As of now, just six candidates meet the requirements to make the Democratic debate stage in September: Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, Pete Buttigieg and Beto O’Rourke (A Drew Angerer/Getty Images image).
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This week’s debates could be the last debate appearances for well over half of the 2020 Democratic presidential hopefuls.
With more stringent qualification rules from the Democratic National Committee set to severely limit who will make the debate stage in September, lower-tier candidates are now facing do-or-die moments this Tuesday and Wednesday in Detroit.
Only six of the twenty-four announced candidates have qualified for the September ABC/Univision debate in Houston.
The six candidates who meet the requirements for September are: former Vice President Joe Biden; Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders; Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren; California Senator Kamala Harris; South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg; and, former Texas Representative Beto O’Rourke even if Beto is more of a Texas courtesy participant at this point as his candidacy continues to crater.
.@BetoORourke It doesn't look good.
— Richard M. Nixon (@dick_nixon) June 27, 2019
Four candidates are on the bubble to make the August debate.
New Jersey Senator Cory Booker and Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar have met the polling requirements, but are still short when it comes to donors.
Conversely, former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro and entrepreneur Andrew Yang have enough donors, but are only halfway to hitting the polling requirements.
Needless to say, those in the danger zone face what may be their last chances during this week’s debate to salvage their presidential aspersions.
As such, count on struggling candidates try to take on the front-runners even if that may still not be enough to keep their White House hopes alive in a massive field of mostly distant also-rans.
But these also ran candidates will have to be careful. In the wake of candidates frequently interrupting other candidates during last month’s debates, new CNN debate ground rules include that a “candidate who consistently interrupts will have his or her time reduced.”
In any event, it is looking increasingly likely that less than 10 candidates will make the cut for September’s debate and so make this week’s debates a but one night affair for most of the contenders.
Needless to say, ABC and Univision are panicked that they will have to find something at this late date to fill a night’s worth of programming during the height of the fall premieres of new programming..