The fourth Democratic presidential primary debate will take place next month in Westerville, Ohio, the Democratic National Committee (DNC) announced Friday, as candidates fight to qualify for the televised showdown.
The debate -- it'll be the fourth round this year -- will be hosted by The New York Times and CNN at Otterbein University, the party said in a news release. The debate is scheduled for Oct. 15. (If enough candidates qualify to split the candidates over two nights, the second will be Oct. 16.)
The announcement came a day after 10 candidates sparred in the ABC News-hosted debate in Houston on Thursday night.
The moderators for October’s debate will be Marc Lacey of The Times, and CNN’s Anderson Cooper and Erin Burnett. It will be the cable network’s second Democratic debate this cycle: CNN hosted the party’s July debate event in Detroit. The New York Times said it will be the paper's first presidential campaign debate in more than a decade.
To qualify for the debate, according to the DNC, candidates must meet a 2 percent polling threshold in at least four qualifying polls; they must also have a minimum of 130,000 unique donors, and 400 unique donors per state in at least 20 U.S. states.
Eleven candidates have qualified for the debate so far, according to The Times. They are: former Vice President Joe Biden, New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg, former Housing Secretary Julian Castro, California Sen. Kamala Harris, Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar, former Texas Rep. Beto O'Rourke, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, environmentalist billionaire Tom Steyer, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, and entrepreneur Andrew Yang.
That leaves several presidential hopefuls still scrapping to make the stage, including Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard and self-help author Marianne Williamson, who have met the donor requirements but not the polling, threshold.
Other candidates who’ve met neither qualification so far are: Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet, Montana Gov. Steve Bullock, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, former Maryland Rep. John Delaney, and Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan.