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Bill de Blasio drops out: Sept. 20, 2019

New York Mayor failed to qualify for September debate

  • Mayor Bill de Blasio (D-NYC) withdrew from the Democratic presidential primary.
  • De Blasio said on a morning ralk show today, "I'm gonna end my presidential campaign, continue my work as mayor of New York City and I'm gonna keep speaking up for working people and for a Democratic party that stands for working people."
  • De Blasio conceded in an NBC News Op-Ed that he had "reached the point where I feel I have contributed all I can to this Democratic primary."

Survey of 2020 Presidential campaign websites 9 excerpts from de Blasio
Interviews during 2017-2019 (Sunday talk shows during 2019) 11 excerpts from de Blasio
Politico 2020Dems on the Issues 4 excerpts from de Blasio
NBC News, "Decision 2020": first Democratic primary debate, Miami, June 26-27, 2019 7 excerpts from de Blasio
Second Democratic primary debate: Democratic candidates debate in Detroit, July 30-31, 2019 10 excerpts from de Blasio
Mayoral campaign websites (before de Blasio's presidential run) 25 excerpts from de Blasio
Mayoral State of the City addresses (de Blasio's NYC speeches) 16 excerpts from de Blasio
Mayoral press releases (de Blasio's NYC issues) 11 excerpts from de Blasio
Mayoral website (de Blasio's NYC accomplishments) 28 excerpts from de Blasio

Source: See Mayor Bill de Blasio's main page for full issue stances.


Third Democratic primary debate: Sept. 12, 2019

10 contenders in just one evening

Source: See full debate excerpts for all issue-oriented excerpts.


Kirsten Gillibrand drops out: Aug. 28, 2019

New York Senator fails to qualify for September debate

  • Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) withdrew from the Democratic presidential primary.
  • Gillibrand cited failing to qualify for the third Democratic primary debate as "fatal to her candidacy."
  • The criteria for qualifying for the Sept. 12 debate are outlined in our Aug. 15-21 report below (130,000 donors AND 2% in four polls).
  • Ten candidates met both criteria for the upcoming debate; three additional candidates met one criterion (and hence are excluded from the debate).

Off the Sidelines, by Kirsten Gillibrand 14 excerpts from Gillibrand The ten candidates who met both criteria for the Sept. 12 debate:
PBS News Hour "2020 Candidate Stands" series 13 excerpts from Gillibrand
CBS "Face the Nation" interviews (Sunday talk shows during 2019) 4 excerpts from Gillibrand
Jacobin Magazine: Socialist perspectives on politics, economics, and culture 3 excerpts from Gillibrand
2018 New York Senate race: debates and news coverage 10 excerpts from Gillibrand
League of Women Voters 2010 Candidate Questionnaire (Gillibrand's first Senate race) 2 excerpts from Gillibrand
Campaign website from 2006 (Gillibrand's first House race) 7 excerpts from Gillibrand
What Will It Take to Make A Woman President?, by Marianne Schnall 4 excerpts from Gillibrand

Source: See Sen. Gillibrand's main page for full issue stances.


Mississippi Gubernatorial Primaries, Aug. 6-27, 2019

General election nominees selected for November contest

Source: OTI Archives on 2019 Mississippi gubernatorial race.


Another Democrat out; another Republican in, Aug. 23-25, 2019

Rep. Seth Mouton (D-MA) withdraws; Rep. Joe Walsh (R-IL) enters presidential race

  • Seth Moulton, Democratic Representative from Massachusetts, withdrew from the presidential race on Aug. 23.
  • Moulton did not make the cut for the September debates, nor had he made the cut for the June and July debates. He will run for re-election for his seat in Congress in 2020.
  • Joe Walsh, former Republican Representative from Illinois, announced his entry into the presidential race on Aug. 25.
  • Walsh ran for Congress as a Tea Party candidate, and hosted a radio talk-show after leaving Congress.
  • We would say "This completes the list of presidential contenders" but we've thought that before and the field has expanded several times this month!

Source: OTI Archives on 2020 Presidential hopefuls.


Two Democratic governors drop out: Aug. 15-21, 2019

Inslee (D-WA) to run Governor; Hickenlooper (D-CO) to run for Senate

  • Gov. John Hickenlooper (D-CO) withdrew from the Democratic presidential primary on Aug. 15, then announced his candidacy for the U.S. Senate.
  • Gov. Jay Inslee (D-WA) withdrew from the Democratic presidential primary on Aug. 21, then announced his candidacy for re-election as Governor.
  • Both were facing exclusion from the upcoming September Democratic primary debates, which have a deadline at the end of August to meet....
  • Candidates must show 130,000 unique donors (double the 65,000 requirement from the June and July debates)
  • Candidates must poll at 2% or above in four polls (also double the 1% requirement from the June and July debates)
  • Candidates must accomplish BOTH of the above (EITHER criteria was sufficient for the June and July debates).
  • An archive of our coverage of the two candidates, side-by-side:

Political book by each candidate: The Opposite of Woe, My Life in Beer and Politics, by Hickenlooper Apollo's Fire, Igniting America's Clean Energy Economy, by Inslee
Politico 2020Dems analysis 8 excerpts from Hickenlooper 6 excerpts from Inslee
Meet the Press interviews during 2019 4 excerpts from Hickenlooper 2 excerpts from Inslee
"Meet the Candidates" presidential series (New York Times) 2 excerpts from Hickenlooper 4 excerpts from Inslee
South-by-Southwest political conference 3 excerpts from Hickenlooper 2 excerpts from Inslee
"2020 Candidate Stands" series (PBS News Hour) 5 excerpts from Hickenlooper 5 excerpts from Inslee
June presidential debate in Miami 3 excerpts from Hickenlooper 5 excerpts from Inslee
July presidential debate in Detroit 2 excerpts from Hickenlooper 8 excerpts from Inslee
Democratic presidential primary interviews (during 2019) 9 excerpts from Hickenlooper 9 excerpts from Inslee
Presidential interviews for 2020 (during 2017-2018) 17 excerpts from Hickenlooper 26 excerpts from Inslee
2016 State-of-the-State addresses 8 excerpts from Hickenlooper 5 excerpts from Inslee
2017 State-of-the-State addresses 3 excerpts from Hickenlooper 1 excerpt from Inslee
2018 State-of-the-State addresses 7 excerpts from Hickenlooper 6 excerpts from Inslee
2019 State-of-the-State addresses (Hickenlooper no longer Governor) 6 excerpts from Inslee
Where they got elected: Hickenlooper in 2014 Colorado Gubernatorial race Inslee in 2016 Washington Gubernatorial race
Where they are going next: Hickenlooper in 2020 Colorado Senatorial race Inslee in 2020 Washington Gubernatorial race

Source: See Gov. Hickenlooper's main page and Gov. Inslee's main page for full issue stances.


Second Democratic primary debate: July 30-31, 2019

20 contenders debate over two evenings


Steve Bullock and Michael Bennet announce: May 2, 2019

Montana Governor and Colorado Senator both announce for the Democratic nomination for President

Source: See Steve Bullock On The Issues and Michael Bennet On The Issues for links to all of the above.


Joe Biden announces: April 25, 2019

Biden is 21st Democrat to announce for the Democratic nomination for President

Source: See Joe Biden OnTheIssues for links to all of the above.


20th Democratic contender joins debates, April 12, 2019

Rules for debates scheduled for June