New polling has given former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg the foothold he needed to qualify for his first Democratic presidential debate. Bloomberg will face off against five other Democratic candidates in Wednesday’s debate in Nevada.
To qualify for the debate, each candidates had to meet one of two polling requirements: He or she must poll at 12 percent or more in at least two polls in Nevada and/or South Carolina; or they must poll at 10 percent or more in four polls in those states, or in national surveys.
The polling must have taken place between Jan. 15 and Feb. 18 to be considered.
New polling by NPR-PBS Newshour Marist gave Bloomberg the polling he needed to qualify. Bloomberg is polling at 19 percent in that poll, trailing Sen. Bernie Sanders for the lead.
A change in qualifying rules allowed Bloomberg to qualify for the debate. The Democratic party ended the grassroots donor threshold requirement, which required candidates to receive donations from tens of thousands of supporters to be included in the debate.
Bloomberg is self-funding his run for president.
He will face these five candidates in Wednesday’s debate: Sanders, I-Vermont; former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg; Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Massachusetts; former Vice President Joe Biden; and Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Minnesota, will be taking part in the debate next week.
Here’s what you need to know about the debate.
What time is the debate: The two-hour debate will begin at 9 p.m. ET Wednesday.
Where will it be held: The Paris Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas will be hosting the debate.
How to watch: You can watch the debate on NBC and MSNBC.
Live updates: Come back here at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday for live updates from the debate.
Livestream: The debate will stream live on NBC News NOW on OTT devices, NBCNews.com, MSNBC.com, the NBC News mobile app, NBC News' and MSNBC's Facebook pages and online at The Nevada Independent. It will also air live in Spanish on Universo, as well as the Noticias Telemundo mobile app and website and Noticias Telemundo's Facebook page.
Who is moderating the debate: “NBC Nightly News” and “Dateline NBC” anchor Lester Holt; “Meet the Press” moderator and NBC News political director Chuck Todd; NBC News chief White House correspondent and host of “MSNBC Live” Hallie Jackson; Noticias Telemundo senior correspondent Vanessa Hauc; and Jon Ralston, of The Nevada Independent, are co-hosting the debate.
When are the next debates: The next will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 25. It will be hosted by CBS News and the Congressional Black Caucus Institute in partnership with Twitter. It will be held at the Gaillard Center in Charleston, South Carolina.
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