According to a poll conducted by Monmouth University, Tulsi Gabbard, Democratic representative from Hawaii, qualifies to participate in the upcoming debates now scheduled for mid-October. Gabbard did not make the cut for the last debate which took place on September 12, 2019.
The poll showed that Gabbard has 2% support from registered Democrats and unaffiliated voters who are expected to take part in the Democratic primary in New Hampshire come February 2020.
The rules governing who is included in the debates state that a candidate qualifies if he or she receives at least 2% of voters support in a minimum of four recognized polls. In addition, the candidate must have accumulated a minimum of 130,000 donors and 400 unique donors from at least 20 states.
November’s debate will have even stricter criteria for participation. Hopeful contenders for the presidency will have to show at least 3% support in four countrywide or single-state polls and an additional 5% support in at least two single-state polls. They will also need to show that they have received donations from a minimum of 165,000 unique donors.