The Democratic presidential debates are finally here. After months of campaigning, 10 presidential hopefuls will take the stage 8 p.m. Central time Wednesday in Miami, followed by 10 more Thursday.
Several candidates were left without a berth on the lifeboat the debates provide. Montana Gov. Steve Bullock, Massachusetts Rep. Seth Moulton, Miramar, Florida Mayor Wayne Messam and former Alaska Sen. Mike Gravel. Their opponents who did make the debates will generate a wave of free media coverage.
Bullock will hold a televised town hall 4 p.m. Wednesday on WHO-TV.
Former Pennsylvania Rep. Joe Sestak became the latest candidate to enter the primary with an announcement Sunday, he joined the race after the qualification period for the first debates closed.
The lineup for the debate Wednesday is:
Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey
Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts
Former Rep. Beto O’Rourke of Texas
Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota
Former Rep. John Delaney of Maryland
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii
Former Housing and Urban Development Sec. Julián Castro of Texas
Rep. Tim Ryan of Ohio
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio of New York
Gov. Jay Inslee of Washington
Warren leads all of the other contenders on the stage with her by a wide margin in national polling, though she is either in second or third overall in various polls.
The lineup for the debate Thursday is:
Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont
Sen. Kamala Harris of California
Former Vice President Joe Biden of Delaware
South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg of Indiana
Sen. Michael Bennet of Colorado
Author Marianne Williamson of California
Rep. Eric Swalwell of California
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York
Businessman Andrew Yang of New York
Former. Gov. John Hickenlooper of Colorado
Biden leads all of the other contenders on the stage with him by a wide margin in national polling. Biden also leads all of the candidates on the stage Wednesday.
The Story County Democrats are hosting debate watch-parties Wednesday at Jeff’s Pizza and Thursday at the Nevada Public Library. The debates will be broadcast live each night on NBC, MSNBC and Telemundo.
Editor's Note: A previous version of this story incorrectly listed KCCI as the host of Bullock's town hall, rather than WHO-TV. The article has been updated to reflect the actual host. The Daily regrets this error.