It’s official: U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard has qualified to share the debate stage later this month with 19 other Democrats running for president.
Gabbard, who represents Hawaii’s 2nd Congressional District, previously announced that she had secured a spot by having the requisite number of donors.
The Democratic National Committee announced Thursday the lineup for the debates, The Hill reported. They are set for June 26 and 27 on MSNBC, Telemundo and NBC.
Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, in red with lei, officially announced her run for president in Waikiki in February.
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It’s still not known which 10 candidates will appear on the stage on which night. A lottery will be held Friday to decide who stands with whom, and the candidates with the highest polling averages will be split between the two nights along with candidates with lower polling averages.
As Vox put it in an article Thursday, “there will be no ‘kids’ table’ or ‘undercard’ debate with only the worst-polling candidates,” as happened with the large Republican field in 2016.
Gabbard is currently polling at around 1%, which suggests she could share the stage with either the current frontrunner, former Vice President Joe Biden, or perhaps U.S. Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, based on the latest polling averages.
But The Hill reports that Montana Gov. Steve Bullock, Rep. Seth Moulton (D-Mass.), former Sen. Mike Gravel (D-Alaska) and Miramar, Fla. Mayor Wayne Messam didn’t make the cut.
“Hopefuls had to either collect contributions from at least 65,000 unique donors, including 200 in 20 different states, or notch at least 1 percent support in three polls,” the D.C.-based publication said.
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