Updated Feb 18, 2020 - Politics & Policy

Michael Bloomberg qualifies for Nevada's Democratic debate

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Michael Bloomberg qualified Tuesday for this week's Democratic debate in Las Vegas after notching 19% in the latest NPR-PBS NewsHour-Marist poll.

Why it matters: The debate on Wednesday in Las Vegas, just before the Nevada caucus, eliminated the requirement that candidates onstage have a specific number of donors. Bloomberg, who has been self-funding his campaign, will face off against his 2020 competitors for the first time.

The hosts:

  • NBC's Lester Holt, Chuck Todd, Hallie Jackson, Noticias Telemundo's Vanessa Hauc and Jon Ralston of The Nevada Independent will moderate.

The requirements:

  • Candidates need at least 10% in four national polls or polls of Nevada or South Carolina; or at least 12% in two Nevada or South Carolina polls.
  • A candidate may also qualify if they received at least one delegate from Iowa or New Hampshire.

The candidates who have qualified:

  1. Joe Biden
  2. Elizabeth Warren
  3. Bernie Sanders
  4. Pete Buttigieg
  5. Amy Klobuchar
  6. Mike Bloomberg
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