The Democratic National Committee has rejected one of the polls that US presidential candidate Andrew Yang tried to use to qualify for September’s presidential debate.
Yang needs four DNC-approved polls showing him at at least 2% before he can qualify for the next round of debates – a standard that will likely help winnow the field of 20-plus Democratic presidential candidates.
The noted tech entrepreneur has gained a devoted online following and ample fundraising success due to a colorful Twitter presence, wonky policy proposals and persistent calls for a Universal Basic Income – what he calls a “Freedom Dividend.”
He’s also been embraced by large swaths of the crypto community due to his calls for clear, innovation-encouraging cryptocurrency regulations.
On Monday, Yang tweeted that he had qualified for the September event. The following day, however, the DNC distributed an e-mail noting that a July 11 poll from NBC and The Wall Street Journal and a July 19 poll by NBC and SurveyMonkey – the two used by Yang to qualify – would not be count as two separate polls due to NBC’s involvement in both, according to a report from The Hill.
Yang blasted the decision.
Less than 24 hours after we hit our 4th qualifying poll for the fall debates, the DNC has revoked our 2nd qualifying poll. I have a feeling the #YangGang is not going to like this… https://t.co/Ws1hvoUAsE
— Andrew Yang? (@AndrewYang) July 30, 2019
Yang, however, still has until August 28 to garner enough support in another non-NBC facilitated poll and qualify for the debate.