Associated Press

De Blasio unlikely to qualify for next round of debates: NYT

August 02, 2019 - 4:43 pm

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- The next round of Democratic presidential debates -- slated for Sept. 12 and Sept. 13 in Houston -- may have half the number of candidates than the first two sets of debates, which had 20 and 24 presidential hopefuls. And mayor Bill de Blasio, isn't likely to qualify, according to the New York Times

Why? Because the Democratic National Committee has set tougher standards to qualify for the third and fourth debates. The latter will take place in October. If 10 or less candidates qualify, the debate will occur on only one night. 

Under the stricter rules, candidates need to register at least 2 percent support in 4 DNC-approved polls and have 130,000 unique donors -- candidates have until Aug. 28 to reach those figures. 

According to a New York Times analysis of polls and donor numbers, "only 10 to 12 candidates are likely to make the third round."

According to the Times, these 8 candidates have already met both qualification thresholds and are guarantees a spot on the stage:

-Former Vice President Joe Biden

-Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey

-Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Ind.

-Sen. Kamala Harris of California

-Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota

-Former Representative Beto O’Rourke of Texas

-Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont

-Sen.Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts

According to the Times, two other candidates are "very close:" former housing secretary Julián Castro and entrepreneur Andrew Yang, who each surpassed 130,000 donations and each have three of the four qualifying polls they need.

The Times also reports that only 3 candidates "have even a single qualifying poll to their name:" Tom Steyer (2 polls), Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii (1 poll) and former Gov. John Hickenlooper of Colorado (1 poll).

Both the Gabbard and Steyer campaigns said they expect to collect enough donors to make it to the debate stage.

1010 WINS reached out to de Blasio campaign for comment.

Note: An earlier version of this story incorrectly reported that Cory Booker would not qualify. That is incorrect -- he will qualify.