We found out yesterday that 10 Democrats qualified for the next debate. Now we know where they'll stand on stage.
ABC News, in partnership with Univision is hosting the debate. While the DNC certified the eligible candidates, it is the network that determined the podium order. It said that position "was determined by polling averages, based on the last 10 polls certified for qualification by the DNC with the highest polling candidates near the center." Based on this, Joe Biden and Elizabeth Warren take center stage, flanked by Bernie Sanders and Kamala Harris.
Since only 10 candidates qualified, the debate will take place on a single night, September 12, from Houston. It will be a full 3 hours, beginning at 8:00 PM ET.
The 4th debate will take place in October, date and place TBA. Qualifiers for this debate are automatically included in the October debate, while others still have time to make it. Three candidates have met the 130,000 donor threshold, but are short one or more qualifying polls of 2% or more. Those candidates are Tom Steyer (1 poll short of the 4 needed), Tulsi Gabbard (2) and Marianne Williamson (3). If one or more of these make the October stage, that event will stretch out over two nights.
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