MSNBC and The Washington Post Will Co-Host a Democratic Presidential Primary Debate Next Month

By A.J. Katz 

NBC News has announced that MSNBC and The Washington Post will co-host the fifth Democratic presidential primary debate, set to take place on Nov. 20 in Georgia.

Additional details, including location, venue, format and moderators will be announced at a later date.

The debate will take place in prime time, and will air live on MSNBC and across the Radio One network. It will also stream on and WaPo’s website, as well as across mobile devices via NBC News and the Post’s mobile apps and Radio One’s digital platforms.


To qualify for the debate stage, candidates have to meet fundraising and polling criteria laid out by the Democratic National Committee one week before the debate.

The polling requirement is slightly different than the previous debates — it calls for candidates to hit at least 3% in four qualifying state or national polls or 5% in two qualifying state polls. The fundraising threshold requires candidates to have received contributions from 165,000 unique donors, including 600 unique donors in 20 states.

According to these standards presently set, eight candidates have already qualified for this debate: Former Vice President Joe Biden, New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, California Sen. Kamala Harris, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, billionaire Tom Steyer, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren and entrepreneur Andrew Yang.

Former Housing Secretary Julián Castro, Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar and former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke all appear to have reached the donor requirement, but have yet to meet the polling requirements.

All 11, plus Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, have qualified for the fourth Democratic presidential primary debate, which is scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 15 in Ohio. That debate is being co-hosted by CNN and The New York Times.

CNN anchors Anderson Cooper and Erin Burnett, as well as New York Times national editor Marc Lacey will serve as the debate moderators.

The third and most-recent Democratic primary debate was hosted by ABC and Univision, and took place in September.

The second debate was hosted by CNN and took place on July 30 and 31.

MSNBC, NBC News and Telemundo hosted the first of the 2020 Democratic presidential primary debates back in June. Twenty candidates qualified for that debate, which was split into two back to back nights with 10 candidates.

CBS News and Fox News are now the only major U.S. television news outlets that have yet to host a 2020 Democratic presidential primary debate.