Fox Theatre to host second Democratic primary debate in July

Melissa Nann Burke
The Detroit News
Former Vice President Joe Biden remains the front-runner in the Democratic field of presidential candidates. Candidates will face-off on two nights in July at debates in Detroit's Fox Theatre.

The Democrats' second presidential primary debate will be held at Detroit's Fox Theatre in late July. 

A Democratic National Committee spokeswoman on Tuesday confirmed the venue.

The debate will be broadcast live in prime-time on CNN over two nights, July 30 and 31, with as many as 10 candidates participating each night. CNN has not yet announced its moderators.

 Those interested in attending the Detroit debate can sign up here.

The Fox Theatre hosted the Republican presidential primary debate on March 3, 2016, featuring four candidates, that preceded the Michigan primary five days later that President Donald Trump won.

The DNC has planned its first debates for Miami in June, also over two consecutive nights. 

Lester Holt and four of his NBC News colleagues will share moderating duties for that debate. For each night, Holt will anchor the full two hours.

In the first hour, he’ll be joined by Savannah Guthrie of the “Today” show and Jose Diaz-Balart of Telemundo. The second hour will feature MSNBC opinion host Rachel Maddow and “Meet the Press” moderator Chuck Todd.

The Democratic National Committee is expected to announce later this week which candidates meet the threshold for participation in Miami. 

The party has said the face-offs for each evening will be determined at random "to provide each candidate with a fair opportunity to make his or her case to a large, national audience."

So far, more than 20 Democrats have entered the presidential field. 

Trump won the state by 10,704 votes in 2016 — the first time a Republican had carried the state since 1988. Michigan is poised again to be a battleground in 2020.