The next Dem debate is right around the corner, and only 10 out of 20 candidates have met the qualifications to hit the stage on Sept 12. Since the first debate, several candidates have dropped out, including: Kirsten Gillibrand, Eric Swalwell, John Hickenlooper, and Jay Inslee. In past elections, debates weren’t always so important, with candidates often skipping out entirely. But with such a large Dem field, they’re now instrumental, especially for candidates barely meeting the 2% polling requirement (eg, Beto and Yang). As of today, the next debate will feature: Biden, Buttigieg, Harris, Sanders, Warren, Booker, Klobuchar, O’Rourke, and Yang. With the Iowa caucuses right around the corner (Feb 3), there’ll be lots of attention on every debate from here on out—especially as the field starts to narrow and we begin the intricate process of formally nominating a Dem presidential candidate.