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Final Cut: These 10 Dems Will Debate in Houston on September 12

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 [1]; New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker; Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Indiana [2]; former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro; California Sen. Kamala Harris; Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar; [3] 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 [4], financier Tom Steyer, and Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii.

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 [5] 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.

Related: Gillibrand Quits 2020 Dem Race [5]

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.

Fox News [12] 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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