There will be 10 people on stage….
There will also be a December 19th one…
While Joe Biden still leads the field?
The drama has heated up below him….
Elizabeth Warren’s health plan roll out has cost her a slight dip in the polls….
Bernie Sanders heart attack hasn’t hurt his poll’s at all…
And Pete Buttigieg is firmly in 4th place…..
The clock is ticking for Democratic presidential contenders hoping to make the fifth debate on Nov. 20— just 6 days left to qualify — and the sixth debate on Dec. 19. And a new survey of the Iowa caucuses by Quinnipiac University has given two candidates the final qualifying poll they need. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard got 3 percent support in the new poll, which qualifies her for the November debate, while Sen. Amy Klobuchar earned 5 percent, putting her on the December stage. By our count, this means 10 candidates have now made the fifth debate and six have qualified for the sixth, so let’s check in to see where things stand for the other candidates.
First up, the November debate. It looks as if Gabbard might be the last candidate to qualify by the Nov. 13 deadline. Of the six other “major” candidates1 who haven’t yet qualified but are still in the race, not one has a single qualifying poll for the fifth debate. Former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julián Castro has met the donor threshold, but he’s had no such luck in the polling department, so watch out — Castro might drop out soon, as he has said it will be “the end of my campaign” if he doesn’t make the stage.
|NO. OF QUALIFYING POLLS||MET THRESHOLD FOR …|
|CANDIDATE||≥ 3%||EARLY STATE ≥5%||POLLS||165K+ DONORS||QUALIFIED|
(As a reminder, making the November debate requires candidates to have four surveys of at least 3 percent support in national or early-state polls, or at least 5 percent support in two polls from the early states of Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina.2 They also need contributions from 165,000 unique donors — including at least 600 individual donors in at least 20 states or territories.)3
There will be NO Mike Bloomberg on stage….