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.
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 MSNBC.com and the Washington Post online.