It seems the DNC has tightened the criteria for people to appear in the September debates. But - how long do the candidates have to meet the criteria? Do they need to meet it now already?

  • While that article is relatively objective (and the article is correct), the source doesn't look like the best.
    – Obie 2.0
    Jun 13, 2019 at 20:58
  • @Obie2.0: Ok, so, apparently I didn't understand your comment. What were you saying about the source?
    – einpoklum
    Jun 13, 2019 at 21:04
  • The information is correct, but the source looks less than objective and wouldn't be something I'd cite when there are others. I thought that was clear from the first comment.
    – Obie 2.0
    Jun 13, 2019 at 21:04
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    @Obie2.0: It came up on a search and has nice pictures of donkeys :-)
    – einpoklum
    Jun 13, 2019 at 21:05
  • The first result (or one of the first) in your search for news about democratic debate rules changes was a fairly obscure site?
    – Obie 2.0
    Jun 13, 2019 at 21:06

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There are two criteria that need to be met in order to qualify for the September 12/13 debates.

Polling: Candidates must achieve at least 2% in at least four qualifying polls, released between June 28 and August 28.

Fundraising: Candidates must receive donations from at least 130,000 unique donors, including at least 400 unique donors from each of 20 different states, by the end of the day on August 28.

No candidates will be able to qualify for another couple of weeks because of the first rule.

Source: DNC Press Release, May 29

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