Half of the democratic presidential field is unlikely to have the next primary debate as the deadline arrived on Wednesday, with only 10 contenders who have qualified so far.
Two new polls on Wednesday morning were unable to add extra candidates to the debate and the clock is ticking towards the end-of-day deadline to lower the price.
If only 10 candidates ultimately qualified, that would guarantee a match-up debate, but unseen in the democratic primary process: front runners Joe Biden and Elizabeth Warren compete.
Half of the democratic field – including several candidates who were on the podium during the July debate in Detroit – threatens not to reach September
If only 10 candidates were eligible for the third debate, that would guarantee an unparalleled match: Joe Biden and Elizabeth Warren compete
Indeed, a one-night debate would have all the top candidates together on stage: Biden, Warren, Bernie Sanders and Kamala Harris in addition to Pete Buttigieg, Cory Booker, Julian Castro, Amy Klobuchar, Beto R & R and Andrew Yang.
The contenders who have been left out, however, are already complaining about the stricter benchmarks needed to complete the September phase – 130,000 donors plus 2 percent in four predetermined surveys.
A few candidates were close: Tulsi Gabbard reached the 2 percent in two polls and her campaign said she beat the donor is thirsty.
Businessman Tom Steyer – who has not yet taken part in a debate – was one poll away from qualifying and achieved the donor mark.
But neither of them reached the 2 percent in two polls released Wednesday morning – Quinnipiac, where Gabbard got 1 percent and Steyer got a statistical zero number, and Suffolk / USA today, where both received 1 percent.
Marianne Williamson reached the donor, but only had 2 percent in one poll.
Her campaign complained about the process the Democratic National Committee used to determine who made the stage.
The DNC – before the first primary debate in June – outlined the methodological surveys that were needed to be included in the qualifications.
There were 17 polls that made the cut.
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The Williamson campaign complained that not all 17 approved outlets were conducting polls for the third debate during the qualifying period, which harmed her chances.
& # 39; If the DNC had followed the process they had announced in February and had kept to the promised 17 qualifying polls, the preparation of the upcoming third debate could be very different & # 39 ;, said Williamson communications director Patricia Ewing in a statement.
Williamson told me ABC news her campaign will not be delayed on Tuesday if she is not in the debate.
& # 39; This love train is running smoothly & she said.
The Gabbard campaign also complained about the lack of qualifying polls for the third debate.
& # 39; In particular, only four qualifying opinion polls were issued after the second Democratic primary debate, compared to fourteen qualifying opinion polls released in the month following the first Democratic primary debate, & # 39; said her campaign in a statement last week.
Several contenders in the first two debates did not come close to the September phase: Michael Bennet, Steve Bullock, Bill de Blasio, John Delaney, Kirsten Gillibrand and Tim Ryan.
But the staff of some of these candidates discuss their options in the future, Politics reported, including a push to make contenders appear in non-sanctioned debates or other events, which the DNC has prohibited as a condition for inclusion in debates approved by the party.
The candidates promised to continue campaigning, but lack the opportunity for national attention – a breakout moment in a debate can lead to unrest in fundraising and surveys.
& # 39; I'm not going into the debate next month, but I'm going to Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina and Nevada to build the constituency for the change this country needs & # 39 ;, Bennet said during the summer of the Democratic National Committee on Friday in San Francisco.
& # 39; There is another bite in the apple in October & # 39 ;, de Blasio said Thursday at MSNBC.
Marianne Williamson and Tulsi Gabbard have complained about the lack of qualifying polls for the third debate
The next debate is scheduled for Thursday, September 12 at Texas Southern University, a historically black public university in Houston. ABC is the host network with moderation by George Stephanopoulos, David Muir, Linsey Davis and Univision Anchor Jorge Ramos.
The candidates have one minute and 15 seconds for direct response to questions from the moderators and 45 seconds for follow-up questions and refutations.
If a second night is needed, that debate will take place on Friday, September 13.
The Democratic National Committee is expected to formally announce who will be debating in Houston after the qualifying period ends on Wednesday evening.
But there is good news for the candidates who don't make it to the September phase – they could still make the October meeting.
The DNC announced earlier this month that they would give candidates up to two weeks before the October debate to qualify – and set the start of the qualification period to June 28, which was the same start time as qualifications for the September debate.
This means that all candidates who make the September stage are automatically in the October debate, and it gives those contenders who don't make the Houston mark extra time to make the next showdown.
It is uncertain how much extra time has yet been set for the October meeting. But it can take up to three or four weeks.
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