Five Democratic candidates will debate in Las Vegas on Wednesday

The Democratic Party will hold its ninth presidential primary debate on Feb. 19 in Las Vegas, Nevada, three days before the state’s presidential caucuses take place.

Five candidates have already qualified for the debate: former Vice President Joe Biden, former Mayor Pete Buttigieg, and Sens. Amy Klobuchar, Bernie Sanders, and Elizabeth Warren. All five received at least one delegate following the Iowa caucuses.

Candidates can also qualify for the debate by receiving 10% support or more in four national, Nevada, and/or South Carolina polls. Former Mayor Michael Bloomberg has three of the necessary four polls.

Neither Rep. Tulsi Gabbard nor investor Tom Steyer has passed 3% in any eligible poll released between Jan. 15 and Feb. 18, the qualifying period for the event.

The debate, hosted by NBC News and MSNBC, will be held at the Paris Theater. Lester Holt, Chuck Todd, Hallie Jackson, Vanessa Hauc, and Jon Ralston will moderate the event.

Democratic primary voters will have one last chance to see the candidates debate before the Super Tuesday primaries. The tenth debate will be held on Feb. 25 in Charleston, South Carolina.

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