Six Democratic primary candidates have qualified for the party’s upcoming debate—and the lineup so far will feature only white candidates. There are just days left before the Democratic National Committee (DNC) will cease to admit additional candidates to the stage.
Before Sen. Kamala Harris of California announced the end of her run, the 2020 Democratic primary had been the most diverse presidential nominating contest in U.S. history, making it all the more noteworthy that the debate-stage field has narrowed to an all-white crowd. The three candidates of color who could make it are tech entrepreneur Andrew Yang, who is Taiwanese American, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii, who is Samoan-American, and Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey, who is black. Whether they will make it to the sixth Democratic debate in Los Angeles may be determined by polls from New Hampshire, where census figures put the white population at 93 percent.