The MSNBC-Washington Post Debate Will Take Place at Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta

By A.J. Katz Comment

MSNBC and The Washington Post announced this morning that the fifth Democratic presidential primary debate will originate from Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta on Nov. 20.

On 330 acres of the former Fort McPherson complex in Southwest Atlanta, Tyler Perry Studios opened last month and is the largest studio complex in America. Perry is the first African-American to own a major film production studio. 

The debate will take place from 9 – 11 p.m., airing live on MSNBC and streaming on as well as the The Washington Post’s website and  across mobile devices through NBC News’ and WaPo’s mobile apps.

Nine candidates have qualified for the debate so far: Vice President Joe Biden; Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J.; Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Indiana; Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif.; Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt.; billionaire activist Tom Steyer; Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass.; entrepreneur Andrew Yang; and Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn.

Two other candidates appear to have reached the fundraising threshold, but are short on the polling requirements. They include Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, and former Housing Secretary Julián Castro.