The Democratic National Committee released its criteria for the Feb. 19 presidential primary debate in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Friday.
Candidates have three paths to qualify: (1) receive at least one pledged delegate in the Iowa caucuses or New Hampshire primary; (2) receive 10 percent support in four national, Nevada, and/or South Carolina polls; or (3) receive 12 percent support in two Nevada and/or South Carolina polls.
Each poll must be publicly released between Jan. 15 and Feb. 18.
The donor threshold used in previous debates was eliminated, creating a path to the stage for former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg, who has not accepted contributions to his campaign.
Three candidates have already qualified: former Vice President Joe Biden and Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren. Only two other candidates have at least one qualifying poll: Bloomberg and former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg.
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