Michael Bloomberg Qualifies for Democratic Presidential Debates in Nevada

Clay Curtis
February 18, 2020

According to an NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll released on Tuesday, he had the support of 19 percent of respondents, coming in 2nd after Senator Bernie Sanders. Candidates need four national polls showing 10% or more of support, or 12% in two state polls of Nevada and SC. They have until 11:59 p.m. on February 18 to qualify for the debate, which is being hosted by NBC News, MSNBC and the Nevada Independent.

But this poll was also taken before Sanders and his supporters began feuding with the Culinary Workers' Union, which blanketed its membership with anti-Medicare for All messaging after the New Hampshire primary.

No other Democratic candidate got out of single digits in the Telemundo poll, with former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg taking the second runner-up spot at seven percent, just ahead of Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren's six percent, which was just ahead of Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar's five percent.

This will be the first Democratic debate this cycle with new criteria. In total, 99 delegates are at stake in the race.

This means he meets the threshold required by the Democratic National Committee to attend the debate on Wednesday.

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The campaign of Sanders - who leads in national polls, according to a RealClearPolitics average- has accused the DNC of doing Bloomberg's bidding with the rule change.

Bloomberg's surge meant that he cleared a polling threshold set by the Democratic National Committee, placing the former NY mayor on stage to spar with fellow candidates, several of whom have launched broadsides against him, for the first time.

This is the first time Bloomberg has qualified. Bloomberg, in turn, has said that Trump "lies about everything". "That's the definition of a rigged system".

It is the fourth time that Bloomberg has polled at 10% across the U.S., which means he can participate in the next debate. "He's a lightweight. He's also one of the worst debaters I've ever seen".

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