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DNC ups the requirements for its December debate

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The October Democratic debate. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

The Democratic National Committee raised the stakes for the sixth 2020 presidential debate on Dec. 19 at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, Calif. Politico reports.

Why it matters: The new polling requirements could endanger all but the top five candidates as participants will have to gain support of 4% in at least four DNC-approved national or early-state polls. They can also qualify by hitting 6% in two approved early-state polls.

  • Candidates also need donations from at least 200,000 unique donors, with a minimum of 800 donors in 20 states.

The state of play: Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, Pete Buttigieg and Kamala Harris have managed to hit those those thresholds so far, but second-tier candidates could face an uphill battle.

  • The cutoff date to make the sixth debate is Dec. 12.

But first: The November debate has nine qualified participants so far — with Julián Castro and Tulsi Gabbard still on the outside looking in.

Go deeper: Here's who has qualified for the November Democratic debate