DNC announces new criteria for sixth presidential debate in December, three candidates qualify so far

The Democratic National Committee announced the polling and fundraising thresholds for the sixth presidential primary debate on December 19, 2019.
 
Candidates must now meet one of two polling standards:
 
  • Four Poll Threshold: Receive 4% support or more in at least four national or early state polls—Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, and/or Nevada. The four polls must be sponsored by different poll sponsors or in different geographical areas if sponsored by the same poll sponsor.
  • Early State Poll Threshold: Receive 6% support or more in at least two single state polls in Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, and/or Nevada. The two polls may be from the same geographical area and poll sponsor.
 
Candidates must also receive contributions from at least 200,000 unique donors and a minimum of 800 unique donors per state in at least 20 states.
 
Under these new thresholds, former Vice President Joe Biden and Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren are the only candidates who were qualified when the rules were announced. South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg and Sen. Kamala Harris each needed one more qualifying poll.
 
The debate will take place in Los Angeles, California, at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs. Politico and PBS NewsHour are hosting the event.



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