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Andrew Yang Qualifies for the December Debate, Becoming the Only Candidate of Color in the Debate

Andrew Yang has qualified for the final Democratic presidential primary debate of 2019, ABC News reports. Of the seven candidates who have qualified so far, Yang is the only candidate of color.

Yang met the polling threshold two days before the deadline. He received 4% support among Democratic voters and Democratic-leaning independent voters in a national Quinnipiac poll released on Tuesday, POLITICO reports.

Yang’s campaign also met the grassroots funding threshold: 200,000 unique donors, and a minimum of 800 individual donors per state in at least 20 states to reach the fundraising threshold.

“We were confident we would make this debate,” Yang told ABC News during his bus tour of Iowa Tuesday. “I’m even more confident we’re going to make the next debate to keep the momentum going, because we’ve been investing a lot of time, energy and resources in the early states in particular.”

The debate will be held on Dec. 19 in Los Angeles. It is being co-hosted by PBS NewsHour and POLITICO. Yang will share the stage with six other candidates: Joe Biden, Pete Buttigieg, Amy Klobuchar, Bernie Sanders, Tom Steyer and Elizabeth Warren.

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