Michael Bloomberg has qualified for Wednesday’s debate in Las Vegas, the first time the billionaire will appear onstage alongside his rivals.
A national poll from NPR, PBS NewsHour and Marist released on Tuesday showed Bloomberg with 19% support among Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents, putting him in second place behind Bernie Sanders, who had 31%. That was a substantial surge since the group’s poll in December, when Bloomberg received only 4% support.
The survey was the fourth national qualifying poll since mid-January that showed him with at least 10% support, enough to earn him an invitation to the debate stage before the deadline Tuesday.
Bloomberg will face off against Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Amy Klobuchar, Joe Biden and Pete Buttigieg.
The debate airing Wednesday at 8 p.m. Central will be hosted by NBC News, MSNBC and the Nevada Independent.
Bloomberg’s 19% mark was his highest level of support in any debate-qualifying national poll to date. The latest national polling average calculated by the New York Times, which was released late last week, put him at 10% nationally, behind Sanders, Biden and Warren.
New York Times