Updates for the Democratic Debates

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On November 20, 2019, the democratic presidential candidates gathered together for another debate! After four other debates earlier this year (two of which has various parts), and prior to the most recent one, the original number of twenty-eight candidates dwindled down to sixteen: Michael Bennet (55), Joe Biden (77), Michael Bloomberg (77), Cory Booker (50), Pete Buttigieg (37), Julián Castro (45), John Delaney (56), Tulsi Gabbard (38), Kamala Harris (55), Amy Klobuchar (59), Deval Patrick (63), Bernie Sanders (78), Tom Steyer (62), Elizabeth Warren (70), Marianne Williamson (67), and Andrew Yang (44). According to a report from business insider, candidates needed both 165,000 individual donors and to earn either 3% in four DNC-approved national polls or 5% in two approved early-state polls from Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, or Nevada, in order to qualify for the November debate. Polls released between September 13 and November 13 — the week before the debate — counted towards qualification.

On December 3, however, Kamala Harris announced that her presidential campaign will be ending in January of 2020, as “it doesn’t have the funds to keep going.” Aside from this, the next Democratic debate will be on December 19, 2019, which is also the last one of this year. As of December 3rd, only six candidates have qualified for the December debate: Biden, Buttigieg, Klobuchar, Sanders, Steyer, and Warren. Hamilton Senior Yusaf Abdulle stated that he thinks “Biden is the front runner, without a doubt- because he’s most like Obama, and everyone loves Obama.” Stay tuned for more updates Huskies!