Democratic debate in October to be held over only one night

Democratic debate in October to be held over only one night
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The October Democratic debate will take place over only one night even as 12 candidates have qualified so far.

The first two debates had both been spread out over two nights after the Democratic National Committee (DNC) decided to cap the number of candidates onstage at 10 per night.

But the last debate this month took place over one night, after only 10 candidates qualified because of toughened criteria.

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So far, 12 candidates have qualified for the debate on Oct. 15, most recently Rep. Tulsi GabbardTulsi GabbardGabbard moves to New Hampshire ahead of primary Harris posts video asking baby if she'll run for president one day Krystal Ball: What Harris's exit means for the other 2020 candidates MORE (D-Hawaii).

"To address several inquiries we have received we are writing to let you know that, pending a final decision after the certification deadline, it is the intention of the DNC and our media partners to hold the October debate over one night on Tuesday October 15th," DNC said in an email, the DNC told campaigns in an email, according to a committee spokesperson.

A DNC official told The Hill in an email that the event will take place on one night because the organization's goal is to expand its viewership. The committee also believes the one-night debate worked well in September.

The event will be hosted by CNN and The New York Times. 

The 12 candidates who have qualified are: former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenGabbard moves to New Hampshire ahead of primary Biden hammers Trump over video of world leaders mocking him Trump's legal team huddles with Senate Republicans MORE, Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerLGBTQ advocates slam Buttigieg for past history with Salvation Army Harris posts video asking baby if she'll run for president one day Krystal Ball: What Harris's exit means for the other 2020 candidates MORE (D-N.J.), South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegGabbard moves to New Hampshire ahead of primary LGBTQ advocates slam Buttigieg for past history with Salvation Army Poll: 2020 general election remains wide open MORE (D), former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro, Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisHarris posts video asking baby if she'll run for president one day Krystal Ball: What Harris's exit means for the other 2020 candidates Saagar Enjeti unpacks why Kamala Harris's campaign didn't work MORE (D-Calif.), Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharKrystal Ball: What Harris's exit means for the other 2020 candidates Teamsters to host presidential forum with six 2020 Democrats Democrats hit gas on impeachment MORE (D-Minn.), former Rep. Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeButtigieg picks up third congressional endorsement from New York lawmaker Klobuchar hires staff in Nevada Deval Patrick enters 2020 race MORE (D-Texas), Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersGabbard moves to New Hampshire ahead of primary Sanders to join youth climate strikers in Iowa Saagar Enjeti unpacks why Kamala Harris's campaign didn't work MORE (I-Vt.), hedge fund manager Tom SteyerThomas (Tom) Fahr SteyerHarris posts video asking baby if she'll run for president one day Teamsters to host presidential forum with six 2020 Democrats Booker notes 'anger' over more billionaires than black candidates in 2020 race MORE, Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenGabbard moves to New Hampshire ahead of primary LGBTQ advocates slam Buttigieg for past history with Salvation Army Saagar Enjeti unpacks why Kamala Harris's campaign didn't work MORE (D-Mass.), Andrew YangAndrew YangHarris posts video asking baby if she'll run for president one day Krystal Ball: What Harris's exit means for the other 2020 candidates The Hill's 12:30 Report: Impeachment fight shifts to House Judiciary MORE and Gabbard.

So far no other candidate is believed to be close to meeting the criteria for the October debate, which consists of garnering at least 130,000 unique donors and at least 2 percent support in four DNC-recognized polls.

-- Updated at 12:16 p.m.