20 Candidates Qualify for First Presidential Debate

NEW YORK (Reuters) -
Democratic presidential candidate Montana Gov. Steve Bullock, the most high-profile candidate left off the list, failed to reach the party’s polling or grassroots fundraising thresholds. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall/File)

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.