With New Rules, Democratic Candidates Face Challenge

Julian Castro is one of the lesser known candidates running in 2020

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Julian Castro is one of the lesser known candidates running in 2020

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As the presidential election approaches into the fourth month, new rules make it harder for candidates to qualify for debates. The Democratic National Committee announced on October 25 that qualifying for the December Democratic Debate would be even harder for the remaining candidates. Shortly after hearing the news, Beto O’Rourke gave up in the race to become the next president. What does this news mean for the remaining candidates?

   Before the change, candidates had to have at least 3 percent of voters in four polls or 5 percent of voters in two polls to qualify for the sixth Democratic debate. They also had to receive 165,000 different donors with at least 800 in 20 states. Now, things are harder for candidates. Instead of the former required 3 percent, 4 percent is now required in four different states, and instead of the alternative 5 percent, 6 percent of voters in two states are required. Candidates also need 200,000 donors in order to qualify. The Democratic National Committee hopes that this change will make it so that the December debate is the true battleground for the top candidates – instead of hopefuls who don’t have a chance.

   However, this decision brought mixed reactions. People accused Democratic National Committee Chairman, Tom Perez, of making the election so that less well-known candidates didn’t have a chance. The front-runners in the polls passed the harder requirement effortlessly, but candidates such as Julian Castro and Andrew Yang will have a harder time meeting the new requirements. Progressive development is what these candidates hope to do, gaining supporters as the election goes on. The sudden jump of requirements now forces the candidates to get many supporters in a short amount of time, making the playing field uneven.

   Tom Perez denied the allegation, claiming that the intention was not to make it unfair for less-well-known candidates, but rather to find worthy candidates that would have a chance of bringing down current President Trump. By doing this, voters from unfit candidates would turn their attention to the more well-known ones, improving the chances of a Democratic president.

   The Democratic National Committee hopes with these new rules to win the 2020 presidential election. As a result, qualifying for the December debate will be extremely important for candidates hoping to bring attention to themselves and prove themselves as a worthy candidate.

Will the intended result be achieved, or will attention instead be drawn to unworthy candidates? 

 

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