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The 2020 candidates who have qualified for the next Democratic debate

This image is a four-way splitscreen of Booker, Warren, Harris, and Buttigieg.
Booker, Harris, Buttigieg and Warren. Photos: Scott Olson/Getty Images, Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images, and Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images

The fourth round of Democratic debates will be held on Oct. 15 — and possibly Oct. 16 — near Columbus, Ohio, with at least 11 candidates onstage.

How it works: This debate has the same requirements as September's. Qualifying candidates must reach 2% in 4 DNC-approved polls and draw 130,000 unique donors — including 400 donors in 20 different states. Oct. 1 is the final day to make the cut.

GOP Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner will not seek re-election

Wisconsin Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner. Photo: Bill Clark/Getty Images

Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.) said Wednesday he will not seek re-election after a 40-year tenure representing his heavily Republican district, according to the the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

The big picture: Sensenbrenner is the longest-serving Republican on the House Judiciary Committee and was one of the House managers who presented Bill Clinton's impeachment case to the Senate. House Republicans are hoping to regain the majority from Democrats in 2020, but have already seen 15 retirements so far this cycle — including Texas Rep. Bill Flores earlier on Wednesday.

Former Obama counsel acquitted of lying to Justice Department

Gregory Craig. Photo: Zach Gibson/Getty Images

Gregory Craig, former White House counsel under Barack Obama, was acquitted by a federal jury on Wednesday of a felony charge that he deliberately misled the Justice Department about his work for the Ukrainian government in 2012.

Why it matters, per the New York Times: "The trial exposed in detail how a foreign government was able to harness Washington's industry of lawyers, lobbyist and public relations experts"