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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)

Beto O’Rourke, Former Congressman From Texas; 2018 Senate Candidate (46)

What He Said:

"This is going to be a positive campaign that seeks to bring out the very best from every single one of us, that seeks to unite a divided country."

The Rundown:

  • Became a celebrity of Democratic politics when he narrowly lost to Senator Ted Cruz in 2018.
  • Any success in 2020 would draw from this viral appeal, particularly to younger Democrats, and from the small-dollar fundraising army it has earned him.
  • Significant Issues: Has focused on immigration reform, marijuana legalization and rural hospital access.

Can he win the nomination? It is possible that he can be nominated. But, after his mediocre performance in the first debate and coming off amateur and easily unraveled in the debate, there is a chance that he won't have any more momentum than he has now.

Does He Deserve The Black Vote?

O'Rourke has 3 percent of black Democratic primary voters, according to the latest Morning Consult weekly tracking poll.

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