What to expect from the first Democratic primary debates

Let the battle royale begin!

The 20 contenders for the Democratic presidential nomination will spend the next two nights clobbering each other on a Miami stage in what analysts predict will be a pair of knock-down, drag-out debates.

Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren will be center stage Wednesday night, alongside former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke, New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker and Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar.

Onstage, as seen from the audience, the candidates in the center of the field will be those who polled the highest, while those with the lowest support will be seated closer to the outside, including Mayor Bill de Blasio — the only time he’ll be unhappy to be on the far left.

On Thursday, ex-Veep Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont will take center stage, flanked by Sen. Kamala Harris of California and South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg.

To avoid having all of the long shots or favorites appear together on the same night, the candidates were split into two groups, one that polled at 2% or higher and the other including those with weaker support. The names were picked at random from each group to ensure a mix on both nights.

The debates will be televised live both nights from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. New York time on NBC, MSNBC and Telemundo, and will be livestreamed on NBC’s and Telemundo’s websites and apps.

Analysts expect a donnybrook as the front-runners look to solidify their positions and long shots look to rise above the field.

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“Let the battle of the sound bites begin!” Larry Sabato, head of the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics, told The Post.

“There are only three ways to stand out — be a front-runner and fulfill expectations; come up with a defining, clever sound bite that wounds another contender — or draw Trump’s ire,” he said.

But the front-runners also face risks, such as “falling flat on your face with a gigantic gaffe that slows or ends your candidacy,” he said.

But, Sabato added, the long shots have the most to lose.

“This may be the one and only chance they have to get on the voters’ radar,” he said. “Those lagging the field may not even make it to the July debate.”

But Princeton University professor and historian Julian Zelizer told The Post it could be tough for anyone to break out and there could be more risk than reward for the less-known candidates.

The debates “will certainly help some candidates solidify positions or maybe even inch up. But given how little time each candidate will have I don’t expect [a] breakout. A breakdown because of terrible performance is more likely for lower tier candidates,” he said.

He also had an ominous warning for Team Biden.

“Warren, Sanders, Harris and Buttigieg can all use this to inch closer to Biden. A terrible performance by Biden could undercut his promise of being most electable,” Zelizer said.

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