Eight candidates have qualified for the debates in September: 10 candidates on the fundraising side and eight on the polling side. Candidates need to reach both to be on the stage.
Candidates who have qualified for the September debates in both polling and fundraising:
There are now 10 Democrats who say they received contributions from at least 130,000 individuals, coming from at least 400 unique donors in 20 or more states.
Businessman Andrew Yang and former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julián Castro have reached their fundraising threshold, but still need to hit their polling minimum to qualify, with having received three of their four necessary polls. Billionaire Tom Steyer has two qualifying polls, and former Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper and Hawaii Sen. Tulsi Gabbard each have one. All other candidates haven’t reached above 2% in any qualifying polls.
The DNC requires that all polls be conducted by an approved pollster, released between June 28 and August 28, 2019, conducted nationally or in Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and/or Nevada, and fit a certain question structure.
The candidate must get above 2% support in four or more polls of this nature, and they cannot be conducted by the same pollster in the same region. There is still a month for candidates who have not yet hit the polling threshold to do so.