As the Democratic National Committee prepares for the next presidential primary debate in Westerville, Ohio on October 15-16, the waves from last week’s debate at Texas Southern University in Houston has reached Atlanta in an unique way. With the resignation of U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, Georgia is in a unique position with two senate seats open in the 2020 and the City of Atlanta could benefit by hosting a primary debate.

“I’m absolutely lobbying for it,” Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said after the debate in Houston. “When you look at what’s at stake in Georgia – two Senate races – there aren’t many opportunities like that. To have that opportunity in Georgia, it only makes sense that we bring this field of candidates to our state.”

No locations have been announced after the upcoming October debate in Ohio, but Atlanta has no shortage of venues that can host the gaggle of presidential hopefuls.

These 11 candidates have qualified for the October debate so far:

  1. Former Vice President Joe Biden
  2. Sen. Cory Booker, of New Jersey
  3. South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg
  4. Former Housing Secretary Julián Castro
  5. Sen. Kamala Harris, of California
  6. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, of Minnesota
  7. Former Rep. Beto O’Rourke, of Texas
  8. Sen. Bernie Sanders, of Vermont
  9. Philanthropist and former hedge fund manager Tom Steyer
  10. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, of Massachusetts
  11. Entrepreneur Andrew Yang

“Georgia represents the future of the Democratic Party,” said Nikema Williams, chairwoman of the state party. “We would love to see national candidates debate the issues in front of the Georgia voters who will take us to victory next year.”

What were the criteria for candidates 

According to the DNC, to qualify for the debate in October, candidates must have 2% in four qualifying polls and at least 130,000 individual donors. Campaigns have until 11:59 p.m. EDT on Oct. 1 to meet the donor and polling thresholds to be included. Candidates who met the September thresholds are automatically in the October debate.

As of the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll, Joe Biden leads all presidential hopefuls with 31% of the vote. Elizabeth Warren is in second place with 25% of the vote and Bernie Sanders is polling at 14%. What is more important at this juncture is only 9 percent of all Democratic respondents say their minds are definitely made up.

From left, Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., and Andrew Yang participate in the second of two Democratic presidential primary debates hosted by CNN Wednesday, July 31, 2019, in the Fox Theatre in Detroit. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Itoro Umontuen currently serves as Managing Editor of The Atlanta Voice. Upon his arrival to the historic publication, he served as their Director of Photography. As a mixed-media journalist, Umontuen...

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