Bloomberg Qualifies for Wednesday Las Vegas Debate


Billionaire Michael Bloomberg has qualified to join Wednesday Democratic presidential primary debate in Las Vegas. 

The former New York City mayor met the Democratic National Committee (DNC) threshold after the release of a new NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll early Wednesday morning. The new national survey shows Bloomberg  at 19 percent, trailing behind the frontrunner Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) who garnished 31 percent of support. Former Vice President Joe Biden is in third place with 15 percent support, while Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) trailed in fourth place at 17 percent. Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) came in fifth place with 9 percent support and former South Bend, Ind. Mayor Pete Buttigieg rounded out the top six at 8 percent support.

To qualify, a candidate needed to have won at least one delegate in Iowa and New Hampshire, or having four national polls showing the candidate with 10% or more. Bloomberg previously cracked 10% in polls from Quinnipiac University, Monmouth University and Fox News. As of Monday, Bloomberg only needed a state or national-level poll showing him over 10 percent to qualify for the forum.