Yang qualifies for third and fourth Democratic debates

White House hopeful Andrew YangAndrew YangCastro qualifies for next Democratic primary debates Eight Democratic presidential hopefuls to appear in CNN climate town hall Biden, Buttigieg bypassing Democratic delegate meeting: report MORE announced Monday that he has reached the thresholds to qualify for the third and fourth Democratic primary debates.

"We did it #YangGang! As of today, we are officially the 8th candidate to qualify for the fall debates," the entrepreneur tweeted. "We are in this for the long haul. Thank you all for your support."

Yang's announcement comes less than a month after he said he met the donor requirement for the third and fourth debates. It also comes a day ahead of the second round of primary debates, which will be held in Detroit.

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Twenty candidates are scheduled to participate in the two-night event this week, but the next rounds are expected to feature fewer contenders because of the higher thresholds.

White House hopefuls will have to amass 130,000 unique donors and receive the support of at least 2 percent of respondents in four qualifying polls to appear in the third debate on Sept. 12 and Sept. 13.

The third debate will be held in Houston at Texas Southern University, a historically black school.

Yang is the eighth candidate to qualify for the third debate, following Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHarry Reid: 'Decriminalizing border crossings is not something that should be at the top of the list' Warren offers plan to repeal 1994 crime law authored by Biden Panel: Jill Biden's campaign message MORE, Sens. Bernie SandersBernie SandersHarry Reid: 'Decriminalizing border crossings is not something that should be at the top of the list' The exhaustion of Democrats' anti-Trump delusions Warren offers plan to repeal 1994 crime law authored by Biden MORE (I-Vt.), Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenHarry Reid: 'Decriminalizing border crossings is not something that should be at the top of the list' Warren offers plan to repeal 1994 crime law authored by Biden Panel: Jill Biden's campaign message MORE (D-Mass.), Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisHarry Reid: 'Decriminalizing border crossings is not something that should be at the top of the list' Warren offers plan to repeal 1994 crime law authored by Biden Sanders leads Democratic field in Colorado poll MORE (D-Calif.) and Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerCastro qualifies for next Democratic primary debates Eight Democratic presidential hopefuls to appear in CNN climate town hall Biden, Buttigieg bypassing Democratic delegate meeting: report MORE (D-N.J.), South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegSanders leads Democratic field in Colorado poll Poll: Trump trails three Democrats by 10 points in Colorado Castro qualifies for next Democratic primary debates MORE (D), and former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas).

Former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro has met the donor threshold but not the polling requirement.

Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharCastro qualifies for next Democratic primary debates Eight Democratic presidential hopefuls to appear in CNN climate town hall Biden, Buttigieg bypassing Democratic delegate meeting: report MORE (D-Minn.) has met the polling threshold but not the donor requirement.

Yang, a political outsider, has seen his campaign powered by strong online support.

His signature issue, a promise of a dividend of $1,000 a month to all adults, has helped set him apart from the field.