Democratic presidential candidate Julián Castro will not qualify for the November debate.
The former Housing and Urban Development Secretary did not hit 3% in four Democratic National Committee (DNC)-approved polls on Wednesday, the deadline for candidates to meet the DNC requirement, Politico reports.
The debate, co-hosted by MSNBC and The Washington Post, will take place on November 20 in Atlanta. Ten candidates, including Elizabeth Warren, Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, Cory Booker, Pete Buttigieg, Tulsi Gabbard, Kamala Harris, Amy Klobuchar, Tom Steyer and Andrew Yang, all met the necessary requirements and are expected to participate.
Castro, however, isn’t the only candidate still in the race who didn’t make the cut. Marianne Williamson, Michael Bennet, Steve Bullock, John Delaney, Joe Sestak and Wayne Messam will all be missing from the stage as well.
Despite the former San Antonio mayor leading on several issues, including being the first to release a substantive immigration plan, calling police brutality a form of gun violence and endorsing impeachment proceedings for President Donald Trump, he has continued to face multiple obstacles throughout his campaign. Last month, he warned that he would have to drop out of the race if he didn’t reach $800,000 in donations in two weeks. While his team was able to fund more than what was needed, he was still forced to lay off staff in New Hampshire and South Carolina.
Regardless of the odds against him, Castro, the only Latino in the race, contends to stay in the race.