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Campaign Trail Recap: Debate Anticipation, Latinos for Trump Coalition

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MIAMI, Fla. (WBBOC/CBS)- For many American voters, Wednesday night sparks the beginning of a long 2020 presidential race.

Wednesday night will see the first of the two-night debate for the first Democratic debate for the 2020 race. 20 out of 24 candidates qualified for the event; with 10 taking the stage each night in Miami.

Although picked at random, the nights are a bit lopsided. Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren is the only candidate night one that ranks in the top five for polling; New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker just makes the top 6.

To even qualify for the debate, candidates had to reach at least 1% in three separate polls or by receiving donations from at least 65,000 different donors and a minimum of 200 individual donors in at least 20 states. Four candidates did not meet those standards; including Governor Steve Bullock of Montana, Massachusetts Rep. Seth Moulton, Mayor Wayne Messam of Miramir, Florida and new contender former Pennsylvania Rep. Joe Sestak.

The more the contenders, the less time each person will have to talk and make their points stand out. University of Miami Associate Professor of Political Science, Joseph Uschinski, said, "A lot of voters don't know who all the candidates are... and it's gonna be a little bit of I want to get to know you, a little bit of getting name recognition, a little bit of making a sound bite."

Because of her ranking, Warren has a chance to stand out from the crowded stage. Democratic pollster and strategist, Brad Bannon said Warren will have "the chance to dominate."

Although various topics will be at the forefront, one common theme is expected to emerge. Uschinski says the contenders are going to talk about President Trump and his administration. Uschinski said the candidates will, "try to make a case that they're the one who should go out there and battle Trump in the next year and a half."

While excitement is brewing for Democrats, supporters of President Trump emphasized their disdain of the democratic candidates at a rally hosted by Vice President Mike Pence in Miami Tuesday night for the launch of Latinos for Trump Coalition. Vice President Pence said,"Democrats are going to gather here in Miami tomorrow night to begin to make their case to the American people." This resulted in a rounds of boo's echoing from the crowd. 

The Vice President discussed Democrat top talkers like the Green New Deal and Medicare For All. Pence said, "The American people know better."

Wednesday and Thursday night's debate are hosted by NBC News. It can be found on Telemundo Delmarva and WBOC's sister station WRDE starting at 9.

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