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Here's Who Is Currently in the Democratic Debates

13 Democrats have qualified, but the last 7 spots are up in the air
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 6, 2019 12:16 PM CDT
In this October 2015 photo, a crew member checks the candidate podiums before a Republican debate. The Democratic stage will be crowded this time.   (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

(Newser) – The first Democratic debates for the 2020 election take place June 26 and June 27 in Miami, with each night featuring 10 different candidates on stage, reports ABC News. The field is currently larger than 20, and the party will decide next week who makes the cut, based on polling and fundraising thresholds. An analysis by Politico puts 13 in the mix already, because they've met both thresholds: Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, Pete Buttigieg, Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, Beto O’Rourke, Cory Booker, Amy Klobuchar, Julian Castro, Tulsi Gabbard, Jay Inslee, Marianne Williamson, and Andrew Yang.

After that, things get a little unclear. Perhaps the biggest surprise is that Montana Gov. Steve Bullock isn't on the already-in list, because both Politico and ABC had previously reported that he was. However, the Democratic National Committee announced Thursday that it would no longer use two ABC News/Washington Post polls—one of which had Bullock meeting the necessary threshold—in its reckoning. Others on the cusp (some have met either the fundraising or the polling threshold, but not both) include Bill de Blasio, John Delaney, Kirsten Gillibrand, John Hickenlooper, Tim Ryan, Eric Swalwell, Seth Moulton, and Wayne Messam. The DNC will resort to tiebreakers if more than 20 qualify. (Read more Democratic debate stories.)

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