Sen. Cory Booker Qualifies for September Democratic Debate

By Clyde Hughes | AC JosepH Media

New Jersey’s U.S. Sen. Cory Booker confirmed Monday that he has raised enough money to qualify for September’s Democratic primary presidential debates in Houston on Sept 12-13.

Booker and the more than 20 other Democrats looking to challenge President Donald Trump in 2020 faced stricter thresholds for the third round of debates than the first two debates. The first round of debates were held in Miami last month.

The second round will be held this week in Detroit, where Democrats will need a strong turnout if it plans to put Michigan back into the win column for the party. Booker made the announcement about September’s debate on Twitter.

The Democratic National Committee said for the Houston debates, candidates must receive support of two percent or more in at least four national polls — or at least that threshold in polls in the early-voting states of Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina or Nevada.

The candidates also must receive donations from at least 130,000 unique donors over the election cycle from at least 400 unique donors per state in at least 20 states by Aug. 28.

Booker, the former mayor of Newark (2006-13) and subject of the Oscar-nominated documentary “Street Fight,” has represented New Jersey as its first African-American senator since 2013.

Photo courtesy of U.S. Sen. Cory Booker website

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