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Long-shot 2020 candidate Gabbard may skip Democratic debate

October 10, 2019 11:22 AM

HONOLULU (AP) - Long-shot Democratic presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard says she may skip next week's debate in Ohio.

The Hawaii congresswoman complained in a Twitter message on Thursday about the Democratic National Committee's use of polling to determine debate participants and said the debates are "meant to entertain, not inform or enlighten."

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Gabbard failed to qualify for the September Democratic primary debate. She just barely met the minimum qualifications for the Oct. 15 contest after getting 2% support in a New Hampshire poll.

To appear on the stage in November, the Democratic National Committee is requiring that candidates receive 3% or more support in at least four polls or receive 5% or more support in two single-state polls in the early voting states of Iowa, Nevada, New Hampshire or South Carolina.

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