AUSTIN, Texas -- Following Tuesday’s Democratic primary debate in Westerville, Ohio, things are looking a little dicey for Texas’s presidential candidates going forward, at least as far as the debate stage goes.
- 4th Democratic debate took place October 15 in Westerville, Ohio
- Candidates Julián Castro and Beto O'Rourke may not reach threshold to participate in 5th debate
- 5th debate scheduled for November 20 in Atlanta, Georgia, area
In fact, Tuesday may have marked the last debate appearance for former Rep. Beto O’Rourke and former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro.
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Neither candidate has qualified for the fifth Democratic debate, set for November 20 in the Atlanta, Georgia, area.
In order to ensure a spot on the stage, the Texas candidates will have to reach 3% in a minimum of four Democratic National Committee-approved polls or in one of the early-voting states, which consist of South Carolina, Iowa, New Hampshire, and Nevada.
The candidates have the needed donors, but neither are close to achieving the polling requirements.
Speaking on the Capital Tonight set following Tuesday’s debate, Republican analyst Ted Delisi and Democratic analyst Harold Cook agreed Ohio would likely mark the last time the Texas candidates shared the spotlight among Democratic hopefuls.
“I think we’ve seen Beto O’Rourke kind of jump the shark and have to defend what I think is a pretty untenable policy of going door to door to remove people’s guns,” Delisi said.
“I paid a lot of attention to who I believe the second tier of candidates now consists of, and neither Texan was among them, frankly," Cook said. "I’m sorry about that, but I don’t think either of them will appear in any more debates unless something drastic happens not on a debate stage.”
“I don’t see it,” Delisi added.
CNN contributed to this report