Eric Swalwell qualifies for the Democratic debates

Eric Swalwell qualifies for the Democratic debates
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Rep. Eric SwalwellEric Michael SwalwellGraham says SC people of color can go anywhere in the state but 'need to be conservative, not liberal' President Trump, Melania Trump test positive for COVID-19 House in near-unanimous vote affirms peaceful transfer of power MORE (D-Calif.) qualified for the Democratic presidential primary debates Tuesday after polling at at least 1 percent in three polls recognized by the Democratic National Committee (DNC).

The California lawmaker, who launched his campaign earlier this month, got the support necessary to qualify in a CNN–SRSS poll released early Tuesday.

That survey was also the third recognized poll in which Rep. Tulsi GabbardTulsi GabbardHarris faces biggest moment in spotlight yet Ocasio-Cortez slams Tulsi Gabbard for amplifying ballot harvesting video Republicans call on DOJ to investigate Netflix over 'Cuties' film MORE (D-Hawaii) reached 1 percent, although she had already qualified by the number of unique donors.


To be eligible for the 12 debates planned in the 2020 cycle, candidates must receive support from at least 1 percent of respondents in three separate polls recognized by the DNC or receive campaign contributions from at least 65,000 unique donors.

With Swalwell's qualification, four of the 21 candidates for 2020 have reportedly yet to meet either threshold.

The New York Times reported that Rep. Seth MoultonSeth MoultonTrump slight against Gold Star families adds to military woes Overnight Defense: Congress recommends nuclear arms treaty be extended | Dems warn Turkey | Military's eighth COVID death identified Bipartisan congressional task force recommends extending nuclear treaty with Russia MORE (Mass.), Miramar, Fla., Mayor Wayne MessamWayne Martin MessamKey moments in the 2020 Democratic presidential race so far Wayne Messam suspends Democratic presidential campaign 2020 primary debate guide: Everything you need to know ahead of the November forum MORE and writer Marianne WilliamsonMarianne WilliamsonMarianne Williamson discusses speaking at People's Party Convention Fewer people watched opening night of Democratic convention compared to 2016 Marianne Williamson: Democratic convention 'like binge watching a Marriott commercial' MORE have not yet qualified. Meanwhile, a campaign official for former Sen. Mike Gravel (Alaska) told The Hill he also has yet to qualify.

The first debate of the 2020 cycle will be held June 26 and 27 in Miami, and the second will be a month later in Detroit.

The DNC has said that if more than 20 candidates qualify for the debates, those that meet both thresholds will be prioritized.