Democratic Debate Appears Set for 10 Candidates After Some Hopefuls Fails to Qualify

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2019-08-28 10:47:44

Only about half of the massive Democratic presidential field will make the cut for next month’s debate after two new polls released Wednesday morning didn’t give struggling candidates what they needed to qualify, NBC News reported.

A USA Today/Suffolk University Poll showed Biden at 32 percent, followed by Warren at 14 percent and Sanders at 12 percent. A Quinnipiac University Poll found the same level of support for Biden, but placed Warren’s support at 19 percent followed by Sanders at 15 percent.

Candidates have until midnight Wednesday to meet debate qualifications set forth by the Democratic National Committee. The threshold requires that White House contenders earn donations from 130,000 people and at least four polls showing support of 2% or more.

The 10 candidates who have qualified already are: Biden, Warren, Sanders, Harris, Buttigieg, New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, former Housing Secretary Julián Castro, Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar, former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke and entrepreneur Andrew Yang.

Who’s Running for President in 2020?

The race for the 2020 presidential election is underway, and the field of Democratic candidates is packed. Those who have announced presidential bids include a vice president, senators, House members and three mayors. As for the GOP, a single Republican has announced his bid to challenge President Donald Trump for the party nomination: former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld, who ran for vice president (and lost) in 2016 on the Libertarian party ticket.

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