2020 Democratic debates

DNC offers low-tier candidates a shot at qualifying for Feb debate

In this image, Biden, Sanders, Buttigieg, Klobuchar, Warren, and Steyer stand at the seventh Democratic debate
The seventh Democratic debate on Jan. 14. Photo: Robyn Beck/AFP via Getty Images

The next Democratic debate offers candidates left behind by increasingly difficult Democratic National Committee rules the chance to get back on stage, New York Times' Maggie Astor writes.

Why it matters: The DNC's new rule, which allows candidates to qualify for the Feb. 7 debate by gaining just one pledged delegate from the Iowa caucuses, could land candidates like Andrew Yang back in the mix and, possibly for the first time, Michael Bloomberg.

Who's qualified for the Democratic debate in New Hampshire

Elizabeth Warren, Joe Biden and BErnie Sanders. Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images
Elizabeth Warren, Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders. Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images

The next Democratic debate scheduled for Feb. 7 will fall after the Iowa caucuses, four days before the New Hampshire primary, and so far will feature the same six candidates on stage from the last time, ABC News reports.

The state of play: The Democratic National Committee added a new method for contenders to qualify for its February debate, allowing any candidate who wins at least one pledged delegate to the DNC from the Iowa caucuses to participate without meeting polling and donor thresholds.