DNC Announces Details For Fifth Democratic Presidential Primary Debate
WASHINGTON – The Democratic National Committee announced Tuesday night that MSNBC and The Washington Post will host the fifth Democratic presidential primary debate, which will be held in Georgia on November 20.
The debate will also be carried live on Urban One and an audio stream will be available on SiriusXM Channel 118, and TuneIn.
The deadline for qualifying polls and donations for the November debate will be November 13 at 11:59pm.
The venue, format and moderators will be announced at a future date, the DNC said.
The release of the new debate details come about two weeks after, the party announced its qualification criteria.
As in the case of the most recent presidential candidate debate, the November criteria require the White House hopefuls demonstrate broad-based support by meeting both a grassroots fundraising requirement and a polling requirement.
But in a departure from past debates, there are now two pathways to reach the polling requirement.
To qualify under the more stringent “four-poll threshold,” the candidate must receive 3% or more support in at least four polls. These can be national polls, or single-state polls in Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, and/or Nevada.
But now there’s also a new polling pathway that provides candidates with the opportunity to qualify for the debate by demonstrating a higher level of early state support through fewer qualifying polls.
To qualify under this so-called “early state polling threshold,” the candidate must receive 5% or more support in two single-state polls in Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and/or Nevada.
This is a new polling pathway that DNC officials say is meant to reward candidates who may be generating enthusiasm in key states even if it isn’t registering in national polls.
Grassroots Fundraising Threshold
In addition to the polling criteria, candidates must also demonstrate that their campaign has received donations from at least:
- 165,000 unique donors (that’s up from 130,000 donors for September and October); and
- A minimum of 600 unique donors per state in at least 20 U.S. states, U.S. territories, or the District of Columbia.
Qualifying donations must be received by 11:59 P.M. on the date that marks seven days before the date of the November debate.
An acceptable certification that the fundraising threshold has been reached and may include verification from ActBlue or NGP VAN regarding the campaign’s fundraising.
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