After two consecutive summer debates, the next democratic presidential debate will be a one-day affair.
The candidates had time until 23:59. on Wednesday to meet the Democratic National Committee's qualification requirements: accumulation of 130,000 individual donors and support of 2 percent in at least four qualified surveys.
Even after two new polls were released on Wednesday morning, only 10 candidates made the cut all fit on a stage under the rules of the DNC These candidates are:
Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Ind.
Julián Castro, the former Housing Secretary
Senator Kamala Harris from California
Senator Amy Klobuchar from Minnesota
For Representative Beto O & Rourke from Texas
Senator Bernie Sanders from Vermont
Senator Elizabeth Warren from Massachusetts
Andrew Yang, a technology entrepreneur
The requirements for this debate, sta were about twice as high as in the first two debates, and exactly half as many candidates qualified.
The one-night format means that the leading candidates are sharing the stage for the first time. Due to the size of the previous discussion areas, two of the most sought-after candidates, Mr. Biden and Mrs. Warren, have not yet faced each other directly.
However, the format also means that 10 candidates will crowd around speaking time – a situation that is better for healthy bites than for in-depth discussions. For this reason, some observers had hoped for two debates with five or six candidates each.
Several candidates who did not implement the cut criticized the requirements of the DNC and said the committee was unnecessarily restricting the field. Still five months to the Iowa rallies.
Gov. Steve Bullock from Montana said in an interview with MSNBC on Wednesday that the debate would "miss something" if it were not included. Mr Bullock, who often emphasizes that he is the only Democratic presidential candidate to win a nationwide race in a state that voted for President Trump, said there would be no "rural voice" on the stage.
In a letter sent on Wednesday to Tom Perez, the DNC The chairman, a senior adviser to Colorado Senator Michael Bennet, complained that the committee "did not provide any information about how or why the qualification requirements for the debate on what criteria will apply to the eight future debates ".
takes polls from 16 organizations for the debate qualification, and some highly respected survey respondents are not on the list. Some other candidates, including billionaire Tom Steyer and Hawaiian representative Tulsi Gabbard, may have qualified for the debate if more polls were counted. However, a larger list would not have helped either Mr Bennet or Mr Bullock, as neither of them met the donor requirements.
Some lesser-known candidates also criticized donor requirements, arguing that this creates an incentive to focus on the fund rather than reaching voters. However, it appears that in four surveys, 130,000 donors were easier to reach than 2 percent of the advocates.
Four Candidates – Mrs. Gabbard, Mr. Steyer, self-help author Marianne Williamson, and Governor Jay Inslee of Washington, who ended his campaign last week – reached the donor threshold, but not the electoral threshold. In contrast, no one has reached the electoral threshold without reaching the donor threshold.
Mr. Steyer received three of the four polls he needed, but did not get 2% support in both polls released Wednesday morning. Ms. Gabbard hit this mark in two polls and Mrs. Williamson in one.
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand from New York, who ended her campaign on Wednesday, and former Governor John Hickenlooper from Colorado, who also resigned recently and this is Now he ran for the Senate and was the only other candidate in one qualifying survey reached 2 percent.
Mr. Steyer, Ms Gabbard and others who did not cut September could still qualify for the fourth debate that will take place in October. They have until two weeks before this debate – whose date has not yet been announced – time to meet the current criteria. Thereafter, the D.N.C. can increase the qualification limit again.
So do not be too excited about the one-night format. The second night will probably be back a month later.
Reid J. Epstein contributed to the coverage.