Today the twelve DNC candidates highlighted in green below will take the debate stage in Westerville, Ohio. Since June, the candidates have gathered every month to duke it out. While the field has begun to winnow, there are still nineteen candidates officially running for the party’s nomination.
Since the last round of debates and the Q2 fundraising, five candidates have dropped out with 19 people still running for the party nomination. Primary and caucus voting starts in February, so these last debates will be the final time some of the lower-tier candidates will be able to generate attention and contributions. Those who already have name recognition and funding dollars
will need to convert that into votes, convincing primary voters that they are electable
against President Trump.
To qualify for the debates, candidates must be polling at two percent or higher in four national surveys preapproved by the DNC between June 28 and October 1, 2019. Candidates must also qualify for the debates through fundraising, which means campaigns must raise 130,000 unique donations from 400 different donors in at least 20 states. In earlier debates, people could get on stage by qualifying either through fundraising or polling. Now with both the requirements upped and the standards doubling, the field is beginning to thin.