John Hickenlooper and Michael Bennet’s fairy godmothers pooled their magic for some extra bibbidi-bobbidi-boo so that both Coloradans would qualify for the presidential debate in Miami.
We don’t know who made the first night cut for June 26 or who got left behind for the 27th. Democrats say they’re just going to pull names out of a hat or something.
And we don’t know in which order they qualified.
Because everyone is a winner in the Democrat Party, all the names were released in alphabetical order.
We’ll save you the trouble for digging to see who didn’t make the cut, it was Montana Gov. Steve Bullock, U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton of Massachusetts and Mayor Wayne Messam of Miramar, Florida.
The 20 candidates who qualified are: Bennet; former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr.; Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey; Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Ind.; former housing secretary Julián Castro; Mayor Bill de Blasio of New York; former Representative John Delaney of Maryland; Representative Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii; Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York; Senator Kamala Harris of California; Hickenlooper; Gov. Jay Inslee of Washington; Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota; former Representative Beto O’Rourke of Texas; Representative Tim Ryan of Ohio; Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont; Representative Eric Swalwell of California; Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts; author Marianne Williamson; and Andrew Yang.
To qualify, candidates had to average 1% in at least three of a billion major polls conducted this cycle, or collect 65,000 individual contributions.
We’re guessing Hick and Bennet slide in with the 1% requirement.
However, their overall polling average is still lagging: Bennet has .08% and Hick is in second to last place with .04%.
Our dream team is for both men to debate on the same night, alongside Sanders, Biden, Warren, Klobuchar, Buttigieg, Yang, Harris, and O’Rourke.
Not because we think it would be interesting, just to spare us from having to watch both nights.