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Warren, Sanders dominate debate talk time

Warren, Sanders dominate debate talk time
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In many cases, the two senators, who are vying for control of the liberal wing of the Democratic Party, were given additional time to speak after lower-polling candidates tried to contrast themselves with the front-runners.
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Warren, whose poll numbers have been rising steadily throughout the year, spoke for 18 minutes and two seconds, according to The Hill's stopwatch. She had 21 opportunities to address questions or respond to her rivals during the showdown on CNN, which lasted two hours and 45 minutes.
 
 
Montana Gov. Steve BullockSteve BullockInterior says Pendley to remain at BLM despite 'dramatic tweets' from Democrats Democrat trails by 3 points in Montana Senate race: poll Poll shows statistical tie in Montana Senate race MORE (D) made an early splash in his first opportunity on the debate stage, clocking in with 10 minutes and 41 seconds of talk time over the course of a dozen answers. 
 
Bullock, who entered the presidential contest later than virtually every other candidate, missed out on the first debate held last month in Miami. Tuesday's debate represented his best opportunity to kick-start a campaign that has yet to reach even the 65,000-donor threshold to make the first pair of debates, let alone the 130,000-donor threshold to make the next debate stage in September.
 
 
 
Former Colorado Gov. John HickenlooperJohn HickenlooperBiden and Schumer face battles with left if Democrats win big Push to expand Supreme Court faces Democratic buzzsaw Democratic super PAC pulls remaining ads from Colorado Senate race MORE (D) spoke for just eight minutes and 27 seconds in a sometimes halting performance that may represent his swan song. Hickenlooper recently lost several senior staffers who urged him to drop out and run for a Senate seat instead.
 
Perhaps no candidate did more with less than Marianne WilliamsonMarianne WilliamsonMarianne Williamson discusses speaking at People's Party Convention Fewer people watched opening night of Democratic convention compared to 2016 Marianne Williamson: Democratic convention 'like binge watching a Marriott commercial' MORE, the spiritual adviser who warned of a "dark psychic force" in Trump's America. Williamson got just eight minutes and 44 seconds on the microphone, but she seemed to command that time to deliver answers that illustrated her outsider status.
 
By the end of the debate, Williamson was the most searched-for candidate in 49 of the 50 states, according to Google Trend data. The lone exception came in Montana, where voters searched for more information about their home-state governor.