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Here's who qualified for the next Democratic debate

Posted at 8:06 PM, Aug 29, 2019

The third Democratic primary debate, hosted by ABC and Univision, will take place on September 12.

Presidential candidates had until late August to reach polling and grassroots fundraising thresholds set by the Democratic National Committee , which announced its official list of who made the debate on Thursday.

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

10 candidates met both thresholds, qualifying them for the debate scheduled for next month:

  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

ABC, the media partner in the September debate, also announced Thursday the podium order , from left to right: Klobuchar, Booker, Buttigieg, Sanders, Biden, Warren, Harris, Yang, O'Rourke and Castro.

There were three other Democrats -- Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii, billionaire Tom Steyer and author Marianne Williamson -- who said they had met the fundraising threshold, but won't be onstage in the September debate because they didn't hit the polling minimum to qualify. Steyer had three of his four necessary polls, Gabbard had two and Williamson had one.

The remaining candidates in the Democratic field didn't reach above 2% in any qualifying polls.

The DNC required 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 candidates needed above 2% support in four or more polls of this nature, and they couldn't have been conducted by the same pollster in the same region.

The next goal for candidates will be the October debate, the date of which has not yet been announced. The polling qualifying period for that debate stretches for a longer amount of time -- from June until two weeks before the debate -- making it possible for candidates who did not make the September debate stage to appear in October.