There are a lot of nervous Democratic Presidential hopefuls right now.
The Democratic National Committee just announced the criteria for participating in the fifth debate, which will be held in November. Candidates must poll at 3% or more in at least four opinion polls, and have 165,000 unique donors.
According to RealClearPolitics, only eight of the current 18 candidates are polling at 3% or higher, leaving 10 of them sitting in the audience or watching from home.
But it gets better.
The candidates must also pull at least 5% or more in two polls in the early voting states of Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, or Nevada, and also have at least 600 unique donors in at least 20 states, territories, or D.C.
Biden, Warren, Sanders, Harris, Buttigieg, Klobuchar, O’Rourke, and Booker make the first cut at more than 3% support, but we’ll have to wait and see if they make the additional metrics.
The sprawling field has made it difficult for lesser-known candidates to register in the minds of Democratic voters, with several polling at 1 percent or less nationally.
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio ended his 2020 bid on Friday, saying the party’s rules for qualifying for televised debates had made it hard for him to continue. Which could be true, or it could be that he was polling at less than 1%, even in his home state and home city, so it’s arguable that a lack of support made it hard for him to continue, not the debate requirements.
Criteria for the September and October debates required donations from at least 130,000 people and support of at least 2% in four DNC-approved polls.
U.S. Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey will drop out of the running unless he can raise $1.7 million over the next 10 days left in the fundraising quarter, his campaign said on Saturday.
“If we don’t have the money to grow, we are not going to stay competitive in this race. I don’t want to stick around if I’m not in this to win it.”
The next debate will be held in Westerville, Ohio, on Oct. 15 and possibly Oct. 16, depending on the number of qualifying candidates.