DNC Sets Criteria For December Debate

Grant Boone
October 28, 2019

The DNC introduced on Friday that the sixth debate, hosted by PBS and Politico, will happen December 19 at UCLA in Los Angeles. The televised debate on December 19 will be hosted by PBS NewsHour and Politico. Broadcast partners are committed to providing accessible communications for deaf and disabled audience, according to a DNC statement. But he will have to poll at least 4 percent in six different surveys over the next two months if he is to reach the stage for the party's December debate. The deadline for qualifying polls and donation targets is December 12. So far nine candidates have qualified for November's debate in Georgia. Candidates must meet new polling requirements and a fundraising requirement.

Although the new criteria the Democratic National Committee released Friday for the sixth Democratic primary debate is meant to whittle the field, it appears that at least half a dozen candidates already qualify-or are well on their way to- qualifying for it. Beyond this, though, it seems unlikely that any other candidates will qualify, including past debate participants such as Beto O'Rourke, Cory Booker, Andrew Yang, and Amy Klobuchar will be able to meet the criteria.

To make the December debate, candidates must hit 4 percent support in at least four DNC-approved polls of primary voters nationally or in early-voting states, such as Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada or SC. Candidates will now have to hit campaign contributions from at least 200,000 individual donors - with a minimum of 800 unique contributors in at least 20 states or the District of Columbia.

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The DNC has continuously stepped up the requirements to participate in successive debates throughout the year. Alternately, candidates can qualify by hitting 6 percent in two approved early-state polls and forgo the national polls. Only polls released between October 16 and December 12 will be considered. California Sen. Kamala Harris and South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg need just one more poll to secure their spot on stage - a feat that is essentially guaranteed.

A dozen candidates qualified for this month's crowded debate stage in OH, down from the 20 candidates who qualified in June and July.

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