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Former Gov. John Hickenlooper, center, and U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet, right, speak to reporters after touring flood-damaged areas of Colorado by helicopter in September 2013. At left is former U.S. Sen. Mark Udall.

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NBC has announced how it will divvy up the 20 Democratic candidates for the first debate of the 2020 election campaign, which will be held over two nights in Miami later this month.

Colorado presidential hopefuls John Hickenlooper, the former governor, and U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet will share the stage on June 27 — night two of the debates — along with Bernie Sanders, Kamala Harris, Joe Biden, Pete Buttigieg, Marianne Williamson, Eric Swalwell, Kirsten Gillibrand and Andrew Yang. 

The lineup for the first two-hour session on June 26 features Elizabeth Warren, Cory Booker, Beto O'Rourke, Amy Klobuchar, Julian Castro, Bill de Blasio, John Delaney, Tulsi Gabbard, Tim Ryan and Jay Inslee.

The Democratic National Committee says it divided the candidates at random but ensured that contenders considered front-runners would not be stacked on one night to avoid the impression that one night was more important than the other.

Colorado Politics contributed.

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