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First debate among US Democrats: What you need to know

Twenty of the 23 candidates from the Democratic Party will gather together for two nights in Miami for the first debates of the 2020 presidential campaign.

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Miami, June 21.– The first debates of the Democratic primary season kick off next week, and 20 of the 23 Democratic presidential candidates will be divvied up between two nights.

The candidates will face off on June 26 and 27 at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Miami. The debates will air from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. EST on NBC, MSNBC and Telemundo. Moderators will be Lester Holt, Savannah Guthrie, Chuck Todd, Rachel Maddow and José Díaz-Balart.

The format of the debates will be the same on each night. Holt will appear in both hours. Guthrie and Diaz-Balart will join Holt for the first half. In the second half, Todd and Maddow will join as moderators.

Here's how the two groups of 10 candidates will line up over the two nights. Click on a candidate for a short bio of each:

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