Former NYC Mayor Mike Bloomberg has qualified for the Las Vegas debate on Wednesday night due to a last-minute poll.

Candidates need to have “at least one delegate in the first two contests, have four national polls showing the candidate with 10% or more or two state polls from either South Carolina or Nevada showing the candidate with 12% or more support.”

Bloomberg is in second place in the Marist, Newshour and NPR/PBS poll.

From Fox News:

The former New York City mayor and 2020 presidential candidate qualified for the Nevada Democratic Presidential Primary Debate at the last minute, notching 19 percent support in a Marist, Newshour and NPR/PBS poll, the fourth national poll to put him above the 10 percent mark since Jan. 15. That means the billionaire, who has spent more than $400 million of his fortune on advertising, meets the polling threshold set by the DNC for the debate.

Bloomberg will be on the debate stage, his campaign confirmed in a statement.

“Our campaign is seeing a groundswell of support across the country, and qualifying for the February 19 debate is the latest sign that Mike’s plan and ability to defeat Donald Trump is resonating with more and more Americans,” campaign manager Kevin Sheekey said Tuesday morning. “Mike is looking forward to joining the other Democratic candidates on stage and making the case for why he’s the best candidate to defeat Donald Trump and unite the country. The opportunity to discuss his workable and achievable plans for the challenges facing this country is an important part of the campaign process.”

This will be the first time Bloomberg will appear in a debate after entering the presidential race in November.

The poll results:

  • Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) 31%
  • Bloomberg 19%
  • Former Vice President Joe Biden 15%
  • Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) 12%
  • Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) 9%
  • Former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg 8%
  • Tom Steyer 2%
  • Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (R-HI) <1%

Bloomberg already met the 10% threshold in polls from Quinnipiac University, Monmouth University, and Fox News.

He skipped out on Iowa and New Hampshire. He has a place on the stage tomorrow night even though he will not appear on the caucus ballot on Saturday night.

Bloomberg has spent more than $300 million of his own money on ads, spamming everyone’s television.


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