• Democratic debate: Here are the candidates who will be on stage for the second debate

    By: Debbie Lord , Cox Media Group National Content Desk


    The Democratic National Committee announced Wednesday the 20 candidates who will take part in the second debate of the 2020 presidential race.

    The debate, set to take place over a two-night span in Detroit on July 30 and 31, will see the 20 candidates who were at the first debate, with the exception of Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-California.

    Swalwell dropped out of the race shortly after the first debate. Montana Gov. Steve Bullock will take Swalwell’s place.

    To be on the stage for the Detroit debates, candidates had to qualify either by having received donations from 65,000 unique donors in at least 20 states or by getting 1 percent support in three polls sanctioned by the DNC.

    Here is a look at who is in, who is out and what’s ahead for the second debate.  

    Here are all the candidates who qualified for the second debate:

    Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colorado

    Former Vice President Joe Biden

    Sen. Cory Booker, D-New Jersey

    Montana Gov. Steve Bullock

    South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg

    Former HUD Secretary Julian Castro

    New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio

    Former Rep. John Delaney, D-Maryland

    Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii

    Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-New York

    Sen. Kamala Harris, D-California

    Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper

    Washington Gov. Jay Inslee

    Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minnesota

    Former Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-Texas

    Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio

    Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vermont

    Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts

    Author Marianne Williamson

    Entrepreneur Andrew Yang

    Who is out?

    Five other candidates failed to make the cut for the July debates: former Sen. Mike Gravel, D-Alaska;  Miramar, Florida, Mayor, Wayne Messam;  U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton, D-Massachusetts; former U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak, D-Pennsylvania, and billionaire activist Tom Steyer. Only Gravel met the fundraising criteria. None of the five met the polling criteria.

    Who is debating on which night?

    Here is the lineup for each night's debate:

    On the stage for the first night of the debate will be in order from left to right, Marianne Williamson, Tim Ryan, Amy Klobuchar, Pete Buttigieg, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Beto O'Rourke, John Hickenlooper, John Delaney and Steve Bullock.

    On stage on the second night of the debate will be, from left to right, Michael Bennet, Kirsten Gillibrand, Julián Castro, Cory Booker, Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, Andrew Yang, Tulsi Gabbard, Jay Inslee and Bill de Blasio.

    What about the next one?

    According to the DNC, to qualify for the debates in September and October, candidates must have 2% in four qualifying polls and at least 130,000 individual donors. The first two debates allowed candidates to qualify by having either the showing in the polls or enough unique donors.

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