Democrats certify candidate lineup for third presidential debate

Democrats certify candidate lineup for third presidential debate
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The Democratic National Committee (DNC) has certified 10 candidates to participate in the third presidential debate, which will take place in a single night in Houston next month. 

ABC News, the organization hosting the debate, first disclosed the official list of participants: former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenDemocrats redefine center as theirs collapses Speculation swirls around whether Bloomberg will make Las Vegas debate stage Pelosi: 'I'm not counting Joe Biden out' MORE, Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersDemocrats redefine center as theirs collapses Speculation swirls around whether Bloomberg will make Las Vegas debate stage Pelosi: 'I'm not counting Joe Biden out' MORE (I-Vt.), Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenDemocrats redefine center as theirs collapses Massachusetts Democrats question deployment of Border Patrol teams to sanctuary cities Speculation swirls around whether Bloomberg will make Las Vegas debate stage MORE (D-Mass.), Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisConway: Trump is 'toying with everybody' by attacking Bloomberg for stop-and-frisk comments The Hill's Campaign Report: New challenges for 2020 Dems in Nevada, South Carolina Beleaguered Biden turns to must-win South Carolina MORE (D-Calif.), Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharKlobuchar, Steyer unable to name Mexico's president in pointed interview Democrats redefine center as theirs collapses Speculation swirls around whether Bloomberg will make Las Vegas debate stage MORE (D-Minn.), Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerSpeculation swirls around whether Bloomberg will make Las Vegas debate stage Conway: Trump is 'toying with everybody' by attacking Bloomberg for stop-and-frisk comments Democratic rivals sharpen attacks as Bloomberg rises MORE (D-N.J.), South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegKlobuchar, Steyer unable to name Mexico's president in pointed interview Democrats redefine center as theirs collapses Speculation swirls around whether Bloomberg will make Las Vegas debate stage MORE (D), former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas), former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro and tech entrepreneur Andrew YangAndrew YangTrump seeks split-screen moments in early primary states More accusers come forward after Evelyn Yang breaks silence on alleged assault by OBGYN Sanders leads Biden in latest Nevada poll MORE.

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The 10-person lineup means that the Sept. 12 debate will take place on a single night from 8 to 11 p.m., unlike the previous two rounds of debates, which were split between two nights due to the large number of candidates that qualified.

The candidates in the third debate will have more time on stage than in previous debates — three hours as opposed to two hours, ABC News announced.

To make the cut for the third debate, candidates had to amass the support of at least 130,000 unique donors and register 2 percent in four DNC-approved polls. The deadline to meet those requirements was Wednesday.

Eleven candidates ultimately failed to qualify for the September event, including Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandHillicon Valley: US hits Huawei with new charges | Judge orders Pentagon to halt 'war cloud' work amid Amazon challenge | IRS removes guidance on Fortnite game currency Gillibrand proposes creating new digital privacy agency Lobbying world MORE (D-N.Y.), who dropped out of the race on Wednesday after it became clear that she would not meet the participation requirements.

ABC is set to announce the podium order for the candidates later on Thursday.