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DNC Divvies Up Democrats into Two 10-Candidate Groups for June Debate

The first group of 10 will debate on Wednesday, June 26, while the second will appear the next day on NBC, MSNBC, and Telemundo.

By NTK Staff | 06.14.2019 @2:30pm
DNC Divvies Up Democrats into Two 10-Candidate Groups for June Debate

The Democratic National Committee held a lottery on Friday to determine which candidates appear on stage during each of the two 10-person debates scheduled for late June.

Because the 2020 Democratic presidential field is so massive, the DNC instituted two thresholds that candidates needed to cross in order to qualify for the debate. Those included a poll threshold – all candidates must garner at least 1 percent support in a series of national and state polls – and fundraising. For the fundraising threshold, candidates needed to accumulate donors from at least 65,000 donors.

If more than 20 candidates hit each of those thresholds, the DNC would winnow the field by tallying the number of qualifying polls for each candidate.

The group that will appear on the first debate night on Wednesday includes Sens. Cory Booker, Elizabeth Warren, and Amy Klobuchar, Reps. Tulsi Gabbard and Tim Ryan, former Reps. Beto O’Rourke and John Delaney, Gov. Jay Inslee, Mayor Bill de Blasio, and former HUD Secretary Julian Castro.

The group appearing on night two includes Sens. Bernie Sanders, Kamala Harris, Kirsten Gillibrand, and Michael Bennet, former Vice President Joe Biden, Rep. Eric Swalwell, former Gov. John Hickenlooper, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, businessman Andrew Yang, and activist Marianne Williamson.

By most accounts, the process determining these line-ups was chaotic at best.

A DNC official said podium placement for each debate will be determined by poll position and announced at a later date.

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