Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard is on the verge of not qualifying for the third Democratic primary debate next month, putting at risk her campaign for the presidency. She still needs to obtain 2% support in two more polls approved by the Democratic National Committee by today’s deadline.
Gabbard surpassed the threshold of 130,000 individual donors and has achieved 2% in two out of the four required polls.
So far, 10 candidates have qualified for the debate. If that number holds, all 10 candidates will take the stage Sept. 12 in Houston.
ABC News, which is hosting the third debate in partnership with Univision in Houston, is expecting two more qualifying polls to be released today, which means Gabbard could still have a chance.
Tom Steyer, the billionaire former hedge fund investor from California, is also on the cusp. He needs 2% in just one more poll to qualify.
If either Gabbard or
Steyer makes the debate, then the field of candidates will be split, and the debate will be held over two days.