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countdown to the twenty twenty U. S. presidential elections and democratic hopefuls have faced their first challenge who gets to do get out on the debate stage on Thursday the Democratic National Committee unveiled the line up for its first pivotal debate in Miami later this month twenty candidates made the cut while for our out including representative south Molton of Massachusetts former senator might Gravelle we mess of a mayor from Florida and Montana governor Steve balik writers ginger Gibson says the news has stirred some outrage especially when it comes to Blake he thought that he was going to qualified there was a poll that was conducted by ABC that would have helped to meet the threshold to qualify for that debate %HESITATION but the DNC has decided that poll does not count and therefore a sitting governor is being turned away from the democratic debate meanwhile some %HESITATION what would be normally considered a lesser known are fringe candidates like Marianne Williamson %HESITATION who has never held public office before %HESITATION or a Jew Yang who's running on sort of a single issue and is also a bit of a fringe candidate have qualified for the debate this year's crowded field of candidates has made things tricky for the Democratic Party it's laid down some rules in order to trim the number who will take the stage candidates must have won a minimum of one percent support in three polls and donations from at least sixty five thousand people including two hundred donors in each of twenty states all this has sparked some criticism within the party it was meant to keep out some of the long shot fringe candidates , once you don't really stand much of a chance %HESITATION and it was thought that a big debate stage would allow some of the lesser known maybe office holders like a governor %HESITATION to get some name recognition and it seems the opposite has happened the debates will be held over two nights on June twenty sixth and twenty seventh with presidential hopefuls randomly divided between the two nights however those on top of the polls will be spread out evenly giving lesser known candidates a chance for their viral movement on the national stage