Hope everyone enjoyed a relaxing August break because September is here and so, too, is yet another Democratic presidential primary debate. The party’s 10 leading candidates are set to gather onstage in Houston tonight for the third Democratic debate of the 2020 election cycle. And unlike the previous multi-night, 20-person speed-dating extravaganzas, this time’s one-night-only affair, mostly thanks to its higher qualifying thresholds. The political festivities kick off at 8 pm ET and will be broadcast live on ABC and Univision. Who Made It To participate in tonight’s debate, candidates had to meet two separate thresholds set by the Democratic National Committee earlier this year: a polling threshold and a grassroots fund-raising threshold. (For the first two debates, candidates needed to meet just one of the two.) The thresholds have also increased since the June and July debates. Candidates needed to reach at least 2 percent support in at least four different polls conducted by a DNC-approved organization between June 28 and August 28. And each candidate also needed to receive campaign contributions from a minimum of 130,000 unique donors, including 400 unique donors in each of at least 20 states, by August 28. Ten candidates made the cutoff. They… Read full this story
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