With a few days left to qualify, only seven Democratic candidates have made the cut for the sixth Democratic debate.
Stricter rules from the Democratic National Committee have kept the list of qualifiers shorter for this one. Ten candidates made the stage for the November debate, but both the polling and donor requirements have tightened from the last round.
Who has qualified for each debate
|de Blasio||Dropped out|
Under the new rules, candidates need to register at least 4 percent in four polls approved by the party between Oct. 16 and Dec. 12., or at least 6 percent in two early state polls (Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina or Nevada).
Candidates must also earn donations from at least 200,000 unique donors overall, and a minimum of 800 unique donors in at least 20 states.
Two candidates who made the cut for November’s debate are still on the bubble for December.
November debaters who are on the bubble
|4% in four national or early state polls||or||6% in two early state polls||and||Meets donor threshold|
5% 4% 6%
Needs 1 more
Needs 1 more
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Needs 4 more
Needs 2 more
Both candidates have met the donor threshold. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (Hawaii) needs one more qualifying poll to make the stage. A surge of donations following Sen. Cory Booker’s (N.J.) performance in the last debate helped him to reach the donor threshold, but he has no qualifying polls and has not polled at 4% since August.
Former New York mayor Mike Bloomberg has two qualifying polls, but his campaign said he won’t accept political donations, which prevents him from qualifying for the December debate.
The debate rules may not be narrowing the field to the extent the party had hoped. Rep. Tim Ryan (Ohio), former congressman Beto O’Rourke (Texas), Montana Gov. Steve Bullock and Sen. Kamala Harris (Calif.) have all dropped out during this debate’s qualifying window. But former Massachusetts governor Deval Patrick joined the field on Nov. 14, and Bloomberg entered the race on Nov. 24.
About this report
This analysis is based on rules set by the DNC. Individual donor numbers are reported by the campaigns. Polling totals are based on numbers compiled by Politico.