Make-Or-Break Debate Time For Three Democratic Nominee Hopefuls

In case you were wondering we’ve got more than 400 days of campaigning for the U.S. Presidency remaining.

Yeah, is it just us or does it feel as if it has already been going on for 400 days?

Regardless, the Democrats are preparing for their next debate in their attempt to take back the White House in 2020.

Since the last debate, two Democrats have dropped out of the race:

  • Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper pull the plug on his presidential campaign and declared he is now a candidate for the U.S. Senate, challenging Republican Sen. Cory Gardner.

  • Washington Gov. Jay Inslee announced he was dropping out of the race for the Democratic nomination for president while on “The Rachel Maddow Show’ Wednesday night. In an email scheduled to be sent to supports on Thursday, Inslee will say he will seek a third term as governor.

Even with those departures from the Democratic race, the next debate is on the precipice of still being split into a two-night affair in Houston, scheduled for Sept 12 with Sept. 13 penciled in, if needed.

If the Democratic National Committee certifies 10 or fewer candidates, the debate will be held on one night.

In order to make the debate stage, candidates from cross a threshold in both polling and grassroots-funding.

As of this publishing, there are 10 candidates who have qualified. They are:

  • Former Vice President Joe Biden

  • New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker

  • South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg

  • Former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro

  • California Sen. Kamala Harris

  • Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar

  • Former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke

  • Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders

  • Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren

  • Entrepreneur Andrew Yang

BetOnline is offering prop bets on the chances three candidates have of making the Houston debate state.

Two candidates, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, have both participated in the previous Democratic debates and have yet to qualify for the third debate.

Billionaire progressive candidate Tom Steyer, who has yet to appear on a debate stage, is still attempting to qualify as well.

Steyer needs only one more qualifying poll to make the stage; Gabbard of Hawaii is two polls short and Gillibrand has the toughest row to hoe – 20,000 more donors and three more polls.

If any of the three qualify, the debate will split to two nights and on Aug. 29 a selection process will randomly assign candidates to a night.

It appears author Marianne Williamson and New York Mayor Bill De Blasio will not be on the debate stage.

ABC News is the debate host and announced this week that George Stephanopoulos and David Muir would moderate along side correspondent Linsey Davis and Univision anchor Jorge Ramos.

Unrelated to the debate, My Bookie has a wager posted asking if Mark Cuban, owner of the Dallas Mavericks, will throw his hat into the ring for president of the United States. Cuban had said earlier in the year that IF he ran, he would join as an independent candidate.

The wagers on BetOnline are:

Kirsten Gillibrand Qualifies for September Democratic Debate

  • Yes +600

  • No -1200

Our Pick: NO

Tom Steyer Qualifies for September Democratic Debate

  • Yes -500

  • No +300

Our Pick: YES

Tulsi Gabbard Qualifies for September Democratic Debate

  • Yes +400

  • No -800

Our Pick: NO

MyBookie bet:

Mark Cuban Declare Himself Candidate For 2020 U.S. President?

  • YES +500

  • NO -1000

Our Pick: NO