Eric Swalwell qualifies for the Democratic debates

Eric Swalwell qualifies for the Democratic debates
© Greg Nash

Rep. Eric SwalwellEric Michael SwalwellMartha McSally fundraises off 'liberal hack' remark to CNN reporter Enes Kanter sees political stardom — after NBA and WWE Swalwell pens op-ed comparing Trump impeachment to XYZ Affair 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 GabbardButtigieg to attend MLK Day event in South Carolina after facing criticism Poll: Sanders holds 5-point lead over Buttigieg in New Hampshire Gabbard defeats man in push-up contest at New Hampshire town hall 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 MoultonOvernight Defense: Iran crisis eases as Trump says Tehran 'standing down' | Dems unconvinced on evidence behind Soleimani strike | House sets Thursday vote on Iran war powers Congress reacts to US assassination of Iranian general Key moments in the 2020 Democratic presidential race so far 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 drops out of 2020 race Bill Press: Don't forget about Amy 2020 Democrats: Iran airstrike 'reckless,' 'could cost countless lives' 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.