Elections 2020FederalJulián Castro Fails to Meet the Requirements for Next Presidential Debate

Barring a last-minute miracle, former San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro is not expected to participate in the Democratic presidential debate next week.
November 13, 2019
The candidates in the Democratic presidential primary race are having yet another debate next Wednesday, and former San Antonio mayor Julián Castro will likely fail to meet the requirements to join it.

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.

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Like Castro, former congressman Beto O’Rourke also struggled to secure a spot in the November debate, but he decided to withdraw from the race.

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

Daniel Friend is the Marketing and Media Manager for The Texan. After graduating with a double-major in Political Science and Humanities, he wrote for The Texan as a reporter through June 2022. In his spare time, you're likely to find him working on The Testimony of Calvin Lewis, an Abolition of Man-inspired novel and theatrical podcast.