They include U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii, who will join former Vice President Joe Biden, U.S. Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders and six others on stage Nov. 20 in Georgia.
Only six candidates have qualified so far for the Democratic National Committee debate Dec. 19 in Los Angeles, which has higher polling and donor requirements. Gabbard is not yet among them.
To qualify for the November debates candidates must have 165,000 unique donors and either poll at 5% in two polls in Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina — the early nominating states — or poll at 3% in four polls in those states or national surveys between Sept. 13 and Nov. 13.
For December the donor threshold increases to 200,000 while the polling requirements increase to two polls at 6% in the early states or 4% in the early states or national surveys. Only polls released between Oct. 16 and Dec. 12 count.
The first round of actual voting begins with the Iowa caucus and New Hampshire primary in early February.
As of Wednesday, there were still 17 Democrats in the running.
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