Moulton confirms he'll miss first Democratic debate

Moulton confirms he'll miss first Democratic debate
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Rep. Seth MoultonSeth MoultonMarkey fundraises ahead of Kennedy primary challenge The Hill's Campaign Report: De Blasio drops out | Warren gains support from black voters | Sanders retools campaign team | Warning signs for Tillis in NC Young insurgents aren't rushing to Kennedy's side in Markey fight MORE (D-Mass.) confirmed Thursday that he will miss the first Democratic presidential debate in June, citing his late entrance into the race. 

"I knew that getting in the race so late there was a strong chance I’d miss the first debate—and yes, I will. But fear not! I’m not losing any sleep over it, and neither should you," Moulton said in an email to supporters. 

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"This race is a marathon, not a sprint. At this point in the 2016 presidential campaign, Jeb Bush was leading in the Republican primary. Ben CarsonBenjamin (Ben) Solomon CarsonCarson defends transgender comments, hits media for 'mischaracterizations' Ben Carson's remarks during San Francisco visit spark backlash Democrats blast HUD for removing LGBT language from grant competition MORE was in second. And Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpAlaska Republican Party cancels 2020 primary Ukrainian official denies Trump pressured president Trump goes after New York Times, Washington Post: 'They have gone totally CRAZY!!!!' MORE hadn’t even announced his candidacy yet," he continued. 

The Massachusetts congressman announced his candidacy in April, and has yet to register in any national polls. 

Moulton's announcement comes one day after the Wednesday deadline to qualify for the June 26 and 27 debates in Miami, where only 20 candidates will get a spot on the stage. 

Ten candidates are slated to appear onstage each night. 

The televised event will give candidates a chance to stand out from the crowded pack, which has been largely led by former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenUkrainian official denies Trump pressured president Trump goes after New York Times, Washington Post: 'They have gone totally CRAZY!!!!' Warren overtakes Biden in Iowa for first time: poll MORE