Tonight, 10 Democratic presidential candidates—just 10—will take the stage in Houston for the third round of debates. Given the significantly smaller pool, tonight’s debate will be the first time all top-polling candidates will appear on stage together and for three entire hours, no less.
To qualify, candidates secured donations from at least 130,000 individuals (and 400 donors in 20 or more states) and at least 2 percent of support in four polls as approved by the DNC.
Those qualified candidates include:
- Former Vice President Joe Biden
- New Jersey Senator Cory Booker
- South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg
- Former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julián Castro
- Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar
- Former Texas rep. Beto O’Rourke
- Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders
- Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren
- Entrepreneur Andrew Yang
According to recent polling, Biden remains the frontrunner, ahead of Warren and Sanders; meanwhile, candidates including Hawaii rep. Tulsi Gabbard, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, and author Marianne Williamson failed to qualify for tonight’s debate. According to ABC News, during the debate, candidates will be allotted one minute and 15 minute seconds for answers and 45 seconds for rebuttals, longer responses than those of the last two debates. Candidates have also been asked not to swear tonight as everything will be live and broadcast without delay (Sorry, Beto!)
If you want to watch, both ABC and Univision will air the debate at 8pm EDT. ABC News will also stream the debate on its website and on YouTube (or download its app on any iOs or Android device to watch). And if you can’t watch at all, check CNN for live updates.