The Democratic National Committee (DNC) announced the Criteria to Qualify for the Jan. 14th Presidential Debate in Iowa, Three Weeks before that State’s Caucuses on Feb. 3rd. The Iowa Caucuses are the First Presidential Nominating Event of the 2020 Presidential Election Cycle.
Location: Des Moines, Iowa
Venue: Drake University
Partners: CNN and The Des Moines Register
A Candidate has Two ways to meet the Polling Threshold to Qualify for the January Debate:
Four Poll Threshold: Receive 5% Support or more in at least Four National or Early State Polls: Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, and/or Nevada. The Four Polls must be Sponsored by Different Poll Sponsors or in Different Geographical Areas if Sponsored by the Same Poll Sponsor.
Early State Poll Threshold: Receive 7% Support or more in at least Two Single State Polls in: Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, and/or Nevada. The Two Polls may be from the Same Geographical Area and Poll Sponsor.
Eligible Polls must be Sponsored by One of the following Poll Sponsors:
ABC News/Washington Post
Des Moines Register
National Public Radio
NBC News/Wall Street Journal
New York Times
Nevada Independent/Mellman Group
University of New Hampshire
USA Today/Suffolk University
Eligible Polls must also meet the following Requirements: Each poll must be Publicly Released between November 14th, 2019, and January 10th, 2020; Each Poll’s Candidate Support Question must have been Conducted by Reading or Presenting a List of Democratic Presidential Primary Candidates to Respondents; Poll Questions using an Open-Ended or Un-Aided Question to Gauge Presidential Primary Support will Not Count. Each Polling Result must be the Topline Number, the Aggregated Result of the Poll, Listed in the Original Public Release from the Poll Sponsor, whether or not it is a Rounded or Weighted Number.
Candidates must also provide Verifiable Evidence that they Reached the following Fundraising Thresholds: Donations from at least 225,000 Unique Donors; A Minimum of 1,000 Unique Donors per State in at least 20 States.
The Qualification Deadline is Jan. 10th, 2020.
Five Candidates have Qualified for the Debate so far: Joe Biden, Pete Buttigieg, Amy Klobuchar, Bernie Sanders, and Elizabeth Warren have already met Both Requirements.
Tom Steyer and Andrew Yang, who Participated in the most recent Debate on Dec. 19th, have Not yet Qualified. Yang has met the Donor Threshold but needs Three more Polls to Qualify. Steyer has Not yet Achieved the Fundraising Threshold and needs Two Additional Polls to Meet the Polling Criteria.
Michael Bloomberg has reached the Polling Requirement, but as he is Not Accepting Contributions to his Campaign, he Won’t meet the Fundraising Threshold.
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