A Personal Speech About Gun Control Gives Cory Booker The Spotlight

  • Sen. Cory Booker gave a very personal speech about gun control.
  • The second debate happens on Thursday and will feature frontrunners Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders.
  • The odds of who is going to speak the most in the second debate are up.

MIAMI – With the first Democratic debate over, we look back on some highlights and talk about what is next for the second debate.

Speaking Time And Searches

In the polls before the debate, Sen. Elizabeth Warren was in third or second place. But, it was Cory Booker who had the most eyes on him on Wednesday. Booker spoke the longest out of all the candidates. He spoke for 10.9 minutes. Right behind him, Beto O’Rourke spoke for 10.3 minutes and Warren spoke for 9.3 minutes.

At first, Warren was asked more questions than the other candidates. Things shifted in the second half and the rest of the field got to share their views. When the debate shifted to gun violence, that is when Booker had his breakout moment.

“First of all, I want to say my colleague and I have been hearing this on the campaign trail, but worse is I hear gunshots in my neighborhood. I think I’m the only one, I hope I am, that had seven people shot in their neighborhood just last week. Someone I knew was killed with an assault rifle at the top of my block last year. For millions of Americans, this is not a policy issue, this is an urgency,” said Booker.

Booker’s personal experience with gun violence resonated with the viewers watching the debate. Searches on Booker surged on Google after he gave his gun violence answer.

In this debate, ElectionOdds.com thinks Warren solidified her position as one of the frontrunners to become the Democratic nominee. But Booker came out on top because now people are looking in his direction when they did not before. Polls are likely going to be taken after both debates are finished. We will likely see a surge of interest in Booker once the second debate has concluded.

Speaking Odds For The Next Debate

The Democratic debates are not over yet. On Thursday, the second group of Democratic candidates will take the stage at 9 PM ET. Thursday’s debate stage will include three frontrunners. Former Vice President Joe Biden, Senator Bernie Sanders, and Mayor Pete Buttigieg will be on the debate stage.

Right now, Bovada has +175 odds that Biden will have the most speaking time in the debate. Sanders currently has +200 odds that he will speak the most during the second Democratic debate. Sen. Kamala Harris and Buttigieg both have +550 odds of speaking the most during the debate.

Speaking time props are not the only bets that are being offered. Businessman Andrew Yang will also be in this debate. Bovada has an over/under bet that Yang will mention universal basic income more or less than two times. The over and under are both set at -115 odds. There are -450 odds that Biden will not hug any women on stage. On the other side, there are +275 odds Biden will hug a woman on the stage with him.

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