By D. C. Sunday September 1 2019
On Wednesday, 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) appeared on Fox News’ ‘Tucker Carlson Tonight’ to discuss not having made the cut for the next debate, which is scheduled for September 12.
According to the rule set (link) issued by the Democratic National Committee (DNC) in May, in order to qualify for the September debate, a candidate must have “received donations from a minimum of 130,000 unique donors … and 400 unique donors per state in at least 20 U.S. states.”
Additionally, a candidate must “receive 2% or more support in at least four [qualifying] polls” between the dates of June 28 – August 28. The polling organizations approved by the DNC are:
[The] Associated Press, ABC News, CBS News, CNN, Des Moines Register, Fox News, Monmouth University, NBC News, New York Times, National Public Radio (NPR), Quinnipiac University, University of New Hampshire, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Washington Post, and Winthrop University.
As of the DNC deadline, Rep. Gabbard passed the donations threshold, but fell two polls shy of qualification.
FiveThirtyEight’s Geoffrey Skelley noted (link) on Friday that if the DNC opened up its criteria to allow all polling firms with a B- grade or higher to count toward winning a spot on the debate stage in September, Gabbard would have landed with five qualifying polls.
According to the RealClearPolitics (link) average of polls, Rep. Gabbard sits in ninth place with 1.4% support, ahead of both Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and former HUD Secretary Julian Castro, both of whom not only have lower average polling numbers than Gabbard (0.9% and 1.1%, respectively), but will be on the debate stage on September 12.
As indicated by Rep. Gabbard during her interview with Carlson, this isn’t the end. While her absence in the September debate could damage her standing in the race, the representative can still make the stage for the next Democratic debate in October.