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.
Who qualified for each debate
|de Blasio||Dropped out|
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.
|5% in four national or early state polls||or||7% in two early state polls||and||Meets donor threshold|
Needed 2 more
Needed 2 more
Sen. Cory Booker (N.J.) met the donor threshold but had no qualifying polls in this or the last debate qualifying period. He has not polled at 5 percent since March.
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (Hawaii) was just one poll shy of qualifying for the December debate — though she announced via Twitter on Dec. 9 that she would not participate in the debate, regardless of her qualification status. For January, she met neither the donor nor poll requirements.
Former New York mayor Mike Bloomberg has polled at least 5 percent in enough national polls, but his campaign said he won’t accept political donations, which prevented him from reaching the donor threshold for January’s debate.
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.