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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)

Amy Klobuchar, Senator From Minnesota; Former Hennepin County, Minn., Attorney (59)

U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar listens as Democratic Leader Schumer speaks to the media on Capitol Hill in Washington

What She Said:

"It is time to organize, time to galvanize, time to take back our democracy."

The Rundown:

  • Became a hero to many Democrats for her stern, cool questioning of Brett M. Kavanaugh during his confirmation hearings.
  • Has called for Democrats to focus on reclaiming the swing states in the middle of the country.
  • Significant Issues: Has championed legislation to combat the opioid crisis and drug addiction, and to address the cost of prescription drugs.

Can she win the nomination? She received a lot of attention based on her exchanges during Justice Kavanaugh's hearings, but she doesn't seem to be getting the nomination any time soon.

Does He Deserve The Black Vote?

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

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