Jul 17, 2019

DNC releases names of 20 qualifying candidates for second round of debates

Pete Buttigieg, Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders and Kamala Harris speak during the first round of Democratic primary debate on June 27, 2019. Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

The Democratic National Committee released on Wednesday the names of the 20 presidential candidates who have qualified for the second round of debates scheduled for July 30-31 in Detroit.

The big picture: It's only going get more challenging for candidates to meet debate requirements moving forward. In September, the requirements for candidates will double. The Democrats' massive 2020 field has put pressure on the DNC to focus its primary on those who can really challenge President Trump.

The participants
  1. Former Vice President Joe Biden *
  2. Sen. Bernie Sanders *
  3. Sen. Kamala Harris *
  4. Sen. Elizabeth Warren *
  5. Mayor Pete Buttigieg *
  6. Former Rep. Beto O'Rourke *
  7. Sen. Cory Booker *
  8. Tech entrepreneur Andrew Yang *
  9. Former HUD Secretary Julián Castro *
  10. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard *
  11. Sen. Amy Klobuchar *
  12. Marianne Williamson *
  13. Gov. Jay Inslee *
  14. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand *
  15. Former Rep. John Delaney
  16. Former Gov. John Hickenlooper
  17. Rep. Tim Ryan
  18. Sen. Michael Bennet
  19. Mayor Bill de Blasio
  20. Gov. Steve Bullock — who did not participate in the June debates

Candidates with asterisks next to their names qualified through both polling at 1% in 3 qualifying polls and reaching the 65,000-donor threshold.

  • Those who didn't qualify: Seth Moulton, Mike Gravel, Wayne Messam and Tom Steyer, who just entered the race.

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The 2020 candidates who have qualified for the next Democratic debate

Cory Booker, Kamala Harris, Pete Buttigieg and Elizabeth Warren. Photos: Scott Olson/Getty Images, Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images, and Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images

The fourth round of Democratic debates will be held on Oct. 15 in Westerville, Ohio, with 12 candidates onstage, making it the biggest single-night debate to date. 

How it works: This debate had the same requirements as September's. Qualifying candidates must have reached 2% in 4 DNC-approved polls and drawn 130,000 unique donors — including 400 donors in 20 different states. Oct. 1 was the final day to make the cut.

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CNN sets lineups for second round of Democratic debates

Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders and Kamala Harris on debate night in Miami on June 27. Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

CNN has determined the schedule for the second round of 2020 Democratic debates, which will take place July 30-31 in Detroit.

Details: A live, random drawing during a "special edition" of Anderson Cooper 360 kicked off the debate lineup on Thursday. CNN said that both nights will have at least 2 top-tier candidates. Each candidate's podium position on debate night will be based on public polling, per CNN.

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