Democratic Candidates Debate in 7th Primary Debate

January 14, 2020 - 7:00 am

The presidential race is tighter than ever heading into the seventh Democratic primary debate.

On Tuesday night, six Democratic candidates will take the stage at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa for a debate hosted by CNN and the Des Moines Register, and hosted by CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer.

To qualify for the debate before the Jan. 10 cutoff, candidates were required to receive 5% in four DNC-approved polls or at least 7% in two early-state polls (in Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and/or Nevada). Qualifying candidates also had to raise money from 225,000 unique donors, with at least 1,000 unique donors in 20 states.

Notably absent will be six candidates who didn't qualify: entrepreneur Andrew Yang, Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet, former Maryland Rep. John Delaney, former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

Also not in attendance will be Cory Booker, who ended his presidential campaign on Monday.

Just ahead of the Iowa caucuses on Feb. 3 as well as primary season, the stakes are getting high. With the field dwindling, the race is becoming close. But a debate at this stage could easily change any candidates' standing.

Here are several things to expect, as well as where and when to watch and listen, as candidates make their case for the presidency.