2020 Democratic debates

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.

All the qualifiers for November's Democratic debate

A picture of Biden, Sanders and Warren on a previous debate stage.
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The November Democratic primary debates, hosted by MSNBC and the Washington Post, are scheduled to take place in Georgia on Nov. 20. Ten presidential candidates have qualified to appear on stage, leaving former HUD Secretary Julián Castro as the notable exception.

How it works: A candidate must reach 3% in at least four accepted polls to qualify, or reach 5% in two single-state polls in Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and/or Nevada. A candidate must also attract 165,000 unique donors and a minimum of 600 unique donors per state in at least 20 states.