Andrew Yang Won’t Be Present For Seventh Democratic Debate

Andrew Yang will likely be absent from next week’s debate, if it happens, while Tom Steyer had a late surge to make the cutoff.

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The seventh Democratic presidential debate is scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 14, at 9 p.m. Eastern, hosted at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa.

Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez may move it, however, if the event interferes with a yet-unscheduled Senate impeachment trial for President Donald Trump.

To qualify, the candidates needed to meet polling and fundraising minimums: They needed to either secure 5% support (or more) in at least four national or early-voting-state polls approved by the DNC, or receive 7% (or more) in two early-voting-state polls. (The early states are Iowa, Nevada, New Hampshire and South Carolina.) They also needed to have received funds from 225,000 unique donors, with a minimum of 1,000 unique donors per state in at least 20 different states.

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Democrats Debate

The deadline is 11:59 p.m. Friday.

Here’s who has made the cut as of Friday morning:

  • Former Vice President Joe Biden
  • Former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg
  • Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar
  • Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders 
  • Billionaire Tom Steyer
  • Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren

Businessman Andrew Yang, who qualified for the sixth debate, looks to be notably absent from the seventh.

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Democrats

Steyer was added to the mix late Thursday after surging in polls in two early voting states, Nevada and South Carolina. By one measure ― television ads ― he and billionaire former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg have outspent every other candidate many times over, according to a FiveThirtyEight analysis. As of Friday, Steyer had spent $78 million airing 32 TV ads, while Bloomberg had spent $110 million on seven TV ads, the outlet reported. Biden, to compare, has spent $1.8 million on 10 TV ads so far.

Moderating the next debate will be CNN’s Wolf Blitzer and Abby Phillip, teaming up with The Des Moines Register’s Brianne Pfannenstiel.

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