Polls put Andrew Yang back on Democratic Debate stage, Bloomberg won’t qualify

Tech entrepreneur Andrew Yang is to be expected for the Democratic Debate on February 7 in Manchester, New Hampshire. The qualification of the Asian-American candidate is thanks to the latest poll results that were released on Sunday. The 45-year-old Democrat missed January’s debate but has his supporters celebrating as he becomes the seventh candidate to qualify for February’s debate.

Criteria to qualify for debate

  • 5% in at least four qualifying national or early-state polls released between December 13 and February 6 -or- 7% in at least two early-state polls during the same period
  • 225,000 unique donors from at least 20 states

Andrew Yang had met the donor qualification a long time ago, however, he did not have the required polling qualification until Sunday. Yang got 7% and 5% in separate national polls, and 5% in two New Hampshire polls. This allowed him to meet the “5% in at least four polls” qualification, putting him on the national stage for the Democratic Debate.

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Nick Ryan, chief of the Andrew Yang campaign, said, “America has spoken. Voters clearly missed Andrew Yang’s presence in the most recent debate and now they are making sure he will be on the debate stage in New Hampshire.” Yang became popular after announcing his campaign promise to give every American $1,000 a month as a universal income, funded by taking away other welfare schemes from those that opt-in the “freedom dividend.”

The Democratic Debate

Andrew Yang will be joining six already qualified candidates for the debate in New Hampshire.

  • Former Vice President Joe Biden
  • Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders
  • Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren
  • Former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg
  • Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar
  • Billionaire activist Tom Steyer

Biden topped in the two national polls that were released on Sunday, while Bernie Sanders topped the two New Hampshire polls. Former New York City Mayor and billionaire Michael Bloomberg will not be joining the debate stage. Though he has met the polling qualification, being a self-funded campaign means he will not hit the 225,000 donor requirement.

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It is interesting to note that Bloomberg has already spent more than $250 million on campaign ads, with almost half of that just in the last month. Bloomberg only officially announced his candidacy two months ago, on November 24, so the ad expenditure may have been required. Bloomberg had started out targetting large “Super Tuesday” states like Texas and California.

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