1st Democratic presidential debate set for October 13

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ATLANTA — CNN and the Democratic National Committee announced Thursday the network will host the first Democratic primary debate in Nevada on October 13. The exact location will be announced in the coming weeks.

The announcement adds to the trio of Republican debates CNN is hosting, the first of which is September 16 at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California.

The field of major Democratic candidates is significantly smaller than the 17-member Republican one, at five candidates, and it’s been dominated by frontrunner Hillary Clinton. But that hasn’t stopped candidates like Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders from running neck-and-neck with Clinton in New Hampshire or former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley from clamoring for more debates.

The field, meanwhile, could expand from five to six, if Vice President Joe Biden decides to enter the fray.

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