Aug 31, 2019 - Politics & Policy

October dates set for 4th round of Democratic primary debates

Democratic debate stage

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The Democratic National Committee scheduled the 4th Democratic debate nights for Oct. 15-16 in Ohio at a yet-to-be revealed location, per a Politico report.

The big picture: The October debate round has the same qualifying standards as September's: Candidates must poll at 2% in 4 DNC-approved polls and receive donations from 130,000 unique donors. The 10 candidates who made the cut for the September debate, therefore those same contenders immediately qualify October's.

  • Candidates have until Oct. 1 to qualify and the second night will only happen if more than 10 meet the requirements.
  • The candidates who did not make the 3rd debate now have an extra month, "meaning the stage is expected to grow," per Politico.

What's next: Media partners and location specifics are expected "in the coming days" per the DNC memo shared with presidential campaign teams.

Go deeper: Here's the final lineup for the September Democratic debate

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