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Democratic debate round two: How did they do?

It’s round two of the first debates of the 2020 Democratic presidential primary season. See how Wednesday night’s group did here.

To evaluate the debate performance of these disparate candidates, members of the Newsday editorial board are rating each contender in three categories on a scale of one to five stars, with five being the best.

These ratings are not endorsements of any candidate or his or her views; rather, they are a measure of how well the candidates contribute to the national discussion.

You can watch the debate here, and follow @NewsdayOpinion’s Twitter feed to the right as the editorial board members give reasons behind their ratings there.

You can watch the debate here, and follow @NewsdayOpinion’s Twitter feed as the editorial board members give reasons behind their ratings there.

Pick your debate winner and tell us why here.

Ideas:

Did the candidate offer specific ideas and how effectively did he or she present them?

Argument:

How well did the candidate respond to critiques by fellow contenders and questions from moderators?

Appeal:

Did the candidate make a compelling case for his or her ability to be a good president?

Pete Buttigieg won the night with 103 stars out of a possible 120, with Kamala Harris coming in second at 100 and Bernie Sanders third with 87.

Joe Biden

Former Vice President

Bernie Sanders

U.S. Senator, Vermont

Pete Buttigieg

Mayor of South Bend, Indiana

Kamala Harris

U.S. Senator, California

Andrew Yang

Entrepreneur

Kirsten Gillibrand

U.S. Senator, New York

John Hickenlooper

Former Governor, Colorado

Michael Bennet

U.S. Senator, Colorado

Marianne Williamson

Author/Activist

Eric Swalwell

U.S. Representative, California