Booker qualifies for fall Democratic debates

Sen. Cory Booker (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.

{mosads}“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 Biden, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg (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 Yang, have met the donor requirements for the fall debates, but have not hit the polling threshold.

Sen. Amy Klobuchar (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.

Tags 2020 election Amy Klobuchar Andrew Yang Bernie Sanders Cory Booker Democratic debates Democratic primary Elizabeth Warren Houston Joe Biden Kamala Harris Pete Buttigieg

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