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Booker makes fundraising call after debate rules change

DNC doubles number of donors needed to qualify for later debates

By Nikita Biryukov, May 29 2019 10:03 am

U.S. Sen. Cory Booker made a fundraising call Wednesday after the Democratic National Committee doubled the number of donors required to appear on the Democratic primary debate stage.

“We just got breaking news that the DNC raised the donor threshold to 130,000 unique donors,” Booker said in a fundraising email. “I’m looking forward to sharing, and debating, the big ideas our party has to make transformative change for America — but in order to do so, we have some work to do to hit this number.”

The change in rules only applies to the third and fourth Democratic primary debates.

To qualify for the first two debates, candidates still need only to secure donations from 65,000 Americans, with at least 200 of those donations coming from 20 different states. Alternatively, candidates can win 1% support in polls conducted by approved pollsters to qualify.

To qualify for the later two debates, candidates will now need donations from 130,000 individual donors, with 400 of those donations coming from 20 different states.

The support candidates need to win in polls is also doubled for the two later debates.

Booker hit the 65,000-donor threshold earlier this month, and he’s previously attained the poll figures needed to qualify, though he’s never led the pack of 23 Democratic candidates.

“It’s no secret that our campaign is an underdog in the race,” Booker said. “I’m used to being counted out — we’ve seen it before when I ran for mayor of Newark.”

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