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Will the democratic presidential candidates will debate tonight in Westerville Ohio for a race that seems static for a long time suddenly there is a lot going on here's NPR national political correspondent Mara license for the first time since he entered the race Joe Biden has lost his clear front runner position Elizabeth Warren is on the rise and Bernie Sanders just had a heart attack so you wouldn't blame Democrats of their heads are spinning if you look at the democratic race now you'd have to say that Elizabeth Warren is the stock that you would buy five may be stock that you hold on to for a while longer but you're getting nervous that's David Axelrod who is Barack Obama's top strategist Democrats are nervous because Biden is being pummeled by millions of dollars of trump attack ads pushing a false narrative that Biden and his son did something illegal in Ukraine when Biden was the vice president that says axle rod is the eight hundred pound gorilla that will certainly come up in Ohio tonight most of what the president has said has been widely debunked but there is this question of you know why his son was on the role of this Ukrainian company while he was vice president I don't know that he can get away with swatting that question aside as he has Democrats are worried that even though the trump charges are false the president will get a kind of liars dividend his multi million dollars worth of attack ads on TV and social media amplify the charges and so doubt among Democrats not that Biden is guilty but that he'll be weakened as a candidate still the attacks or an opportunity for Biden says terra McAllen the founder of acronym and democratic digital advocacy organization I think that this provides biting potentially the best opportunity they're ever going to get to that after this real fight between him and frowned and demonstrate his strength and electability against trump in the general election after wrestling with how best to handle trump's attacks last week Biden decided to get more aggressive we all laughed when he said he could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoots someone and get away with it it's no joke the shooting holes in the constitution and we can not let him get away with it well my name has been figuring out how to handle trump Elizabeth Warren has continued her steady rise and not just because she's run a really good primary campaign with money organization and grassroots enthusiasm but also says democratic pollster Stan Greenberg because she tapped into a pent up desire among Democrats for government action to solve big problems like corporate corruption income inequality and climate change he is constantly talking about things government can do Democrats want an activist government and they're looking for after being suppressed by a decade of tea party dominance and now trump dominance Warren stands to benefit if Biden can't jujitsu trump's attacks to strengthen his own position she also stands to benefit of Sanders heart condition keeps him on the sidelines but with warns rise comes scrutiny which she has not had to face so far as one centrist Democrat quipped Warren has a plan for everything except how she'll be Donald Trump and that's another thing Democrats are worried about says terra McAllen how she is going to get the most voters including independence and swing voters who who don't want to see another four years of trump but maybe aren't as excited about the more progressive policies that she champions that really is is the challenge worries among Democrats that Warren is too far left to win a general election spiked last week when Warren gave this flip response on CNN when asked by an L. G. B. T. Q. activist what she would say to someone who believes marriage is between one man and one woman I don't wanna say than just merry one one she waited a bit and then headed this snarky comment you can find one sounds like he was saying anyone with those beliefs is a loser or maybe just deplorable in addition to worries about warrants electability and Biden's ability to perform Democrats are also watching an intramural primary going on you could call it the Biden understudy battle that's where Peter the judges the candidate to watch says David Axelrod but the judges still pulling in the single digits but he came in third in last quarter's fundraising behind Warren and Sanders but ahead of Biden if Biden were to stumble who could take up that late people to church is clearly now angling for that now he is more moderate in temperament and in policy then certainly than Warren or Sanders and he's been more pronounced about his differences with them lately so tonight's debate takes place against a backdrop of a lot of churn in the democratic race with three and a half months before any Democrat votes or caucuses a lot can still change Mar Eliason NPR news Washington