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DNC Makes it Tougher for Lower Tier Candidates to Appear in Fifth Debate

DNC Makes it Tougher for Lower Tier Candidates to Appear in Fifth Debate

It’s time for the low polling candidates to move on.

This may be a sign that the lower tier 2020 Democratic presidential candidates should drop out.

The Democratic National Committee (DNC) announced the criteria for the fifth debate in November. Key point: We still do not know the date of the November debate or where it will take place.

From Politico:

Candidates will need to clear 3 percent in four DNC-approved polls, up from the 2 percent required to qualify for the September and October debates. But the committee also created an additional early-state path to qualify: garnering 5 percent in two approved polls conducted in Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada or South Carolina.

Additionally, candidates now need to receive donations from 165,000 unique donors — up from 130,000 from the September and October debates — with 600 unique donors in 20 different states, territories or the District of Columbia.

The DNC has largely left the existing tests for the candidates in place, with only slightly higher bars for them to clear. For the main, 3-percent threshold, candidates still cannot count polls released by the same sponsor in the same geographical area twice. But under the higher, 5-percent path in the early states, candidates can repeat polls from the same sponsor in the same geographical area, a nod to the infrequency of early-state polls.

Polls must be released between Sept. 13 and seven days before the November debate — the timing or location of which has not yet been announced — to count toward qualification. The list of approved poll sponsors was tweaked slightly to specify news organizations that have polling partnerships. For example, NBC News’ partnerships with The Wall Street Journal and Marist College are included, but now excluded would be any NBC News/SurveyMonkey polls that counted toward the third and fourth debates.

The field has 19 candidates. The New York Times reported that 11 of those candidates met the 165,000-donor threshold.

The October debate will have 11 candidates on stage. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) needs to have the numbers in one more qualifying poll to appear in the debate.

The new rule will likely not affect Vice President Joe Biden and Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA). It may also not harm Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) or South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg. Those five candidates may qualify as soon as Tuesday. They reached 5% in the Des Moines Register/Mediacom/CNN Iowa poll on Saturday. Monmouth University will release its poll “conducted in New Hampshire” on Tuesday.

Sens. Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Robert O’Rourke, and Andrew Yang have hit “3 percent in at least one of the three-DNC-approved polls that count for the November debate released thus far.”

Julian Castro, Tom Steyer, and Gabbard have not reached 3% in any of those polls.


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“Key point: We still do not know the date of the November debate or where it will take place.”

It’s OK. Nothing worthwhile will happen.

As far as I am concerned, they can all be dropped. I am not willing to vote for a single one of them.

The DNC ant this to look above board when it’s all a magician’s tricks. Approved poll?? Really with a 5% plus MOE? That’s fantasy and a PUSH POLL.

Morning Sunshine | September 24, 2019 at 10:18 am

I don’t know if it is a good thing or a bad thing that the only moderately tolerable and reasonable candidate is being kept off the stage cuz she took out one of the sacred “chosen” ones in 30 seconds.

    Gabby is not reasonable, she is a far left radical and probably should be in military jail for calling President Trump a pimp, she who can’t complete a sentence without re informing us of her military history.
    Because she did one good thing, expose Kamala-Toe, everyone gives the radical lefty a pass
    Not I

      notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to gonzotx. | September 24, 2019 at 2:19 pm

      Completely correct.

      Also remember it is part of the DNC plans in running ex-military members who pretend to be moderate when in
      reality they’re as big of FLAMING LEFTISTS as Mayor Pete of South Bend, IN.

      Barry in reply to gonzotx. | September 24, 2019 at 3:14 pm


      She’s a left wing moonbat, just slightly less moonbatty than a couple others.

Oh no! The clown car won’t be the same without all the clowns piling out of it on stage!

I wonder what wackiness the new criteria will prompt from Beto?

“Hell yes we’re going to confiscate your free speech!”

Between now and November I suspect he’ll spit f-bombs like an AR-15 spits lead and new T-shirts to boot!

This is what I fear will happen and I hope Trump is ready for this. All of the candidates except Tulsi Gabbard, are far left nut jobs who will never beat Trump. Tulsi has been positioned as the not-crazy, outsider, taking on Google and the media and the old established Warren/Biden/Bernie crowd. She has been sheltered from having to appear at the far left debates and get on record talking crazy talk.

Isn’t that convenient? Nobody left on stage who isn’t crazy and could split the vote assuring her a win. She’s the easy pick.

Look at the way she holds her head when she talks. She has been coached by the same coach as Obama. A vacuous mind that holds her head up slightly, talking slowly and turning head side to side. I think she will make the last debate, and suddenly, viola! Tulsi will be the golden girl who came from behind and conquered the Warren/Bernie zombies of the past, without the help of the unloved media or DNC. She’s AMAZING!! Google will suddenly support her ads and the left will get behind another pretty face from Hawaii.

You watch, she will sucker the same suckers who fell for Obama. They’ve been prepping her for years. She is nothing but a globalist puppet and morons will be blissfully unaware and feel enlightened voting for not-Trump.

If she wins, the globalists will have won.

    Barry in reply to elle. | September 24, 2019 at 3:16 pm

    Never happen.

    She’s a leftwing moonbat, but she’s not quite perceived as nutty enough to win the D nomination.

    notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to elle. | September 24, 2019 at 2:20 pm

    Remember that it is part of the DNC plans in running ex-military members who pretend to be moderate when in
    reality they’re as big of FLAMING LEFTISTS as Mayor Pete of South Bend, IN.

      as soon as she gets the green light there will be no end to the trolls who suddenly have an epiphany that Trump is bad and Gabby is good. “I was going to vote GOP, but now I’m voting for Tulsi.” It will be non-stop. They will seagull in, poop that line and fly back out again.

        Barry in reply to elle. | September 24, 2019 at 3:18 pm

        She has 2%.


          elle in reply to Barry. | September 24, 2019 at 4:26 pm

          I hope you are right Barry. I would not leave it to chance if I were the Trump team. Why put her in the 4th debate but not the 3rd if she doesn’t have a chance. It seems like they would winnow down, not add in.

          The Democrats don’t leave their candidates to chance, as the Bernie/Hillary Clinton debacle exposed. They are just loyal figure-heads for the real powers behind the throne.

They should hold it at a walmart super center while the shoppers come and go. It’d be hilarious to see The People Of Walmart scratching their nether regions, picking their noses and farting while wandering among the candidates.

Not a problem as they are all Marxist’s running for the presidency of a Constitutional Republic,kind of antithetical to that form of government.

Last time they just passed around a health advisory…
Hillary shall be our Candidate.
And, if you value your life, you will line up.

Oh Look! Google is going to give Tulsi 50 million. Brilliant move on their part. They pretend to block her so she doesn’t have to spend early on then they give her a huge war chest for her campaign. I hope Trump has time to educate the voters that she is nothing more than a pre-selected globalist puppet.

“Gabbard has drawn much ire from establishment Democrats, likely because she refuses to fall in lockstep with the rest of the party. Gabbard does not support late term abortion, has stood up against conservatives being censored on social media, has said that she would pardon Julian Assange and is CURRENTLY SUING GOOGLE FOR $50 MILLION over the company blocking her campaign from buying ads following the first debate.”

The Dems play chess, the GOP plays Twiddly Winks.