Andrew Yang, the entrepreneur waging an outsider presidential campaign focused on the promise of a universal basic income, has qualified for the autumn Democratic primary debates after surpassing Beto in the Iowa poll.
Yang polled at 2 percent in an Iowa poll conducted by Monmouth University on Thursday, crossing the second of the two necessary debate thresholds. He has reached the necessary 130,000 unique donor threshold and previously received at least 2% in three other polls authorized by the DNC.
On the opposite end of the spectrum, Yang outscored former Democratic prodigy Beto O’Rourke in the survey, coming in at less than 1%.
Yang is the ninth contender to be selected for two debates, one scheduled for mid-September and the other maybe in October. He takes the stage with Elizabeth Warren, Joe Biden, Cory Booker, Pete Buttigieg, Kamala Harris, Amy Klobuchar, Beto O’Rourke, and Cory Booker.
In the first DNC-approved survey performed in the crucial early state since the second round of debates last month, Biden is in the lead. It was conducted by Monmouth in Iowa. Warren has 19% support compared to his 28%. Sanders has 9 percent, Buttigieg has 8%, and Harris is in third place with 11%.
From a Monmouth poll conducted in April 2019 in the first caucus state, Biden’s position at the top is unchanged, moving up one percentage point. Harris is up 4 points, Warren is up 12 points, and Sanders is down 7 points since the April survey. Buttigieg has only lost one point since April and is still in the same place. O’Rourke, who received 6% of the vote in the April poll, received less than 1% in the August poll.
Two additional candidates, in addition to Yang, gained support in a poll to advance to the debate round. Billionaire Tom Steyer’s third qualifying poll for the autumn debates has him at 3 percent. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York scored 2 percent in her first election-qualifying poll for the fall.
The Monmouth University poll, which surveyed 401 likely Democratic caucus-goers, was conducted on August 1–4. The margin of error for the survey is plus or minus 4.9 percentage points.
The deadline to qualify for the September debate is August 28. Additionally, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard and Julián Castro are contenders for qualification. While Castro still needs one more poll and Gabbard three, both Castro and Gabbard have reached the donation threshold. Steyer and Gillibrand have not declared publicly that they have reached the contribution threshold.
Less competitors are anticipated to qualify for the September and October debates compared to the summer debates, where 20 contenders hit the stage. Because candidates who qualified for the September debate automatically qualified for the October debate and those who didn’t qualify for September have extra time to qualify for October, the October debate may be larger than the September debate.
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