- Democratic presidential candidates have to meet certain polling and donation thresholds in order to secure a spot on the debate stage this summer.
- The maximum number of candidates that can qualify is 20, after which the field will be narrowed by the Democratic National Committee in the event too many candidates qualify.
- Sen. Michael Bennet of Colorado became the 20th candidate to qualify.
- The DNC is also deciding which polls are considered legitimate and which are not, angering candidates upset by the process who are at risk of being excluded.
- The DNC announced the official lineup of candidates in the debate on June 13.
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Rules set forth by the Democratic National Committee have created a threshold for 2020 presidential candidates looking to get a spot on stage at the first set of primary debates taking place later this month in Miami.
Candidates must meet one of two different minimums at least two weeks before the first debate:
- Receive campaign contributions from at least 65,000 different individuals.
- Achieve 1% in three separate polls from news and polling organisations approved by the DNC.
In the event more than 20 Democrats meet either of the required minimums, the DNC said it would narrow the field using a combination of the two thresholds.
According to Politico, the DNC said Bullock’s qualifying Washington Post/ABC News poll does not count, putting him on the outside and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio on the insider. The deadline for Bullock and all candidates who haven’t yet qualified to do so was June 12.
On June 13, the DNC released the official list of candidates who will participate in the debates. The debates will be held on June 26-27, and a random drawing will assign 10 candidates to each night.
In a crowded field of candidates, the hurdles proved to be a lot more difficult; candidates are scrambling for donations and developing new and unique strategies to boost their campaign contributions.
Former Vice President Joe Biden immediately qualified for the debates upon announcing his campaign, having been in top spot of virtually every poll in 2019. Biden has also passed the donor requirements.
Former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke easily passed the donor threshold within the first 24 hours of his campaign launch, bringing in a fundraising haul of $US6.1 million from 128,000 separate contributors, averaging $US48 per donation. O’Rourke has also placed above 1% in several polls.
Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont has met both the polling and donations requirements to reserve a spot on stage at the debates. Sanders raked in more than $US4 million from over 150,000 donors within 10 hours of his campaign launch. He also registers close to the top of nearly every national poll.
Mayor of South Bend, Indiana, Pete Buttigieg has seen a rapid rise in popularity recently, which has put him over the top in both campaign contributions and polling. Buttigieg has surpassed 1% in four different DNC-approved polls.
Sen. Kamala Harris of California has registered fairly high in many polls, giving her an easy footing in the upcoming primary debates. Harris has also passed the donor threshold.
Former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro has surpassed the 65,000 donor threshold and registered in enough polls to qualify for the debate stage.
Rep. Tulsi Gabbardof Hawaii – the former Democratic National Committee Vice Chairwoman – surpassed the 65,000 donor threshold on April 10. She has also met the polling requirement.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts has reached at least 1% in Monmouth University, the Des Moines Register, CNN, and more. She has also passed the donor threshold.
Like many of the other candidates, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York has polled at least 1% in the DNC-approved surveys. Gillibrand also met the 65,000 donor threshold in June.
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has reached 1% in three DNC-approved polls, including Fox News, CNN, and the Des Moines Register. Inslee’s campaign also announced he has surpassed 65,000 donors.
Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper has met the 1% minimum in enough polls, putting him in the qualifying group of candidates. He has yet to earn enough donors.
Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota has already surpassed the minimum 1% in at least three separate polls and received more than 65,000 donations.
Former Maryland Rep. John Delaney has reached at least one per cent in three polls, including surveys from the Des Moines Register, Fox News, and Monmouth University. Delaney has yet to receive enough donations.
California Rep. Eric Swalwell has obtained at least 1% in three separate polls, but not earned enough donations.
Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan has qualified for the debates through polling. He has not yet passed the donor threshold.
Author and self help guru Marianne Williamson reached the donor threshold in May, according to her campaign. Williamson has also met at least 1% in three approved polls.
Sen. Micahel Bennet of Colorado has obtained at least 1% in three separate DNC approved polls, but still has yet to obtain enough donations.
Bill de Blasio
The New York City mayor has met the polling threshold shortly after announcing his 2020 presidential bid in May.
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