When is the Next Democratic Debate? Only 6 of 10 Candidates in November Debate Have Qualified for Sixth Showdown

​With the fifth Democratic debate a wrap, candidates will set their sights on the sixth debate—but fewer of them are likely to take the stage.

That is due to higher qualifying thresholds set by the Democratic National Committee (DNC). The debate will take place on December 19 at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California, and will be moderated by PBS NewsHour and Politico.

To qualify, candidates will have to garner 4 percent in four DNC-approved national or early-state polls, or 6 percent in two polls from the early states of Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina. In addition, candidates must have 200,000 or more individual donors.

By comparison, the threshold for Wednesday's debate was 3 percent in four approved polls or 5 percent in two early-state polls, as well as 165,000 unique donors.

The DNC raised the bar for December's debate after a record 12 candidates qualified for the October debate, leaving time for front runners to dig deep into their policy proposals, though they captured more speaking time than the mid- and low-tier candidates. November's debate included 10 candidates.

Here are the candidates who have made the cut so far for the sixth debate:

  • Joe Biden (former vice president)
  • Elizabeth Warren (senator from Massachusetts)
  • Bernie Sanders (senator from Vermont)
  • Pete Buttigieg (mayor of South Bend, Indiana)
  • Kamala Harris (senator from California)
  • Amy Klobuchar (senator from Minnesota)
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The debate stage is prepared for the upcoming Democratic Presidential Debate hosted by MSNBC and The Washington Post at Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta, Georgia, on November 19, 2019. SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images

​​​Among the four candidates in the November debate in the running for a spot in December, billionaire business executive Tom Steyer has already met the polling threshold by getting 4 percent in four national or early state polls, according to The Washington Post on Tuesday. Entrepreneur Andrew Yang has 4 percent in three national or early state polls and needs one more to qualify. Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii has 4 percent in three national or early state polls and needs one more to qualify, as well as 6 percent in one early state poll and needs one more to make it by that avenue. Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey has no qualifying polls in either category.

Polls used for qualification must be released between October 16 and 11:59 p.m. on December 12. The donor benchmark must be reached by 11:59 p.m. on December 12.

The sixth debate was or​iginally set to take place at the University of California, Los Angeles, but the DNC asked media partners to switch the venue after a labor union accused UCLA of illegal conduct and violence against union members and asked candidates to boycott the debate. Loyola Marymount University's Gersten Pavilion can accommodate 2,000 attendees.

Live streams for the debate will be available on PBS NewsHour digital, Politico's website and their social media platforms. It will be broadcast on PBS.

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