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Politics Democrats increase qualifying thresholds for November debate

22:15  23 september  2019
22:15  23 september  2019 Source:   msn.com

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The Democratic National Committee is increasing the polling and fundraising requirements for presidential candidates to qualify for the campaign's fifth debate in November.

Former Vice President Joe Biden speaks as South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Senator Bernie Sanders, Senator Elizabeth Warren and Senator Kamala Harris listen during the 2020 Democratic U.S. presidential debate in Houston, Texas, U.S., September 12, 2019. REUTERS/Mike Blake © Thomson Reuters Former Vice President Joe Biden speaks as South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Senator Bernie Sanders, Senator Elizabeth Warren and Senator Kamala Harris listen during the 2020 Democratic U.S. presidential debate in Houston, Texas, U.S., September 12, 2019. REUTERS/Mike Blake

But the increases are not as steep as the increases from the first and second debates during the summer to the third and fourth debates after Labor Day.

To make the November stage, candidates must have at least 165,000 unique donors across at least 20 states. That's up from 130,000 donors for September and October.

Candidates also must hit 3% in at least four national or early state polls — or hit 5% in two early state polls. That's a new polling pathway that DNC officials say is meant to reward candidates who may be generating enthusiasm in key states even if it isn't registering in national polls.

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