The participants in the second round of Democratic presidential debates for next week have been determined, but some candidates are already meeting the requirements to take part in the third set of debates in September in Houston.
In the third round of debates, candidates will need to both reach 2% in four polls and acquire donations from 130,000 unique donors, much tougher thresholds to meet than earlier debates. For the first two rounds, candidates needed to only poll at 1% and acquire 65,000 donors. ABC and Univision are hosting the debate at Texas Southern University on Sept. 12 and 13.
So far, as of August 8, the following candidates have met both requirements to be on stage in September:
- Former Vice President Joe Biden
- New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker
- South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg
- California Sen. Kamala Harris
- Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar
- Former Texas Rep. Beto O'Rourke
- Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders
- Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren
- Andrew Yang, businessman
Others have reached one of the two requirements.
Former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro has met the donor threshold as of this month but has not met the polling threshold.
The second Democratic debate took place in Detroit in July.
This report will be updated as other candidates qualify.
Sarah Ewall-Wice contributed to this report.