Road to the White House: The 10 who qualify for Nov. 20 Democrat debate


The fifth Democrat presidential primary debate will have 10 candidates, just two fewer than were on stage during the fourth debate that was held in October. The qualifying deadline was today.

Evidently the tougher qualifying threshold set by the Democratic National Committee was not enough to winnow the field by much, and Democrats are worried that none of the candidates has what it takes to take on President Donald Trump.

Part of our ongoing series on the presidential campaigns.

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard was the last candidate in the door, having picked up her fourth qualifying poll last week (and adding a fifth after that). Julian Castro did not make the cut because, while he’s met donor requirements, he has not finished in contention in a single poll.

Nov. 20 debate in Atlanta will have these candidates, ranked first to last in terms of their qualifying polls:

  • Joe Biden
  • Bernie Sanders
  • Elizabeth Warren
  • Pete Buttigieg
  • Kamala Harris
  • Andrew Yang
  • Tom Steyer
  • Amy Klobuchar
  • Cory Booker
  • Tulsi Gabbard

In addition to Castro not being on stage this time, Beto O’Rourke won’t be pumping his gun-control campaign, as he folded his race Nov. 1.

The Nov. 20 debate in Atlanta is being hosted by MSNBC and the Washington Post. It will air at 5 pm Alaska Time. Moderators will be four women members of the liberal media establishment: Andrea Mitchell of NBC, Rachel Maddow of MSNBC, Kristen Welker of NBC, and Ashley Parker of the Washington Post. It will air live on MSNBC and will be livestreamed at and the Washington Post online.


  1. Tulsi Gabbard is the only person on this list with a really good opportunity to beat President Trump in key states like Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan and Wisconsin.
    Interesting that she barely makes the cut.
    The Democrats are working hard to re-elect Donald Trump with their fascination for extreme unelectable candidates or aged out individuals.

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