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Klobuchar needs boost in polls to qualify for next debate

Updated: October 18, 2019 06:44 PM

If Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar is going to qualify for the next Democratic presidential debate, she needs some help in the next rounds of national polls.

Candidates need to average at least 3 percent support in four DNC-approved polls to qualify along with meeting certain fundraising thresholds. Klobuchar meets the fundraising threshold, but is only at about 2 percent in recent national polls.

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"There's plenty of time and plenty of opportunities and paths for that to happen," said Katharine Tinucci, a former spokeswoman for former Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton and now a political strategist. "Our party, my party, is having a debate, a conversation right now about what direction we want to go."

Klobuchar raised $1.1M for presidential campaign post-debate

Tinucci said right now there's a lot enthusiasm for far left, progressive candidates, but eventually voters might shift to more moderate candidates like Klobuchar.

Republican political analyst Brian McClung agrees.

"She had a really good fundraising day the day after the debate so that shows Democratic voters were watching," McClung said, noting that she did well in the debate going after front runners who are further to the left politically. "Senator Klobuchar and Mayor Pete Buttigieg really had the best debate performance and had the best bump out of it. I think both of them are looking to take points in the polls off of Joe Biden who's been slipping recently."

Klobuchar and other candidates have until Nov. 13 to qualify for the Nov. 20 debate. So far eight candidates have qualified.

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