Debate to highlight vanishing diversity in Democratic field
By COREY WILLIAMS
When Democratic candidates for president step up to debate Tuesday night in Iowa, there won't be any black faces on the stage. Sen. Cory Booker’s decision to drop out of the 2020 race on Monday leaves only three people of color - Asian American entrepreneur Andrew Yang, Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, a Samoan American, and black former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick - still campaigning. And none of them qualified for Tuesday's debate. The Democratic field's eroding diversity comes as the party is navigating broader debates over how to reflect and embrace the crucial role minority voters play in choosing a presidential nominee.
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