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ABC News to host third Democratic debate in Houston

The Democratic National Committee selected Houston to host the third round of presidential debates.
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The third Democratic presidential debate in September is coming to Texas. 

The Democratic National Committee selected Houston to host another two-night event to accommodate as many as 20 candidates Sept. 12-13. 

ABC and WFAA will air the debate. Univision will also air the debate with Spanish translation.

“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 in a written statement. 

The candidates will now have to undergo a stricter threshold in order to qualify for the fall debates. The DNC requires participants to reach 2% in four approved polls and have at least 130,000 individual donors. The largest presidential field is likely to narrow down to six candidates.

The first debates took place in June in Miami with the second set of debates planned for the end of July in Detroit.

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