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Bullock Misses Democratic Debate For Third Time

Oct 4, 2019
Originally published on October 4, 2019 10:10 am

Governor Steve Bullock has once again failed to qualify for the primary debate stage in his bid for the presidency.

The fourth Democratic presidential primary debate will air in two weeks and Bullock won’t be there. He has yet to break into the top 12 Democrats in the race.

It’s the third time he’s failed to meet the minimum funding and polling threshold to participate..

So far, he’s appeared in one of the three televised debates, participating in the second Democratic debate in July.

The Democratic National Committee, along with debate hosts CNN and the New York Times, determined the qualifiers in May, according to DNC.

Candidates must get two percent or more support in at least four polls. And for donorship, they must get 130,000 donors and at least 400 different donors per state in a minimum of 20 states.

The organizers determined Bullock did not qualify.

The debate is scheduled for October 15 in Westerville, Ohio.

Update October 4: A spokesperson for the Bullock campaign wrote YPR: "This election is going to be decided by voters on the ground, not a set of arbitrary, ever-changing DNC qualification rules. There are more than 120 days until the first voter expresses their preference in Iowa, and Governor Bullock is going to continue to focus on bringing his message directly to them."

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