The Democratic National Committee has set two bars for candidates to cross in order to qualify for their first round of debates in June and July: Poll at least 1 percent in three separate surveys and net at least 65,000 individual donors from a minimum of 20 different states.
If more than 20 candidates reach both goals, the highest polling averages will be used as tiebreakers.
The deadline to reach the twin thresholds is June 13, now less than two weeks away. It’s sent a handful of campaigns scrambling for donors and hoping for favorable polling news in the coming days.
“I haven’t locked down my spot yet, but I never expected this race to be easy,” Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York wrote in a fundraising appeal this week.