Where Texas Candidates Stand in Upcoming Debate - NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth
Lone Star Politics

Lone Star Politics

Covering politics throughout the state of Texas

Where Texas Candidates Stand in Upcoming Debate



    Where Texas Candidates Stand in Upcoming Debate

    The qualifications for the next debates are tougher. Right now, former U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke has qualified but former HUD Secretary Julian Castro has only hit one of two benchmarks. (Published Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019)

    The next Democratic debate is scheduled for Sept. 12 in Houston and the criteria to participate is much tougher for candidates.

    To make the cut, candidates must have 130,000 unique donors and score at least 2% of the vote on four Democratic-approved polls.

    While former U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke (D-El Paso) has struggled to gain momentum in his national campaign, he has already qualified for the next debate. He has met both benchmarks, so you will see him on stage in September.

    Former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro isn't there quite yet. While his campaign announced he had met the donor threshold, his poll numbers are not high enough to make it right now.

    Footage Shows Mom's Pleas as Baby is Rescued From Hot Car

    [NATL] Footage Shows Mom's Emotional Pleas After Baby Rescued From Hot Car

    Police released footage of a mother who said she accidentally left her 5-month-old in a car for half an hour in a Goodyear, Arizona, parking lot when she, her sister and other daughter went into the store. Officers are heard on camera saying it was about 99 degrees outside. 

    (Published Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019)

    Castro saw a bump in fundraising after his first debate performance.

    According to the New York Times, only seven of the 20 candidates who participated in this week's debates in Detroit have qualified for the September debates at Texas Southern University. They are O'Rourke, Vice President Joe Biden, senators Bernie Sanders, Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren and Corey Booker, and Mayor Pete Buttigieg.

    Get the latest from NBC DFW anywhere, anytime

    • Download the App

      Available for IOS and Android