While the Democratic primary field has grown to include more than twenty candidates, not everyone in the running has secured a spot in the third round of primary debates, which will be held on September 12 and 13 in Houston, Texas, and will be hosted by ABC and Univision.
In order to winnow down the group as the race progresses, the DNC set higher thresholds for the candidates to meet in order to qualify for participation in the third round of debates. The same qualifications will be used for the fourth round of debates in October.
A candidate qualifies by meeting both of the following requirements:
- Receive two percent or more support in at least four polls, which meet the specific requirements of the DNC, which are outlined here.
- Demonstrate that they have received donations from a minimum of 130,000 unique donors, with at least 400 unique donors per state in 20 states.
Here's who will be up on the stage next month:
According to the New York Times, Julián Castro, Cory Booker, Andrew Yang, Elizabeth Warren, Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, Kamala Harris, Beto O'Rourke, Pete Buttigieg, and Amy Klobuchar have all qualified for the September debates. At this point, it's unclear which candidates will appear on which night of the debate.
Those candidates who have not yet qualified for the debate include: Jay Inslee, Kirsten Gillibrand, Tulsi Gabard, Tom Steyer, Marianne Williamson, John Delaney, Tim Ryan, Steve Bullock, Michael Bennet, Seth Moulton, Joe Sestak, and Wayne Messam.
We'll continue to update should any additional candidates meet the threshold requirements.
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