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Democratic debate stage shrinks in half

Aug 28, 2019 - Politico

The next televised showdown for the Democratic presidential candidates will shrink to one debate stage after only 10 of the hopefuls met the polling and fundraising criteria set by the Democratic National Committee.

If any additional candidates had qualified by Wednesday's deadline, ABC News, the sponsor of next month's debate, would have randomly split the candidates in half and held the debate over two back-to-back nights.

Instead, the debate on Sept. 12 will mark the first time th...