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The debate stage before a 2016 Democratic primary debate hosted by NBC and YouTube in Charleston, S.C. Candidates will need higher poll numbers and more grassroots donors to participate in later debates this year. Mic Smith/AP hide caption

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Newly-elected Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez, right, and Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., who was named deputy chairman at the DNC winter meeting in Atlanta, Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017. Branden Camp/AP hide caption

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President Obama applauds Tom Perez in 2013, whom he nominated as labor secretary. Now, as the Obama presidency winds down, Perez is running for head of the Democratic National Committee. Jacquelyn Martin/AP hide caption

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