When is the Next Democratic Debate? DNC Forgoes Donor Threshold for Nevada Debate

The Democratic candidates went head-to-head Friday in New Hampshire, but they will take the stage again in just 12 days in Nevada.

The Nevada debate, the primary's ninth, will take place on February 19 in Las Vegas. The debate will be hosted by NBC News and MSNBC in partnership with The Nevada Independent. The Nevada caucuses will then be held just three days later on February 22.

In order to qualify for the Nevada debate, candidates are required to meet either a delegate threshold or a polling threshold. The delegate threshold requires the candidate to have been allocated at least one pledged delegate to the Democratic National Convention from either Iowa or New Hampshire.

In order to meet the polling threshold, candidates must meet either a four-poll threshold or an early state polling threshold" To meet the four-poll threshold, candidates must have 10 percent or more support in at least four polls, which can be national polls or Nevada and/or South Carolina single-state polls, according to the DNC. The early state polling threshold can be met if candidates receive 12 percent or more support in two-single state polls in South Carolina and/or Nevada.

In order for a poll to qualify, it must be sponsored by one of 14 qualifying polling sponsors, which include organizations such as The Associated Press, NPR or The New York Times. The poll must also be publicly released between January 15 and February 18 at 11:59 p.m.

This is the first debate to depart from the donor threshold requirement that was integral earlier in the primary, which opens the possibility for former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg to take the stage. Bloomberg is independently funding his campaign and has not accepted donations. However, despite forgoing the donor requirement, this debate does have the most rigid qualification criteria yet.

In a press conference after announcing his victory in the Iowa caucuses, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders called the adjustment, which would allow Bloomberg to enter the debate, "an outrage" and "unfair."

"Rules are rules. People like Julian Castro played by the rules, campaigned really hard. Cory Booker played by the rules. Tulsi Gabbard played by the rules. Andrew Yang played by the rules," Sanders told reporters. "They were here in New Hampshire. They were in Iowa. They work really really hard, and based on the rules, determined by the DNC, they were unable to participate in one or more debates. Now, suddenly, a guy comes in who does not campaign one bit in Iowa, New Hampshire. He's not on the ballot, I guess, in Nevada or South Carolina, but he's worth $55 billion. I guess if you're worth $55 billion, you can get the rules changed for the debate."

So far, only three candidates have qualified for the Nevada debate: former Vice President Joe Biden, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, and Sanders.

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Tom Steyer (L) speaks as (L-R) Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and former South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg (R) react during the Democratic presidential primary debate at Drake University on January 14, 2020, in Des Moines, Iowa. After New Hampshire, Democrats will debate in Nevada. Scott Olson/Getty