Dems announce debate candidates: Bullock, Moulton out

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(AP) -- The Democratic National Committee has announced that 20 candidates have qualified for the party's first presidential debates later this month.

The Democratic National Committee announced which 20 Democratic presidential candidates qualified for the first two 2020 debates. (Source: CNN)

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock and U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton of Massachusetts were the only major candidates out of the two dozen Democratic hopefuls who failed to meet the polling or grassroots fundraising measures required to get a debate spot.

Two lesser-known candidates, former Sen. Mike Gravel of Alaska and Miramar, Florida, Mayor Wayne Messam, also missed the cutoff, announced Thursday.

The campaign's opening debates, set for June 26-27 in Miami, will offer a prime opportunity for many White House hopefuls to reshape a race defined in recent weeks by former Vice President Joe Biden's domination of national and many early state polls.

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