Montana Gov. Steve Bullock didn't qualify to appear in the fourth Democratic presidential primary debates to be held Oct. 15, according to an announcement Wednesday from the Democratic National Committee, CNN and The New York Times.
Bullock did not make the list of a dozen Democrats, based on polling and fundraising criteria set earlier this year.
Those who qualified include former Vice President Joe Biden, New Jersey U.S. Sen. Cory Booker; South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg; Former Secretary of Housing Julian Castro; Hawaii U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard; California U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris; Minnesota U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar; Texas U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke; Vermont U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders; businessman Tom Steyer; Massachusetts U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren; and businessman Andrew Yang.
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Tom Perez, the head of the DNC, was in Helena on Tuesday night to give a speech at the Lewis and Clark County Democrats' annual dinner. After the event, he defended the debate qualification criteria, which Bullock has been vocal in criticizing.
Bullock has missed all but one round of debates so far, qualifying only for the one held in Detroit in July. He said he's suffered because he waited until May, after the Montana Legislature adjourned, to announce his campaign. He's polled around 0-1% and reported raising around $2 million on the first report his campaign filed. He's not yet released a fundraising report for the most recent quarter.