2020 Democratic presidential nomination

Midwest jobs took center stage early in Tuesday night’s Democratic presidential debate at Otterbein University in Westerville. 

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The largest presidential primary debate in American history takes place tonight night at 8 pm EST.  The debate is co-hosted by CNN and the New York Times. It will air on CNN and will be simulcast on NPR and WVXU. A dozen qualifying candidates are expected to take the stage in Westerville, Ohio. Among them, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders returns to the campaign trail after his health scare, and billionaire executive Tom Steyer make his primary debate debut.

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Twelve candidates take the stage for October's Democratic primary debate, which begins at 8 p.m. ET. NPR reporters are posting context and analysis in real time.

Who will be the main target, what does it mean and what do the candidates stand for? Follow NPR Politics reporters for live analysis and fact checks.

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There are 19 candidates who have thrown their hats in the ring to run for President next year. The Democratic National Committee thinks a dozen of them will be on the stage at the next debate in Westerville. 

Next month, Otterbein University in Westerville will host the Democratic presidential candidates’ fourth primary debate. Preparations for the event are already under way.

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The Democratic National Committee announced Friday where in Ohio it plans to hold the next Democratic presidential debate.

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September's Democratic presidential debate has been narrowed to one night only, as more candidates have called it quits altogether.

Ten candidates are on stage for the three-hour event hosted by ABC News and Univision, beginning at 8 p.m. ET. It's the third debate of the campaign and the first time that former Vice President Joe Biden, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders are all together.

Who will be the main target, what does it mean and what do the candidates stand for? Follow NPR Politics reporters for live analysis and fact checks.

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It's the second and final of the July Democratic debates. The second set of 10 candidates is making their case as to why they should be the next president of the United States. Follow NPR's live coverage for real-time fact checks and analysis of their remarks.

Plus, get caught up with NPR coverage on the candidates and the issues: 

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It's Night 1 of the July Democratic debates. Ten candidates are each making the case that they should be the next president of the United States. Follow NPR's live coverage for real-time fact checks and analysis of their remarks.

Plus, get caught up with NPR coverage on the candidates and the issues: 

Democratic candidates for president have begun filing their fundraising reports. The deadline to file is July 15.

U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan has not yet filed a report, but he said his campaign saw its best fundraising in the days after the first Democratic debate. He admitted it’s been an uphill climb.

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It's Night 2 of the first primary debate of the 2020 election cycle. 

The field is so large that the Democratic National Committee and NBC News split it into two 10-person debates, from 9 to 11 p.m. ET on Wednesday and Thursday, airing on NBC, MSNBC and Telemundo.

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Tensions mount between the U.S. and Iran after President Trump imposes new sanctions on Iran as retaliation for the country's downing of a U.S. military drone. The acting U.S. Customs and Border Protection commissioner resigns amid the continuing humanitarian crisis on the U.S. - Mexico border, which was brought into sharp focus this week by a photo of a father and his young daughter who drowned while trying to cross the Rio Grande.

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Millions of television viewers are getting their first extended look at the historically sprawling Democratic primary field over two nights in Miami this week.

The field is so large that the Democratic National Committee and NBC News split it into two 10-person debates, from 9 to 11 p.m. ET on Wednesday and Thursday, airing on NBC, MSNBC and Telemundo.

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The current storyline in the 2020 presidential campaign goes something like this:

Donald Trump and his allies run a campaign demonizing Democrats in general as horrid, lying socialists who hate America with a passion, who wouldn't be caught dead in a cheap foam hat that says Make America Great Again because they want to destroy it.

Presidential hopeful Kamala Harris was in Cleveland on Sunday night for the Cuyahoga County Democrats’ annual dinner.

The California senator spoke before more than 700 people and began by condemning the shooting at a synagogue near San Diego on Saturday, saying it was driven by hatred that has received new fuel over the past two years.

U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown bowed out of the 2020 presidential race weeks ago, and many speculated that was because former Vice President Joe Biden was planning to run. 

U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan, who represents Akron and the Youngstown area, is running for president, but to say he’s a dark horse might be an understatement.

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U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan from Niles in northeast Ohio is well-known in the state's Mahoning Valley, but not so much in southwest Ohio. Or in the rest of the country. WVXU senior political analyst Howard Wilkinson talked with News Director Maryanne Zeleznik Monday after Ryan's decision to join the crowded field of Democratic presidential candidates. Ryan is a long shot, but there are a lot of long shots in that field.

Former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke addressed a packed bar overlooking Cleveland’s industrial valley Monday afternoon, days after announcing his bid for the Democratic presidential nomination.

O’Rourke spoke for about 45 minutes, taking questions from an audience that filled Gino’s Cento Anno and spilled outside onto the patio in Cleveland’s Brooklyn Centre neighborhood. He opened by telling the crowd the country had never been more polarized.

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WVXU Senior Political Analyst Howard Wilkinson spoke with News Director Maryanne Zeleznik this morning about the somewhat unexpected decision of U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown to not run for the Democratic presidential nomination. Even though Brown won't be a candidate, his "dignity of work" theme may have a major influence on the race. And don't count Brown out as a potential running mate for whoever wins the Democratic nomination.

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