Only 10 candidates met the thresholds for the Democratic presidential debate next week, a decrease of two from last months debate.
Julian Castro, a cabinet secretary in the Obama administration, will not be on the stage on Nov. 20, the Democratic National Committee said on Thursday. Former Rep. Beto ORourke (D-Texas), who was on the stage in October, recently dropped out of the race.
The candidates who made the stage include the frontrunners, Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and former Vice President Joe Biden, all 70 years old or older.
South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii), businessman Andrew Yang, and billionaire Tom Steyer will also be on the stage, along with Sens. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.).
The qualifying criteria, introduced by the Democratic National Committee, had two components: fundraising numbers and polling.
Candidates needed at least 3 percent support in four different state or national polls or at least 5 percent support in two qualifying state polls. Only polls from certain polling organizations were counted by the committee.
Candidates also needed donations from at least 165,000 unique donors, including 600 unique donors in at least 20 states.
So far, only six candidates have qualified for the December debate, which has higher thresholds.
Biden, Warren, Sanders, Buttigieg, Harris, and Klobuchar have qualified.
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