The 3d Presidential Primary Debate: This Thursday!

This Thursday’s Debate will be televised from Houston, TX on ABC (Channel 15 in Northern Arizona) and on Univision (with Spanish translation) beginning at 5 pm, Arizona Time. The broadcast will also be available on the network’s streaming channel and on the website and apps, as well as Hulu Live, The Roku Channel, and Facebook Watch.

Here’s the candidate line up:

  • Former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro
  • Businessman Andrew Yang
  • California Sen. Kamala Harris
  • Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar
  • Former Vice President Joe Biden
  • Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders
  • Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren
  • South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg
  • Former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke
  • New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker

The polling and donor requirements from previous debates were increased for this debate from the lower numbers required for the June and July debates, thus reducing the field by half. To qualify candidates needed donations from 130,000 people spread over 20 states with at least 400 unique donors from each of those states AND show 2% support in 4 “qualifying polls.” 

qualifying polls defined
. A candidate needed to get at least two percent support in four different polls published from a list of approved pollsters between June 28 and August 28, which cannot be based on open-ended questions and may cover either the national level or one of the first four primary/caucus states (Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada, and South Carolina). Only one poll from each approved pollster counted towards meeting the criterion in each region. The approved pollsters were the Associated PressABC NewsCBS NewsCNNThe Des Moines RegisterFox NewsMonmouth UniversityNBC NewsThe New York TimesNational Public RadioQuinnipiac University, the University of New HampshireUSA TodayThe Wall Street JournalThe Washington Post, and Winthrop University. In contrast to the first two debates, polls published/sponsored by the Las Vegas Review-Journal and Reuters no longer counted towards meeting the criterion.
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