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What You Need To Know About The Candidates Before The Democratic Debates, Night 1

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

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The lineups for the second Democratic debate have been announced, and though it looks like it'll be another battle between top contenders Kamala Harris and Joe Biden, and Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, many voters are still confused about who the other people on the stage are. And despite Harris, Biden, Sanders, and Warren gaining traction from their first debates, and previous campaigns, many still don't know exactly what the Democratic candidates stand for.

That is until now.

For tonight's debate (July 30), we have broken down the names of the Democratic candidates, what they stand for, if they have a chance at the nomination, and if they deserve the black vote*. Bookmark this so that you'll have all of their stances written out and at your disposal. From there, you can either join the millions of Americans cheering at your TV if the candidates reaffirm your political beliefs or jeer when they change their stances for the sake of the question. 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 30 Debate (Night 1)

John Hickenlooper, Former Governor Of Colorado; Former Mayor Of Denver (67)

What He Said:

"I've proven again and again I can bring people together to produce the progressive change Washington has failed to deliver."

The Rundown:

  • A political moderate with a record of success in a purple state.
  • Will probably cast himself as someone who can attract support from a broad coalition, though some of his victories entailed cutting deals with the Republican business establishment.
  • Significant Issues: Has stressed his record of consensus-building around issues like expanding Medicaid, gay rights and gun control.

Can he win the nomination? No. Hickenlooper fired his top staffers after his performance in the first debate, is reportedly broke, and isn't polling well.

Does He Deserve The Black Vote?

Hickenlooper has 0 percent of Black Democratic primary voters, according to the latest Morning Consult weekly tracking poll.

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