Democratic National Committee (DNC)

Who has qualified for the December Democratic debate

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren, former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders at the November debate in Atlanta. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

The Democratic National Committee raised the stakes for the sixth 2020 presidential debate set to take place on Dec. 19 at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, Calif., Politico reports. Six candidates have qualified to appear on stage so far.

The big picture: The new polling requirements could endanger all but the top candidates as participants will have to gain support of 4% in at least four DNC-approved national or early-state polls.

Steyer staffer accused of stealing Harris voter file data resigns

 Democratic Presidential hopeful Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) speaks at a campaign rally in Davenport, Iowa on August 12
Kamala Harris. Photo: Alex Edelman/AFP via Getty Images

A South Carolina aide for 2020 candidate Tom Steyer’s campaign resigned after an internal investigation into allegations that he stole volunteer data from the campaign of Democratic presidential rival Kamala Harris, Steyer's campaign confirmed in a statement late Monday.

Why it matters: South Carolina is a key state, as it holds the first primary in the South. Charleston's Post and Courier first reported Steyer's campaign put its deputy S.C. state director Dwane Sims on administrative leave so it could investigate allegations that he stole the data of thousands of contacts "using an account from when he worked with the S.C. Democratic Party." The South Carolina Democratic Party told Axios it had disabled his account.