The Latest: Dems announce 20 candidates who made 1st debates

Steve Bullock

Democratic presidential candidate Steve Bullock speaks during the Iowa Democratic Party’s Hall of Fame Celebration, Sunday, June 9, 2019, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

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The Latest on the first Democratic presidential debates (all times local):

6 p.m.

The Democratic National Committee has announced the 20 candidates who have qualified for the party’s first presidential primary debates later this month.

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock was the most high-profile candidate left off the list. He failed to reach the party’s polling or grassroots fundraising thresholds.

U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton of Massachusetts, former U.S. Sen. Mike Gravel of Alaska and Miramar, Florida, Mayor Wayne Messam were among the others who missed the threshold for the debate.

Bullock’s campaign has argued that he should have qualified but that the DNC changed its rules midstream, a charge that DNC Chairman Tom Perez rejects.

The debates will take place June 26-27 in Miami. NBC News plans Friday to hold a random drawing assigning 10 candidates to each night.


11:50 a.m.

The Democratic National Committee is set to announce that as many as 20 presidential candidates have qualified for the first debates later this month.

Perhaps the biggest news coming out Thursday is about those Democrats who aren’t in line to make those debates, set for June 26-27 in Miami. That list could include Gov. Steve Bullock of Montana and Sen. Michael Bennet of Colorado.

Bullock’s campaign insists he’s reached a party benchmark of a minimum 1 percent in at least three polls by approved organizations. But party officials say Bullock is wrongly counting a Washington Post-ABC poll from February.

An NBC News drawing Friday will divide the large field between the first and second debate night.

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