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Elizabeth Warren Won the First Democratic Debate, According to You Guys

MIAMI, FLORIDA - JUNE 26: Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) takes the stage during the first night of the Democratic presidential debate on June 26, 2019 in Miami, Florida. A field of 20 Democratic presidential candidates was split into two groups of 10 for the first debate of the 2020 election, taking place over two nights at Knight Concert Hall of the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County, hosted by NBC News, MSNBC, and Telemundo. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

The long and tedious process of narrowing the field of Democratic presidential candidates from a horde of consultant class commodities, cabinet member hopefuls, and weirdo narcissists down to a handful of actually viable options officially began yesterday with the first night of the campaign’s inaugural two-part debate (Television producers decided to to split up the squad because there wasn’t enough room on stage for 20 lecterns.) The other 10 candidates, including Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden, square off tonight starting at 9 p.m. EDT.

There were buzzwords, heated exchanges, performative displays of Spanish speaking ability, and even a few endorsements for abolishing private health insurance by Senator Elizabeth Warren and New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, respectively. We’re no experts, so we asked you, dear reader, to declare a victor. (If you haven’t weighed in, you can do so here.) Warren, the stage’s most progressive candidate, came out on top. These were the full results at the time I started this blog:

Elizabeth Warren: 29.5 percent

Tulsi Gabbard: 24.6 percent

Julian Castro: 13.8 percent

Cory Booker: 7.9 percent

Amy Kloubacher: 6.6 percent

John Delaney: 5.5 percent

Beto O’Rourke: 4.3 percent

Bill de Blasio: 2.9 percent

Tim Ryan: 2.6 percent

Jay Inslee: 2.4 percent