Democratic debate analysis: Which candidates came out on top?

Ten contenders for the Democratic presidential nomination will appear onstage for the third primary debate. Top row, from left: former Vice President Joe Biden; New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker; South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg; former Housing Secretary Julián Castro; California Sen. Kamala Harris. Bottom row, from left: Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar; former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke; Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders; Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren; entrepreneur Andrew Yang.

The third Democratic presidential debate is in the books, as the 10 qualifying candidates sparred over healthcare, immigration and foreign policy.

The nearly three-hour debate was alternately fierce and friendly, with a heavy sprinkling of pre-planned zingers in the mix. Did tonight’s showdown in Houston fundamentally alter the dynamics of the primary? Read real-time analysis from our political reporters below.

Commentary from national political reporters Melanie Mason, Noah Bierman, Tyrone Beason, Seema Mehta and Matt Pearce, Washington bureau chief David Lauter and columnist Doyle McManus.

The third Democratic debate brings 10 presidential candidates to the stage this evening in Houston.

For three hours – the debate runs from 5 to 8 p.m. Pacific – candidates will try to differentiate themselves while not annoying Democratic voters who say they don't like to see their candidates squabble.

Follow along with Times journalists for live analysis and commentary:

Melanie Mason, national political reporter

Noah Bierman, political reporter, Washington bureau

Tyrone Beason, national political reporter

David Lauter, Washington bureau chief

Doyle McManus, political columnist, Washington bureau

Seema Mehta, national political reporter

Matt Pearce, national political reporter