Six candidates have already qualified for the sixth Democratic primary debate in Los Angeles next month.
The Democratic National Committee chairman has incrementally raised the polling and donor thresholds to qualify for the debates as a way to winnow the historically large field of candidates.
The December debate requires candidates to register at least 4% in four national or early-state polls approved by the party or at least 6% in two early-state polls and to receive donations from at least 200,000 individual donors. The cut off to qualify is 12 December.
The polls must be released between 16 October 2019 and 12 December 2019, which is also the last day to meet the required number of donors.
There are still four candidates on tonight’s stage in Atlanta who have not yet met the requirements for the next debate, although Tom Steyer and Andrew Yang both appear likely to qualify in the coming weeks.
Wednesday night’s debate presents yet another opportunity for those candidates who haven’t yet qualified to raise their profile and possibly attract some additional donations that might help them reach the debate stage next month.