A panel of eight CNN hosts picked the candidates who will face each other during the second Democratic presidential primary debates, during a live drawing on a Thursday night episode of Anderson Cooper 360.
The debate is divided into two nights, with ten randomly selected candidates facing each other on July 30th and 31st. The first night’s lineup consists of author Marianne Williamson, former Rep. John Delaney, former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan, Montana Gov. Steve Bullock, Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar, South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, former Rep. Beto O’Rourke, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, and independent Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.
The second night’s contenders are Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, Sen. Cory Booker, former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro, entrepreneur Andrew Yang, California Sen. Kamala Harris, and former Vice President Joe Biden.
CNN hosts picked the candidates in three waves and in order of popularity, waiting to pick the four highest polling candidates last to ensure each debate had an evenly distributed number of candidates based on polling. more