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Delaney Qualifies for Second Presidential Debate

Chuck Todd of NBC News greets Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), former housing secretary Julian Castro, former Texas congressman Beto O’Rourke, former Maryland Rep. John Delaney and other candidates after the first night of the Democratic presidential debate June 26, 2019, in Miami, Florida. A field of 20 Democratic presidential candidates was split into two groups of 10 for the first debate of the 2020 election, taking place over two nights at Knight Concert Hall of the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County, hosted by NBC News, MSNBC and Telemundo. Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images

By Alessia Grunberger

ROCKVILLE, MD — Former U.S. Rep. John Delaney is one of 20 presidential candidates to qualify for the second round of 2020 primary debates, according to the Democratic National Committee.

CNN’s Democratic presidential debate will be held in Detroit, Michigan, at 8 p.m. July 30 and 31. Delaney, a Potomac resident, will be on stage the first night.

The candidates who made it to round two largely remained the same from last month’s debates. The only difference is Montana Gov. Steve Bullock (he didn’t appear in the first round of debates in June) will replace California Rep. Eric Swalwell, who dropped out of the 2020 race earlier this month.

To qualify for the Detroit debate, candidates had to either get at least 1 percent support in three separate polls or receive campaign contributions from 65,000 donors from 20 different states, according to CNN.

When it comes to his mark on the 2020 campaign, RealClearPolitics’ polling average shows that Delaney has 1 percent of support from New Hampshire Democratic primary voters. The poll was conducted by CNN and the University of New Hampshire between July 8 and 15.

The former Maryland congressman was the first Democrat to announce for president, back in July 2017. His platform includes fostering business and technology, strengthening the social safety net and investing in infrastructure, along with reforming education, health care and immigration.

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