Six candidates will take the stage on Tuesday night for the seventh Democratic presidential debate and first debate of 2020. The debate, which will take place at Drake University in Des Moines, will be one of the last chances for the primary field’s top contenders to stand out before the Iowa caucus on Feb. 3.
To qualify for Tuesday’s debate, candidates had to raise from 225,000 unique donors and hit at least 5 percent in four different national polls or 7 percent in two polls from early voting states.
Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey, dropped out of the race on Monday, and entrepreneur Andrew Yang, both candidates of color, reached the donor threshold but not the polling threshold. Yang had been the lone candidate of color in December’s debate.
The seventh debate, hosted by CNN and the Des Moines Register, will feature former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, billionaire Tom Steyer, and former Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Indiana.