U.S. Sen. Cory Booker has formally submitted documents required to appear on the Democratic presidential primary debate stage to the Democratic National Committee.
“I’m running for president to build a more fair and just nation for everyone, and I’m excited to get on that debate stage in Miami and make my case to the American people,” Booker said. “I’m grateful for the folks from around the country that have chipped in to our campaign over the past four months to help us build the grassroots movement that will carry us through debate season and beyond to victory. None of this would have been possible without their support.”
DNC rules this year require candidates to poll at least 1% in surveys conducted by pollsters recognized by the committee or receive donations from 65,000 unique donors, with at least 200 donors coming form 20 different states.
Booker has met both those thresholds.
He submitted polls that showed him winning support from 5%, 4% and 3% of voters.
The third and fourth Democratic primary debates will set a higher threshold, requiring candidates to poll at 2% in three separate polls and receive donations from 130,000 unique sources with at least 400 coming from 20 different states.
The first round of debates will be held on June 26 and June 27, the DNC announced Tuesday. Because of the wide field of candidates, the first debate is being split into two stages.