Pete Buttigieg Secures Spot in First 2020 DNC Presidential Debate

The out politician surpassed 65,000 campaign donors, meaning he officially qualifies to join the stage.

Out politician Pete Buttigieg has reached his first major goal for campaign donations, meaning he's officially secured an invite to the Democratic National Committee's (DNC) first debate for potential candidates in the 2020 presidential election.

Buttigieg, whose political career includes a more than six-year tenure as mayor of South Bend, Indiana, announced the news early this Saturday, March 16, on Twitter.

"Thanks to you, we hit the @TheDemocrats 65,000 donor goal in order to be invited to the first debate," he wrote. "But we are going to need to raise a lot more money to compete."

The 37-year-old politician officially entered the race this January, when he announced he was launching an exploratory committee to begin his run in the Democratic primary race. If he secures the party's nomination, he'll become the first openly gay Democrat to run for President of the United States.

According to the Indy Star, he's been showing up in recent nationwide polls as the preferred candidate for roughly 1% of Democrats in America.

The first DNC debate could have a very crowded stage.

Since Buttigieg shared his plans to run, a handful of other prominent Democrats—including California Sen. Kamala Harris; former Texas Congressman Beto O'Rourke; and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders—have thrown their hats in the ring, too.