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July 19, 2019

De Blasio qualifies for first presidential primary debates

June 16, 2019
Democratic presidential candidate and New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio introduces his wife Chirlane McCray while speaking at the Iowa Democratic Party’s Hall of Fame Dinner on June 9, 2019 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

He made the cut.

Mayor de Blasio is one of 20 candidates who qualified for the first televised debates of the Democratic presidential primary, the Democratic National Committee announced Thursday.


The mayor made the cut by polling at 1% or higher in at least three national or early-state polls from certain organizations.

The first two debates will take place on June 26 and 27 in Miami, Florida, at 9 p.m., with the 20 candidates split over the two nights.

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand also qualified to be on the debate stage.

To make the first debates, candidates either had to meet that polling requirement or get contributions from at least 65,000 different donors, with 200 or more contributors who live in at least 20 separate states.

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De Blasio was among just six of the 20 candidates who didn’t meet both requirements. Gillibrand met both the polling and fundraising thresholds.

The debates will be broadcast on NBC, MSNBC and Telemundo, and streamed online.


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