Bloomberg qualifies for Nevada debate, beating Biden in national poll

Michael Bloomberg has qualified to join the top 2020 Democratic presidential candidates on stage at Wednesday night’s debate in Las Vegas, according to a new national poll.

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, 70, racked up 31% support in the NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll released early Tuesday, a nine-point spike since the survey was last conducted in December. But it’s the former New York City mayor’s second-place finish at 19% that’s the top-line result, up from 4% in 2019.

Despite not contesting this Saturday’s Nevada caucuses, that performance means Bloomberg, 78, qualifies for the debate after the Democratic National Committee in January dropped the grassroots fundraising criteria it set
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