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Houston will host the third Democratic primary debate this fall

Houston will host the third Democratic primary debate this fall

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A horde of hopefuls will descend on Houston.  Photo by Tim Leviston/Getty Images

This year's third Democratic primary debate will be hosted by ABC News in partnership with Univision and is scheduled for September 12 and 13 in Houston, the Democratic National Committee announced on July 9.

The debate can be seen on ABC in prime time, live on Univision with a Spanish translation and on ABC News Live. The streaming channel is available on the ABC News website and apps, as well as Hulu Live, The Roku Channel, and Facebook Watch.

Details on the format, venue, moderators, and exact timing for the debates will be announced at a later date.

"As the nation's most diverse city, Houston is the perfect place for the Democratic Party's third debate. Leaders like Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee and Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner have been key to making Houston the world class city it is today," said DNC chair Tom Perez.

"Like the people of Texas, our candidates come from all kinds of backgrounds, and are all united by their deeply held values. We've seen firsthand in Texas that organizing everywhere through the Texas Democratic Party has led to victories all across the state, including flipping a dozen state House seats and making the state more competitive than it has been in decades. Houston is the perfect place to showcase our candidates so that they can share their vision for a better future for the American people."

In May, the DNC announced new, more stringent qualifying rules that apply to the debate hosted by ABC News and Univision, and for the debate to follow, slated to take place in October. Hosts for the October debate have not yet been announced.

In order to qualify for the September and October debates, the DNC requires candidates to meet polling and grassroots funding thresholds.

Candidates must receive 2 percent or more support in at least four national polls, or polls conducted in the early-voting states of Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and/or Nevada. Each poll submitted must be publicly released between June 28 and August 28 and be must be sponsored by one or more of the following organizations approved by the DNC: The Associated Press, ABC News, CBS News, CNN, the Des Moines Register, Fox News, Monmouth University, NBC News, The New York Times, National Public Radio, Quinnipiac University, University of New Hampshire, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, the Washington Post, and Winthrop University.

Any candidate's four qualifying polls must be conducted by different organizations or — if by the same organization — must be in different geographical areas.


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