Jul 10, 2019

ABC to host 3rd Democratic primary debate in Houston

Democratic presidential candidates Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders and Kamala Harris at the Florida debate. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

ABC will host the 3rd Democratic primary debate in partnership with Univision in September in Houston, Texas, the Democratic National Committee announced Tuesday.

Details: Up to 20 Democratic presidential candidates could take part in debates on Sept. 12 and 13, although second night may not occur, depending on how many candidates qualify, per Politico.

Go deeper: Where the announced candidates stand on the issues, in under 500 words.

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The 2020 candidates who have qualified for the next Democratic debate

Cory Booker, Kamala Harris, Pete Buttigieg and Elizabeth Warren. Photos: Scott Olson/Getty Images, Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images, and Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images

The fourth round of Democratic debates will be held on Oct. 15 in Westerville, Ohio, with 12 candidates onstage, making it the biggest single-night debate to date. 

How it works: This debate had the same requirements as September's. Qualifying candidates must have reached 2% in 4 DNC-approved polls and drawn 130,000 unique donors — including 400 donors in 20 different states. Oct. 1 was the final day to make the cut.

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2020 candidates pouring cash into targeting the Rust Belt on Facebook

Data: Bully Pulpit Interactive 2020 Campaign Tracker; Note: Data from March 30 to July 27; Chart: Lazaro Gamio/Axios

2020 candidates are pouring more into ads targeting Rust Belt states than some of the other early primary states, according to Facebook data pulled from Bully Pulpit Interactive.

Be smart: The data also shows most campaigns have a 50-state targeting strategy online. This is likely a reflection of candidates' push to develop broad-based support in order to hit the requirements necessary to qualify for the next round of Democratic primary debates in September.

Go deeperArrowAug 6, 2019