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Do Debates Matter?

Democratic presidential candidates former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) speak during the Democratic presidential primary debate in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Democratic presidential candidates former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) speak during the Democratic presidential primary debate in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Let us be one (of many) to note that last night’s Democratic debate in Las Vegas seemed more like a boxing match. The gloves were off and the knives were out.

It was thefirst time that billionaire and former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg  joined the other presidential hopefuls, and it was also the first time the candidates debated after the dust from the Iowa caucus and New Hampshire primary settled. 

The New Hampshire debate was a game-changer for Minnesota senator Amy Klobuchar. And this debate is also thelead up toimportant contests inNevada and South Carolina.

And debate performance has already had an effect for Senator Elizabeth Warren.

— Deepa Shivaram (@deepa_shivaram) February 20, 2020

But how much of a difference could it make at the polls? We unpack the results from the debate.

 

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