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On edge: 2020 Dems face prospect of being cut from debates

Submitted by on July 1, 2019 – 12:02 amNo Comment

The sprawling Democratic primary field is poised to shrink, with more than half of the two dozen candidates facing danger of failing to meet tougher requirements to appear in September and October’s debates.

Those who don’t make it could forge on. But it would be a political death knell at a time when most voters are just starting to tune in.

The Democratic National Committee is requiring participants to hit 2 percent in multiple polls and collect contributions from 130,000 individual donors.

Of 20 candidates who qualified for the opening round of debates in June and July, just six are sure to appear in the fall round.

That could yield a field that’s older, whiter and more male – an uncomfortable development for a party that prizes its diversity.