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Eric Swalwell qualifies for the Democratic debates

Greg Nash

Rep. Eric Swalwell (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 Gabbard (D-Hawaii) reached 1 percent, although she had already qualified by the number of unique donors.

{mosads}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 Moulton (Mass.), Miramar, Fla., Mayor Wayne Messam and writer Marianne Williamson 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.

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