(Emily Aubert) – The Democratic National Committee released its criteria for the Feb. 19 presidential primary debate in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Candidates have three paths to qualify:
- Receive at least one pledged delegate in the Iowa caucuses or New Hampshire primary;
- Receive 10 percent support in four national, Nevada, and/or South Carolina polls; or
- Receive 12 percent support in two Nevada and/or South Carolina polls.
Each poll must be publicly released between Jan. 15 and Feb. 18.
The donor threshold used in previous debates was eliminated, creating a path to the stage for former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg, who has not accepted contributions to his campaign.
Three candidates have already qualified: former Vice President Joe Biden and Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren. Only two other candidates have at least one qualifying poll: Bloomberg and former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg.
Emily Aubert / Ballotpedia via The Center Square