Representative Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii became the 12th Democratic presidential candidate to qualify for the October debateafter a poll released on Tuesday showed her with 2 percent support in New Hampshire.
In order to earn a spot on the stage in Ohio next month, candidates must procure donations from 130,000 people and earn at least 2 percent support in four qualifying polls. Ms. Gabbard passed the donor threshold in early August but is only now getting her fourth qualifying poll, a week before the Oct. 1 deadline set by the Democratic National Committee.
Thanks to her standing in the poll released Tuesday, a Monmouth University survey of New Hampshire voters likely to participate in the Democratic presidential primary, Ms. Gabbard will be invited to join the 10 candidates who participated in the September debate,along with Tom Steyer, the billionaire and former hedge fund investor, who has also qualified. The debate will be held at Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio, on Oct. 15 and possibly Oct. 16, and will be hosted by CNN and The New York Times.
It is not yet clear whether the debate will take place over two nights, but Ms. Gabbard’s inclusion adds to that possibility. The June and July debates featured 20 candidates evenly split over two-night events; after the D.N.C. tightened its qualification requirements for the fall, the debate this month was held with 10 candidates on a single evening.
So they may(will) split the debates. Take a guess who they won't put on the same stage as Tulsi. My guess it will be Mrs. High Cheekbones... hahaha.