The next Democratic presidential primary debate takes place on November 20. The DNC has announced who’s in and who’s out.
Ten candidates have qualified for the next debate. In alphabetical order they are:
- Joe Biden
- Sen. Cory Booker, D-NJ
- South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg
- Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-HI
- Sen. Kamala Harris, D-CA
- Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-MN
- Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-VT
- Billionaire activist Tom Steyer
- Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-MA
- Entrepreneur Andrew Yang
In order for candidates to qualify for this debate, they had to hit a minimum of 3% in qualifying polls since the middle of September or 5% in two-state polls. They also had to have 165,000 donors with at least 600 of them residing in 20 different states.
There are six candidates who have been campaigning for a while that weren’t able to meet the qualifications for Wednesday’s debate, they are:
- Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet
- Montana Gov. Steve Bullock
- Former HUD Secretary Julian Castro
- Former Maryland Rep. John Delaney
- Former Pennsylvania Rep. Joe Sestak
- Author Marianne Williamson
Sestak hasn’t been able to meet the qualifications for any of the debates so far and Bennet, Delaney, Williamson and Bullock were not allowed to participate in the previous two debates.
Castro, who has been able to take part in all the debates until now, met the donor threshold but failed to get the polling numbers he needed to participate. Some suspect that he may drop out of the race after he recently laid off all his campaign staff in South Carolina and New Hampshire.
It’ll be even harder for Castro and the other candidates to qualify for the December 19 debate. For that one, they will have to have 200,000 unique donors with a minimum of 800 donations from 20 different states. They will also have to do slightly better in the polls. The presidential hopefuls will need to hit 4% or higher in four polls or 6% or higher in two early state polls.
As of right now, the only candidates that meet those requirements are the top three contenders, Biden, Sanders and Warren, as well as Harris, Buttigieg and Klobuchar. Things could change quickly though, since the former governor of Massachusetts Deval Patrick has entered the race, and the former mayor of NYC, Michael Bloomberg, is expected to as well.
Does this signal the end of the line for some of these candidates? We don’t know, but we’ll keep you up to date as the field prepares to take this race into the new year.
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