The debate stage in Houston, Texas, on September 12 will feature just 10 remaining Democratic primary candidates — meaning this will now be a one-night event, not two, in which the leading candidates will be together for the first time.
Making the cut for the September debate are the following: former Vice President Joe Biden; New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker; Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Indiana; former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro; California Sen. Kamala Harris; Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar; former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke; Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders; Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren; and entrepreneur Andrew Yang.
Missing from the list, of course, are people such as new-age author Marianne Williamson, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, financier Tom Steyer, and Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii.
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The September debate will be the third Democratic face-off to occur in this election cycle.
On Wednesday of this week, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York called it quits — suspending her campaign in light of low fundraising levels and other failures to reach qualifying marks set by the Democratic National Committee.
Before her, several others bowed out, including Washington State Gov. Jay Inslee and Rep. Seth Moulton of Massachusetts — both of whom have now said they will run for re-election for their respective positions.
Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper also bowed out, saying he would pursue a Senate seat instead.
NEW: Tom Steyer didn't reach 2% in the latest Quinnipiac poll, meaning he falls short of qualifying for the Sept. 12 Democratic debate.
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Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced she’s ending her White House bid.
This, as the next Democratic primary debate is two weeks away, and for the first time this year, all the candidates will share the stage on a single night, @peteralexander reports. pic.twitter.com/KZvjKkTJY3
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Fox News noted yesterday that “the criteria to make the cut for October’s fourth round of debates is the same as the third, giving the lower-tier candidates another month to reach the debate stage.”
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