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Democratic presidential primary debate coming to metro Atlanta in November

The location of the debate has not been announced yet.

ATLANTA — The fifth Democratic presidential primary debate is coming to Georgia next month, MSNBC announced Tuesday. 

NBC says eight candidates have already qualified for the debate, which will be held on Nov. 20 somewhere in the state. 

Joe Biden, Cory Booker, Pete Buttigieg, Kamala Harris, Bernie Sanders, Tom Steyer, Elizabeth Warren and Andrew Yang are the candidates who have already qualified for the November debate. 

Last month, the Democratic National Committee announced they are increasing the polling and fundraising requirements for presidential candidates to qualify for the primary campaign's fifth debate. 

To make the November debate, candidates must have at least 165,000 unique donors, with at least 600 each in at least 20 states. That's up from 130,000 donors — with 400 donors each in at least 20 states — for September and October. 

NBC says Former Housing Secretary Julián Castro, Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar and former Texas Rep. Beto O'Rourke all appear to have reached the donor requirement, but have not met the polling requirements. 

The deadline for qualifying polls and donations for the debate will be Nov. 13 at 11:59 p.m.

The venue, format and moderators will be announced at a future date. It is being co-hosted by MSNBC and The Washington Post.

11Alive reached out to prominent Democratic name in politics, Stacey Abrams, for a statement on the debate being held in Georgia. She said she is "thrilled" about it.

"We are the premier battleground state up and down the ballot, and we look forward to welcoming the candidates on November 20," she said.

The debate will air live on MSNBC and across the Radio One network. It will also stream on MSNBC.com and the Post's website, as well as across mobile devices via NBC News and the Post's mobile apps and Radio One's digital platforms. 

A fourth debate will be held on Oct. 15 in Westerville, Ohio.


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