June 13, 2019 / 9:59 PM / 5 days ago

Democrats announce 20 U.S. presidential candidates who qualify for first debate

FILE PHOTO: Twenty four 2020 Democratic presidential candidates are seen in a combination from file photos (L-R top row): U.S. Senators Bernie Sanders, Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren, Cory Booker, Amy Klobuchar, Kirsten Gillibrand, Michael Bennet and former U.S. Senator Mike Gravel. (L-R middle row): Former Texas congressman Beto O'Rourke, U.S. Representatives Tulsi Gabbard, John Delaney, Eric Swalwell, Tim Ryan, Seth Moulton, former HUD Secretary Julian Castro and former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden. (L-R bottom row): Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Former Gov. John Hickenlooper, Gov. Jay Inslee, Andrew Yang, Marianne Williamson, Mayor Wayne Messam, Montana Gov. Steve Bullock and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. REUTERS/Files/File Photo/File Photo/File Photo

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Democratic National Committee announced on Thursday the 20 presidential candidates who will participate in the party’s pivotal first debate in Miami later this month, dealing a blow to four hopefuls who will be excluded after failing to garner enough early support in polls or fundraising.Montana Governor Steve Bullock, U.S. Representative Seth Moulton, former U.S. Senator Mike Gravel, and Wayne Messam, the mayor of Miramar, Florida, will not participate in the first debate.

Reporting By Jarrett Renshaw; Editing by Phil Berlowitz

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