Booker qualifies for fall Democratic debates

Booker qualifies for fall Democratic debates

Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerThe Memo: Biden seeks revival in South Carolina Bloomberg campaign lobbied Yang for endorsement, possible VP offer: report Warren calls for changes to presidential pardon power, pledges to create clemency board MORE (D-N.J.) has met the Democratic National Committee’s (DNC) requirements to qualify for the third and fourth presidential debates this fall, his campaign announced Monday.

Booker surpassed the 130,000-donor threshold set by the DNC as part of its requirements to participate in the fall debates, his campaign said. He had previously met the polling threshold, which requires candidates to notch at least 2 percent of the vote in four qualifying polls.

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“We’re building this campaign the right way, brick by brick from the grassroots up, and we’re seeing the results of that strategy as we continue to build momentum,” Booker’s campaign manager Addisu Demissie said.

“We’re grateful to the tens of thousands of Americans who have chipped in to ensure Cory’s voice will be heard in the Democratic debates this fall, and who believe in Cory’s uplifting vision of building a more fair and just country for everyone,” he said.

Booker is the seventh candidate to qualify for the third and fourth set of debates, which are set to take place in September and October. The others to meet the requirements for those debates include current Democratic front-runner and former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenThe Memo: Biden seeks revival in South Carolina Sanders makes the case against Biden ahead of SC primary Sanders holds 13-point lead in Fox News poll MORE, Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersBloomberg: 'I'm going to stay right to the bitter end' of Democratic primary race The Memo: Biden seeks revival in South Carolina Sanders makes the case against Biden ahead of SC primary MORE (I-Vt.), Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenBloomberg: 'I'm going to stay right to the bitter end' of Democratic primary race The Memo: Biden seeks revival in South Carolina Sanders holds 13-point lead in Fox News poll MORE (D-Mass.), Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisThe Memo: Biden seeks revival in South Carolina Bloomberg campaign lobbied Yang for endorsement, possible VP offer: report Biden looks to shore up lead in SC MORE (D-Calif.), South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegBloomberg: 'I'm going to stay right to the bitter end' of Democratic primary race The Memo: Biden seeks revival in South Carolina Delegate count unchanged after Iowa caucus recount completed MORE (D) and former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas).

Two other candidates, former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro and former tech executive Andrew YangAndrew YangBloomberg campaign lobbied Yang for endorsement, possible VP offer: report 6 ways the primary fight is toughening up Democrats for the fall general election The Hill's Morning Report - Sanders steamrolls to South Carolina primary, Super Tuesday MORE, have met the donor requirements for the fall debates, but have not hit the polling threshold.

Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharSanders holds 13-point lead in Fox News poll Centrist Democrats insist Sanders would need delegate majority to win Bloomberg outspends field in Facebook ads ahead of Super Tuesday MORE (D-Minn.) has met the polling threshold but not the donor requirement.

The news that Booker has qualified for the later debates comes as Democrats prepare for the second round of presidential debates in Detroit on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Unlike this week’s debates, however, the third and fourth debates have steeper qualifying requirements. Candidates have to amass support from at least 130,000 and score a minimum of 2 percent in four DNC-approved polls.