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10 candidates have qualified for the September debates so far

Presidential candidates Michael Bennet, Kirsten Gillibrand, Julián Castro, Cory Booker, Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, Andrew Yang, Tulsi Gabbard, Jay Inslee and Bill de Blasio participate in the CNN Democratic debate in Detroit on Wednesday, July 31. Source: Mark Peterson/Reddux for CNN
By Grace Sparks and David Wright, CNN

(CNN) -- The third round of Democratic primary debates, hosted by ABC and Univision, will take place the second week of September. Presidential candidates have until late August to reach polling and grassroots fundraising thresholds set by the Democratic National Committee.

Candidates must receive contributions from at least 130,000 individuals, coming from at least 400 unique donors in 20 or more states. They also need to reach 2% in at least four DNC-approved polls.

So far, 10 candidates have met both thresholds, qualifying them for the debates scheduled for September 12 and 13:


  1. Former Vice President Joe Biden
  2. New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker
  3. Mayor Pete Buttigieg
  4. Former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro
  5. California Sen. Kamala Harris
  6. Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar
  7. Former Rep. Beto O'Rourke
  8. Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders
  9. Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren
  10. Businessman Andrew Yang


Additionally, there are now 13 Democrats who say they have met the fundraising threshold.

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii, billionaire Tom Steyerand Washington Gov. Jay Inseehave reached the fundraising threshold, but still need to hit their polling minimum to qualify. Steyer has received three of his four necessary polls, while Gabbard has two and Inslee has none.

All other candidates haven't reached above 2% in any qualifying polls.

The DNC requires that all polls be conducted by an approved pollster, released between June 28 and August 28, 2019, conducted nationally or in Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and/or Nevada, and fit a certain question structure.

The candidate must get above 2% support in four or more polls of this nature, and they cannot be conducted by the same pollster in the same region.

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RockyFjord 31 days ago
Why don't they tell the American people how many more polls are to be taken before 28 August?
If enough polls are taken, Gabbard is sure to qualify. But is the dirty fix in by the DNC to limit the
number of polls in these last days? I think the statistical model for qualifying is flawed as a scientific
measurement. Harris dropped from 17% to 5%, and that has no effect in statistical qualification, and
this is a flawed measurement and model, from a political science p.o.v.
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