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DNC Will Assign Candidate Randomly Over 2 Nights Primary Debate

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A new rule adopted by the Democratic National Committee and NBC News will evenly divide top-tier candidates across two nights in the first Democratic presidential primary debates in June, a move to maintain viewer interest in both events by making sure well-known contenders are on stage both nights.

Democrats getting at least 2 percent support in the polling average will be randomly and evenly split between the two nights, which will each feature 10 candidates, according to the formula obtained by POLITICO. Candidates below that threshold will also be evenly and randomly divided between the two debate lineups.

The rule will not keep any two candidates from appearing onstage together. But it will prevent random chance from loading one night with polling leaders and the other night with less well-known presidential candidates. NBC News is the media partner for the first debates on June 26-27.

Eight candidates have a polling average at or above 2 percent right now: Joe Biden, Cory Booker, Pete Buttigieg, Kamala Harris, Amy Klobuchar, Beto O’Rourke, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren. With the newly announced rule, four would be guaranteed to appear on the first night, and four would be guaranteed to appear on the second night.

Biden and Sanders, currently occupying first and second place in most polls, will still have a close to 50-50 chance of appearing on the same night — about the same odds they would have under a purely random draw that does not break the field into two groups.

 

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https://www.politico.com/story/2019/05/24/democrats-undercard-june-1344368

 

 

So, what do y'all think? Good idea? Bad idea? 

Also, interesting to know Biden is coming close to Bernie. 

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Morphine Prince

Hope Sanders and Biden end up together so people can compare a visionary with moderate mediocrity. 

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PartySick
4 minutes ago, Morphine Prince said:

Hope Sanders and Biden end up together so people can compare a visionary with moderate mediocrity. 

Agree really. I also hope Warren gets a significant boost here.

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24 minutes ago, PartySick said:

Agree really. I also hope Warren gets a significant boost here.

Although as of now I am voting for Bernie, I do hope Warren ends up on the same stage too. She’d also show how awful Biden is as a candidate. 

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ItsTommyBitch

Although I think Biden Bernie and Warren deserve to be on the same night for the contrast, this is ultimately whats the fairest with a little lee-way for interesting discussion.

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mauvais

So you have 4 people who might win the nom debating against 6 politicians who can't poll above 2%? Soooo dumb. Half these people running just want a book deal. Let them have an undercard debate. 

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2 minutes ago, mauvais said:

So you have 4 people who might win the nom debating against 6 politicians who can't poll above 2%? Soooo dumb. Half these people running just want a book deal. Let them have an undercard debate. 

And there’s like 24? candidates total :rip: 

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Faysalaaa

I think they dont want Sanders up against the candidate they want to win so he doesnt look bad

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