The presidential campaign of U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard announced Monday that the candidate will be in Indonesia for two weeks this month as part of her Army National Guard duties.
The Democrat from Hawaii will resume campaigning on Aug. 25. That’s three days before the deadline to qualify for the next round of Democratic National Committee debates.
As of Sunday, nine of the more than two dozen Democrats in the race have qualified for the debates, which will be held during the second week of September: former Vice President Joe Biden, New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg, California Sen. Kamala Harris, Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Former Rep. Beto O’Rourke, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren and businessman Andrew Yang.
State Senator Mike Gabbard and Abraham Williams flank Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard during ceremonies promoting Gabbard to major at the National Cemetery of the Pacific, 2015.
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Candidates must have met a 130,000-donor benchmark and register at least 2 percent support in four DNC-approved polls.
Gabbard has met the donor threshold but currently has only one qualifying poll to her credit.
The Hill reported Sunday that Gabbard and former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro “are at least halfway there” in terms of making the cut.
But for the 13 other Democrats “the prospects appear increasingly dim.
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