In order to participate in the debate, candidates need to reach at least 3 percent in four national or early-state qualified polls or at least 5 percent in two early-state polls. Additionally, candidates also need to receive contributions from 165,000 individual donors.
While Castro has reached the required donor count, he has not met the polling requirement in any recognized poll.
Since the deadline for reaching the polling requirement is on November 13 at 11:59 p.m., Castro will not be participating in the next debate unless several qualifying polls are released in the next few hours that show he has received a substantial boost in support.
Near the end of last month, Castro had considered dropping out of the race, but decided against it after reaching his campaign’s goal of raising $800,000.
If he continues to barely register in polls, it may not be long before Castro follows in the same path as O’Rourke.
The race is faring much better for the other candidates who qualified for the debate next week.
The candidates currently confirmed to appear on stage in Atlanta during the November 20 debate include: former Vice President Joe Biden, Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), South Bend mayor Pete Buttigieg, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), businessmen Andrew Yang and Tom Steyer, Sens. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Cory Booker (D-NJ), and Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI).
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Daniel Friend is a reporter for The Texan. He participated in a Great Books program at Azusa Pacific University and graduated in 2019 with a degree in Political Science. He has studied C.S. Lewis’s science fiction trilogy and in his spare time you might find him writing his own novel partly inspired by the series.