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DNC Announces Thresholds for Dem Candidates to Make the Debate Stage

The first DNC-sponsored debate is scheduled to take place in June and will be hosted by NBC News, MSNBC, and Telemundo.

By NTK Staff | 02.14.2019 @4:46pm
DNC Announces Thresholds for Dem Candidates to Make the Debate Stage

The Democratic National Committee (DNC) announced Thursday its criteria for eligibility for presidential debates. Though the debates are still months away, candidates are already angling for positions and now they know exactly what they’ll need to make it.

According to a Politico report, Democrats must reach polling and fundraising thresholds to earn a spot on the dais:

For its first two debates this year, the DNC said a candidate may qualify for the stage either by reaching 1 percent support in three separate polls — including national polls or early nominating state polls — or by meeting a grass-roots fundraising threshold.

For the first debate, a candidate seeking to qualify through the fundraising method must receive donations from 65,000 people in at least 20 different states, the DNC official said.

The first debate is scheduled for June and will be hosted by NBC News, MSNBC, and Telemundo. CNN will host the second debate in July.

The DNC hopes to limit the number of candidates to 20, with a maximum of 10 appearing on a stage one night and 10 appearing on the stage the following weekday night. If more than 20 candidates qualify, “the field will be winnowed using a methodology that gives preference to candidates meeting both the polling and fundraising thresholds, followed by candidates with the highest polling average,” per Politico.

Democrats are planning for 12 presidential primary debates over the course of about a year.

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