black Democratic primary voters, according to the latest Morning Consult weekly tracking poll.

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