Published: Sat, January 11, 2020
Markets | By Otis Pena

Democratic Debate Grows To 6 Candidates As Steyer Hits January Threshold

Democratic Debate Grows To 6 Candidates As Steyer Hits January Threshold

Absent additional help, that would leave five candidates on the stage in Des Moines on Tuesday: Mr. Biden, Mr.

"To the extent that New Hampshire voters could take some cues from Iowa, it's also worth keeping an eye on lower polling candidates like Klobuchar if any of the leading contenders stumble in the earlier Iowa contest", he added.

Democratic Presidential candidate Joe Biden delivers a foreign policy statement on Iran at Chelsea Piers in NY on January 7, 2020.

Steyer, a San Francisco-based billionaire investor whose candidacy has languished in polls near the bottom of a narrowing Democratic field, came in second place with 15% in SC and tied with the MA senator Elizabeth Warren in third place at 12% in Nevada.

The debate comes just weeks before the February 3 Iowa caucuses, the first voting contest of the primary campaign.

Businessman Tom Steyer qualified on Thursday for next week's Democratic debate with the release of two new Fox News polls. The remainder of the field saw a level of support in the single digits.

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Biden retains a sizable national lead and is dominating in SC and Nevada, whose contests follow Iowa and New Hampshire, making the first two states crucial opportunities for other candidates to build up steam.

"I think he's shown a lot of durability and is growing incrementally, and he's going to continue to be well financed", said Bill Carrick, a longtime California and Democratic presidential strategist.

Steyer has tapped his personal fortune to finance his campaign.

The billionaire environmental activist from California also would seek to decriminalize illegal border crossings and work with Congress to approve a pathway to citizenship for millions of people in the US illegally. Steyer starred in self-funded television commercials calling for Congress to remove Trump from office.

Nonprofit executive Andrew Yang, who is the only other candidate who had made December's debate, looks to fall short of the January cutoff, since he has only one qualifying poll with just a day to go until the deadline. Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has hit the polling threshold but is not accepting donations, so he is unable to qualify for the debate stage.

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