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  Debate rules upend the way Democrats run for office
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Last EditedPA Indy  Sep 23, 2019 09:43am
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AuthorDavid Siders
News DateMonday, September 23, 2019 03:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionIt began as nothing more than a device to govern an unruly primary field.

But the bar set for Democrats to qualify for this year’s presidential debates has become a force in its own right, more consequential than any of the early debates it administered — and with unintended effects that continue to ripple through the party.

In the seven months since they were first announced, the standards — a combination of increasingly higher polling and fundraising thresholds — have upended various campaigns’ tactics and become the proximate cause of multiple withdrawals from the race.
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