A number of qualifying polls released Sunday has put tech entrepreneur Andrew Yang back on the Democratic debate stage, NPR reported.
Yang is the seventh candidate to qualify for the February 7 debate in Manchester, N.H., which is just four days ahead of the primary there.
The 45-year-old had missed January’s debate in Iowa. Prior to that televised tussle, Yang had decried what he called a lack of qualifying surveys and had asked the Democratic National Committee to commission more polling. It did not.
But Yang hit one of the DNC’s debate thresholds in four surveys released just on Sunday. He got 7% and 5% in separate national polls, and 5% in two New Hampshire surveys.
To make the New Hampshire debate, candidates must register at 5% or more in four qualifying national or early-state polls released between December 13, 2019, and February 6; or at least 7% in two early-state polls during that period. And they have to get 225,000 unique donors from at least 20 states.
Alternatively, a candidate could make the debate stage by garnering at least one delegate from the February 3 Iowa caucuses, NPR adds.
“America has spoken. Voters clearly missed Andrew Yang’s presence in the most recent debate and now they are making sure he will be on the debate stage in New Hampshire,” his campaign chief Nick Ryan said in a statement.
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Already qualified for the debate are: former Vice President Joe Biden, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar and billionaire activist Tom Steyer.