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More than Half of Dems Miss the Cut for Third Debate

More than Half of Dems Miss the Cut for Third Debate

To make it into the next primary debate, Democratic candidates had to collect 130,000 donations (minimum of 400 donors per state in 20 states) and reach 2% support in four qualifying polls.

These conditions had to be met by 11:59 Wednesday.

Only 10 candidates have made the cut: Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, Cory Booker, Pete Buttigieg, Julián Castro, Kamala Harris, Amy Klobuchar, Beto O’Rourke, and Andrew Yang.

That leaves out more than half of the candidates – including Tom Steyer, who has already spent more than $12 million on his campaign. Steyer was confident that he would make the cut earlier this month, having amassed 130,000 donors in just five weeks. But he only managed to hit 2% in three qualifying polls.

To appear in the first two debates, candidates had to reach 1% in four polls and accrue 65,000 donations from 20 states. As the primary field hit 20 and continued to grow, the DNC imposed tighter qualifications for the third debate. The same rules will apply to the fourth debate, giving struggling candidates another chance to appear on stage.

“We’ve said this all along, that in the fall we’re going to raise the threshold because that’s what we always do,” said DNC Chairman Tom Perez. “You can’t win the presidency in the modern era if you can’t build relationships with the grass roots.”

The third primary debate will take place September 12th in Houston, TX.

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  1. Elizabeth Seaman


  2. Fire21

    Tulsi Gabbard is the only one of those clown-car candidates who speaks with even a semblance of forethought and intelligence. Yet the people of her party won’t support her! She’s just not far enough left for those voters. I agree with Elizabeth Seaman that we will continue with President Trump. MAGA!

  3. Robert

    This year’s process seems to be a lot fairer than in 2016. Hillary and company cheated Bernie out of the Nomination. So, weeding out the lesser candidates seems like a good idea.

  4. Michael Morgan

    You mean they couldn’t any more nuts for this mixed up bunch of lunatics? One good thing, listening to these whack-jobs for 7 hours straight could even get Bill Clinton into heaven because this should be considered hell. I can’t stand any of these debates because you end up hearing them on the radio 20 time the next day.

  5. Cindy Johnson

    Interesting…My comment was not posted.. I am a United States citizen who chooses to Vote for Whomever I Feel might be a Good Leader. Although there is never any assurance of that happening. I Did Not Vote for Trump nor will I ever. He has shown me Who He Truly Is…He is Not Good for our US of A!!

    • Joe Gilbertson

      Because you don’t know how to work your computer…

    • xconcern

      Maybe you would like to explain why you think Trump isn’t good for the USA .

      • Art Wallace

        That would be a good answer to have explained. We saw what Obama did, do you actually think he was good for America? How can you not believe that Trump hasn’t been a good president, I voted for him so that I wouldn’t vote for Hillary, but I do believe that the economy has improved and we are on the right track with China and no other president has ever challenged world leaders like Donald Trump.