Democratic field shrinks nearly in half after only 10 Democratic candidates hit polling and fundraising thresholds to qualify for September debate
The Democratic field was nearly cut in half Thursday morning after only 10 Democratic candidates hit the polling and fundraising thresholds set by the Democratic National Committee (DNC) to qualify for the September debate. Next month’s debate will mark the first time in which the entire cast of the Democratic field will be featured on the same stage at the same time, and will be headed by primary front runners: Former Vice President Joe Biden, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren, California Senator Kamala Harris, and South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg. The rest of the qualifying candidates include: New Jersey Senator Cory Booker, Former Department of Housing and Development Secretary Julián Castro, Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar, Former Texas Representative Beto O’Rourke, and entrepreneur Andrew Yang. ~
According to TIME, the stricter polling and fundraising thresholds set by the DNC was in attempt to narrow the expansive field of Democratic candidates present at the first two debates. The thresholds to qualify for the September debate stated that each candidate needed to poll nationally at at least 2% or more in at least four DNC approved polls released between the dates of June 28 and August 28, and that those candidates must also receive no less than 130,000 unique donors, with at least 400 unique donors from at least 20 different states, by the deadline of 11:59 pm on Wednesday, August 28th. Hawaii Representative Tulsi Gabbard, Billionaire executive Tom Steyer, and author Marianne Williamson all failed to qualify after only meeting the donor requirements. Seven other Democratic candidates failed to meet either of the two requirements. ~
Next month’s Democratic debate will be held on Thursday, September 12th and be hosted by ABC News and Univision. George Stephanopoulos, David Muir, Linsey Davis and Jorge Ramos will moderate the event in Houston, Texas. The three hour extravaganza will allow each candidate 75 seconds for answers and 45 seconds for responses and rebuttals (The New York Times, 2019). ~
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