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

June
debate
July Aug. Oct. Nov. Dec. Jan.
Biden Biden Checkmark Checkmark Checkmark Checkmark Checkmark Checkmark Blue checkmark
Buttigieg Buttigieg Checkmark Checkmark Checkmark Checkmark Checkmark Checkmark Blue checkmark
Klobuchar Klobuchar Checkmark Checkmark Checkmark Checkmark Checkmark Checkmark Blue checkmark
Sanders Sanders Checkmark Checkmark Checkmark Checkmark Checkmark Checkmark Blue checkmark
Warren Warren Checkmark Checkmark Checkmark Checkmark Checkmark Checkmark Blue checkmark
Steyer Steyer Checkmark Checkmark Checkmark Blue checkmark
Yang Yang Checkmark Checkmark Checkmark Checkmark Checkmark Checkmark
Booker Booker Checkmark Checkmark Checkmark Checkmark Checkmark Dropped out
Gabbard Gabbard Checkmark Checkmark Checkmark Checkmark
Harris Harris Checkmark Checkmark Checkmark Checkmark Checkmark Dropped out
Castro Castro Checkmark Checkmark Checkmark Checkmark Dropped out
O’Rourke O’Rourke Checkmark Checkmark Checkmark Checkmark Dropped out
Bennet Bennet Checkmark Checkmark
de Blasio de Blasio Checkmark Checkmark Dropped out
Delaney Delaney Checkmark Checkmark
Gillibrand Gillibrand Checkmark Checkmark Dropped out
Hickenlooper Hickenlooper Checkmark Checkmark Dropped out
Inslee Inslee Checkmark Checkmark Dropped out
Ryan Ryan Checkmark Checkmark Dropped out
Williamson Williamson Checkmark Checkmark Dropped out
Swalwell Swalwell Checkmark Dropped out
Bullock Bullock Checkmark Dropped out
Bloomberg Bloomberg
Patrick Patrick

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
Yang
5% 5%    
 
   
  Blue checkmark
Yang
Needed 2 more
or
Needed 2 more
and  

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.