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DNC set to change Democratic debate criteria again. Here’s what we know

The 2020 presidential candidates are preparing for the Democratic National Committee to limit the field again.

Candidates for president are introduced before the second of two Democratic presidential primary debates hosted by CNN Wednesday, July 31, 2019, in the Fox Theatre in Detroit.
Candidates for president are introduced before the second of two Democratic presidential primary debates hosted by CNN Wednesday, July 31, 2019, in the Fox Theatre in Detroit.
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Democratic presidential candidates are waiting for the Democratic National Committee to unveil new criteria to be included in national debates, according to Politico.

The DNC already cut the amount of eligible candidates in half since the first Democratic debates of this election cycle, which had 20 candidates at the start and has now dropped down to 11 for the upcoming October debate.

In September, 10 candidates participated in the third Democratic debate out of Houston.

DNC could drastically impact the debate stage with its criteria changes. The DNC originally allowed candidates with 65,000 donors and 1% in the national polls to qualify for the first and second debates. Those numbers changed to 2% in the polls and doubling the donor amount for the third democratic debate. That cut the field in half.

“Even a modest increase for November could spell the end of several campaigns that are just hanging on to the debate stage, and while we know the criteria are likely to keep going up, no one knows exactly how it will affect the 2020 field,” according to Politico.

Andrew Yang said he’s frustrated the DNC hasn’t announced plans for November yet.

“My only complaint with the DNC’s process is that they haven’t announced what the heck is going on for the November debates yet,” he said, according to Politico.

He said the DNC rules are helpful, though, since “you just know what to aim for.”

The next Democratic debate will take place on Oct. 15 from Westerville, Ohio, at Otterbein University. So far, 11 candidates have qualified, including former Vice President Joe Biden, New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro, California Sen. Kamala Harris, Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, businessman Tom Steyer, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, and Yang.

Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (who needs two more polls) and Marianne Williamson (a self-help author who needs three more polls) have yet to qualify.