Kamala Harris will take center stage July 31, barely a month after Harris jolted the sprawling field in the first debates and propelled herself to clear top tier status with an aggressive takedown of the 76-year-old Biden's long record on race.
[T] he random draw will be split into three parts to determine the lineups for each debate night.
However, they also made sure with their lottery that the candidate division would be more equitable, based on polling, across both nights. In announcing the ways to qualify, however, the DNC explicitly said the polling threshold would take primacy over the grassroots fundraising threshold.
The debates will also, for the first time, offer a match-up between Massachusetts Sen. Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio; former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper; former Rep. John Delaney, D-Md.; and author Marianne Williamson.
This time, Harris, the lone black woman in the field, will be joined by another top black candidate, New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro, Minnesota Sen. Booker, Yang, Castro, Buttigieg, Klobuchar and O'Rourke were in a middle tier.
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The only change to the pool of qualifying candidates is that Bullock, a candidate who was left out of the first Democratic debates in June, will now be on the stage, replacing California Rep. Eric Swalwell, who dropped out earlier this month.
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The entry qualifications for the third debate in September will roughly double and candidates will be required to make the cut in both polling and donors, not simply one category.
CNN also announced on Wednesday the randomization of their live drawing on Thursday at 8 p.m.
During each draw, cards with a candidate's name will be placed into a dedicated box, while a second box will hold cards printed with the date of each night. In a spectacle reminiscent of a Lotto drawing, three of the network's anchors pulled cards with the candidates' names from one box and then drew a second card indicating the debate night from another box.
The finalized lineup, officially resulting form a neutral drawing of straws, was announced by CNN on Thursday.
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The debates will be held in Detroit. Candidates will have to register at least 2% in at least four national or statewide polls recognized by the committee and get donations from at least 130,000 unique donors, along with 400 unique donors in 20 states.
But for Biden, it could be an opportunity to make a strong showing after a shaky first debate performance.