The Democratic field still fairly large, but not everyone in the running has secured a spot in the next debate, which is taking place in South Carolina this week. It will be co-hosted by CBS News and the Congressional Black Caucus Institute. Twitter is also a partner, and Norah O'Donnell and Gayle King will moderate the conversation, with additional questions from Margaret Brennan, Major Garrett, and Bill Whitaker.
In order to winnow down the group on the debate stage as the race progresses, the DNC continues to set higher thresholds for the candidates to meet in order to participate in each round of debates.
A candidate qualifies for a place on the stage on February 25 by meeting the following requirements:
- Receive either at least 10% in four national polls,
- Or 12% in two polls done in South Carolina.
Only polls released between February 4 and February 24 count toward qualification. Additionally, candidates can qualify for the debate by earning at least one delegate in the Iowa caucuses, the New Hampshire primary, or the Nevada caucuses.
The DNC also recently announced that it will relax one aspect of its debate qualification criteria, and no longer require a certain number of donors.
Here's who will be on the stage next month so far:
Elizabeth Warren, Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, Amy Klobuchar, Michael Bloomberg, Tom Steyer, and Pete Buttigieg have qualified for the February 25 debate, and will appear on stage.
Notably, while Steyer appeared in the first February debate, and did not meet the required threshold for the second, he will participate in the third debate on Tuesday. Tulsi Gabbard has yet to qualify for any February debates, but is continuing to campaign.
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