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Ten candidates will take the stage Thursday night for the third Democratic presidential debate at Texas Southern University, a public historically black college in Houston.
Unlike the last two rounds of live candidate-sparring, this month’s event will take place just one night, with only 10 candidates qualifying for a podium on stage after the Democratic National Committee’s (DNC) participation requirement threshold nearly doubled. To qualify, candidates had to show 130,000 unique donors that included 400 donors from at least 20 states, in addition to garnering a minimum of 2 percent support in at least four pre-approved polls.
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Hosted by ABC News in partnership with Univision, a panel of four moderators will run the show, including ABC’s Linsey Davis, George Stephanopoulos, David Muir, and Univision’s Jorge Ramos, meeting the DNC’s criteria for at least one female and one non-white person on the moderating panel.
The debate is scheduled for 8 p.m. EDT and is expected to run three hours. The event will be broadcast on ABC News, KTRK-TV, ABC News Live, and Univision, which will air the debate in Spanish. The debate will also be streamed online through Hulu Live, Roku, Facebook, AppleTV, Amazon Fire, YouTube, Apple News, and Twitter.
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Here’s Thursday’s lineup as the candidates will appear on stage from left to right:
Absent from the debate stage will be several candidates who failed to meet the DNC’s thresholds. Billionaire Tom Steyer met the donor threshold but hit 2 percent support in only three polls, not four, before the September debate deadline. Steyer has since garnered enough support in subsequent polls, qualifying the financier and philanthropist for the next round of primary debates expected to be held mid-October.
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Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, also came close to qualifying, meeting the donor threshold but only scoring enough support in two polls. If Gabbard polls 2 percent or higher...
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