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Steyer, Gabbard Miss Debate Cut as Dems to Descend Upon Houston

Ten of the Democratic candidates for president have qualified for the upcoming 2020 presidential debate in Houston, leaving two candidates who were on the bubble out the event.

This week, ABC News confirmed ten candidates had qualified for the debate, which will mark the first time in this cycle that just one night of debates will be held. The candidates who will be participating include: Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, Pete Buttigieg, Cory Booker, Amy Klobuchar, Beto O’Rourke, Julian Castro, and Andrew Yang.

In order to secure a spot on the stage, candidates had to receive contributions from 120,000 unique donors or more and receive 2 percent of support in at least four polls. Four candidates had met the donor criteria, but were unable to secure a spot on the stage due to polling. Businessman Tom Steyer was one poll away from qualifying, while Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard missed the stage by two polls. Spiritual author Marianne Williamson and Washington Gov. Jay Inslee also met the donor threshold, but were unable to meet the polling threshold. Inslee suspended his campaign prior to the qualification deadline for candidates.

The debate will be held on September 12th on ABC.

Democrats at the first presidential debate in June/Photo by NBC

Democrats at the first presidential debate in June/Photo by NBC

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