SAN ANTONIO (KTSA News) — Julian Castro has cleared a major hurdle in his run for President.

The former Mayor of San Antonio and Secretary of Housing and Urban Development sent out a tweet stating he has guaranteed a spot for the first round of Democratic National Committee debates.

Castro needed to secure 65,000 unique individual contributions in order to be included in the debates.

Castro confirms campaign reached the double threshold of polling and unique donors.

“When I started this campaign on January 12, I knew our team would have to work harder with fewer resources, reaching this threshold of genuine grassroots support is encouraging and shows without a doubt that this campaign continues to become stronger and stronger. I’m grateful for the support of so many people from around the country and am looking forward to the debates in June and July.”

The campaign confirms that it has received donations from all 50 states and has received at least 200 unique donors from more than 44 different states and territories.

21 Democrats have announced their candidacy for President and 20 spots are available in the first debate.

If all 21 candidates qualify, the Party will use three tiebreakers to see who will not be taking part. It will come down to who has the most unique donors, who has a better polling average and whether or not they have met both the donor and polling thresholds.

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