HOUSTON, TX – The next scheduled debate for Democratic presidential candidates could feature fewer than ten participants if the numbers don’t improve for some who are in the running.
Tougher requirements for qualification at the proceedings, which are scheduled for Sept. 12 on the campus of Texas Southern University in Houston, mean that many in the party’s field who have previously participated will likely be relegated to the sidelines.
Thus far, twenty candidates have taken part in two separate debates which mandated that each have at least a one-percent showing in three approved polls, or have at least 65,000 individual donations to their respective campaigns.
To make an appearance at the next debate, each candidate must achieve a combined threshold of polling and funding, needing a two-percent showing in at least four approved polls and a minimum of 130,000 unique campaign donors by Aug. 28.
According to multiple sources linked to each of the 25 candidates who are presently running, only nine would currently qualify, including marquee names like former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Bernie Sanders, and Sen. Cory Booker, while Washington Gov. Jay Inslee is not among them.
Even if Inlsee and others in the field of hopefuls don’t manage to qualify for the debate in Sept., they could still make the next scheduled debate in October, which features the same set of requirements.
Candidates who miss the mark for debate qualification will have serious difficulty remaining viable contenders going into the Iowa caucuses in February.