A dozen Democratic hopefuls took the debate stage Tuesday night in this election cycle’s largest field yet — but don’t get used to it. A third of the candidates are currently on the outside looking in for next month’s fifth-round debate in Georgia thanks to strict polling and fundraising thresholds implemented by the Democratic National Committee. Former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke, former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julián Castro, Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar and Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard made what may have been their last nationally televised appeals to American voters on Tuesday night. “I think for some of them, not making it to the next debate should be a good indicator that their campaign doesn’t have a leg to continue on,” said Patrick Murray, director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute. “We’ll see whether they take that hint.” The four have each already garnered the 165,000 unique donors to make the cut for the Georgia debate but are yet to meet the polling requirement. Candidates have until a week before the Nov. 20 debate to crack either 3% in four approved national or early-state polls, or 5% in two early-state polls. The “early states” — with the earliest… Read full this story
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