Former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro (Texas) has failed to qualify for the November Democratic presidential debate co-hosted by MSNBC and The Washington Post.
Castro is the only candidate who was in the October debate to fail to qualify for November 20 debate. Ten candidates qualified including former Vice President Joe Biden, Sens. Elizabeth Warren (Mass.), Bernie Sanders (Vt.), Amy Klobuchar (Minn.), Kamala Harris (Calif.), Cory Booker (N.J.), Tulsi Gabbard (Hawaii), and mayor of South Bend, Ind., Pete Buttigieg (Ind.), Andrew Yang, and Tom Steyer.
Castro’s campaign has been struggling recently, as he had to lay off staff in New Hampshire and South Carolina to allow him to focus on Iowa and Nevada.
For other candidates, missing the debate has led them to drop out. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (N.Y.) dropped out after she failed to qualify for the September debate.
However, there are still several candidates who made appearances on earlier debate stages and failed to qualify for subsequent debates who are still in the race including Gov. Steve Bullock (Mont.), Sen. Michael Bennet (Co.) Marianne Williamson, and John Delaney.
Joe Sestak and Wayne Messam, who have never made it onto the debate stage, are still in the race.
In order to qualify for the November debate, candidates had to hit 3% in four polls, or 5% in two polls from early states, as well have donations from 165,000 unique donors.
Castro has previously attacked the Democratic primary system. In an MSNBC interview on Sunday, he criticized the primary schedule.
“I actually believe we do need to change the order of the states because I don’t believe that that we’re the same country we were in 1972.”
He went on to say that voters in Iowa and New Hampshire take the process “very seriously” but added that he doesn’t think those states’ demographics represent the rest of the country.
Castro sent out fundraising emails asking people to contribute to his campaign on Wednesday, although he was not close to qualifying for the November debate
In order to qualify for the December debate, candidates must reach 4% in four polls, or 6% in two early-state polls, and have 200,000 unique donors.
So far, Biden, Buttigieg, Harris, Klobuchar, Sanders, and Warren have qualified for that debate, with several other candidates close to qualifying.