Moulton campaign makes formal case to DNC to be added to debate stage

Moulton campaign makes formal case to DNC to be added to debate stage
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Rep. Seth MoultonSeth Moulton2020 Presidential Candidates Rep. Joe Kennedy has history on his side in Senate bid Mass shootings have hit 158 House districts so far this year MORE (D-Mass.) is calling on the Democratic National Convention (DNC) to reconsider allowing him on presidential primary debate stage after he was again excluded from the upcoming lineup. 

Moulton's campaign submitted a letter to the DNC citing 12 polls that show the Marine Corps veteran reaching the 1 percent support threshold. 


The campaign says the listed polls "meet methodology" required by the party and are run by organizations with a passing rate according to FiveThirtyEight. 

"Some are more highly rated or more accurate over time than some of the polls that do count," the letter continues.

According to a copy of the form the campaign submitted to the DNC shared with The Hill, Moulton reached 1 percent in the following polls: Emerson, Rasmussen/HarrisX, Morning Consult, McLaughlin & Associates, Hill/HarrisX, Economist/YouGov, Crooked Media/Change Research. 

None of those polls are among the DNC's approved organizations list.  

The letter also says the campaign raised more money in the second quarter of 2019 than five candidates who were on the first debate stage: New York Mayor Bill de BlasioBill de Blasio2020 Presidential Candidates Cooperate, or else: New York threatens fines to force people to help block immigration enforcement DNC raises qualifying thresholds for fifth presidential debate MORE, Rep. John DelaneyJohn Kevin Delaney2020 Presidential Candidates Delaney: I wouldn't allow VP's family members to sit on foreign boards Candidates wish Sanders well after heart procedure MORE (Md.), Rep. Tim RyanTimothy (Tim) John Ryan2020 Presidential Candidates Democrats decry Trump's push to slash number of accepted refugees Harris on whistleblower complaint: 'This is a cover-up' MORE (Ohio) and former Colorado Gov. John HickenlooperJohn HickenlooperGardner dodges questions about Trump's call for Biden probe 2020 Presidential Candidates Krystal Ball: Yang campaign a 'triumph of substance over the theatre' MORE.

Moulton was one of two Democratic candidates barred from both debates, alongside Miramar, Fla., Mayor Wayne MessamWayne Martin Messam2020 Presidential Candidates The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump defends call as Ukraine controversy deepens The Hill's Campaign Report: De Blasio drops out | Warren gains support from black voters | Sanders retools campaign team | Warning signs for Tillis in NC MORE

Billionaire investor Tom SteyerThomas (Tom) Fahr SteyerThe Hill's Campaign Report: Impeachment fight to take center stage at Dem debate CNN LGBTQ town hall interrupted by protesters Democratic 2020 hopefuls tout LGBTQ plans at town hall MORE and former Rep. Joe Sestak (D-Pa.), who entered the race after the first debate, also did not qualify for the upcoming Detroit debates which will be hosted by CNN.

The only new candidate to take the stage on July 30 or 31 is Montana Gov. Steve BullockSteve BullockThe Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by USAA — Ex-Ukraine ambassador testifies Trump pushed for her ouster 2020 Presidential Candidates Krystal Ball: Yang campaign a 'triumph of substance over the theatre' MORE (D), who replaces Rep. Eric SwalwellEric Michael Swalwell2020 Presidential Candidates NBA draws bipartisan backlash over China response Former Ukraine envoy Volker to resign as head of McCain Institute MORE (D-Calif.), who dropped out. 

To qualify for the debate, candidates had to reach at least 1 percent support in three polls approved by the DNC or campaign contributions from 65,000 individual donors. 

The DNC's qualifications for the third debate are higher. To get on stage, the two dozen candidates will have to receive 2 percent or more in support from at least four polls and certify their campaigns have received donations from a minimum of 130,000 individual donors.