Now that we’ve gotten past the first two Republican debates, the focus will begin to coalesce around the first Democratic debate taking place on October 13, 2015. This debate will take place at the Wynn resort in Las Vegas, Nevada, and is hosted by CNN with the Nevada Democratic Party. CNN’s Anderson Cooper will moderate.


Report from Fox5Vegas:

The Wynn hotel-casino in Las Vegas was revealed Wednesday as the host site for the first Democratic primary presidential debate.

Steve Wynn, CEO of the Strip resort’s parent company Wynn Resorts, confirmed details of the Oct. 13 televised debate.

“The staff of Wynn Resorts is comprised of more than twenty-five thousand employees and their families,” Wynn said in a statement regarding the announced hosting opportunity. “Ours is a team of great diversity, representing every race, gender, religion, sexual orientation and political philosophy. To have the privilege of being intimately involved in the American political process by hosting this debate is a moment of great pride and excitement for all of us.”

The debate will serve as the lead-off debate of six slated into 2016. The other locations include Des Moines, IA, in November; Manchester, NH, in December; Charleston, SC, in January; and Miami and Wisconsin, which each would take place in either February or March.

We don’t have information such as the broadcast time as those details will be released in the coming weeks. Furthermore, the rules governing which candidates can attend also have not been divulged meaning we don’t know if there is a polling threshold that candidates need to meet.

As it stands, if they simply take Democratic candidates polling at least one percent, that includes Clinton, Sanders, O’Malley, and Webb. Most polling I see also includes Vice President Biden, but he is not a declared candidate. Polls which don’t include Biden’s name might also get Lincoln Chafee onto the stage depending on the criteria.