Election 2020 Democratic Candidates Update

The Jan. 14 debate, co-hosted by CNN and the Des Moines Register, will be held in Iowa.

Six candidates will take the stage in January’s Democratic debate.

The Democratic National Committee once again ratcheted up the polling and donor requirements in an attempt to narrow the field, despite a signed letter from nine candidates requesting that the rules be relaxed to allow a more diverse field to take the stage. All six qualifiers are white.

Which candidates qualified for each debate

Washington Post

To make the stage in January, candidates needed to register at least 5 percent in four polls approved by the party between Nov. 14 and Jan. 10, or at least 7 percent in two early-state polls (Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina or Nevada).

Candidates also needed to earn donations from at least 225,000 unique donors nationally, and a minimum of 1,000 unique donors in at least 20 states, U.S. territories or the District of Columbia.

Just one candidate who participated in the December debates — tech entrepreneur Andrew Yang — did not qualify for this round. Yang met the donor threshold, but only polled at 5% in two polls. Billionaire activist Tom Steyer narrowly made the cut thanks to two Jan. 9 Fox News polls from Nevada and South Carolina.


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