Gov. NBC News’ analysis revealed that Doug Burgum, a presidential candidate for 2024, appeared to be qualified for the upcoming GOP second primary debate. The Republican National Committee has the final word on who gets to debate, so it’s not final until next week when the committee announces the qualified candidates. NBC reported that recent polling suggests Burgum is likely to secure a place on the debate stage just days before RNC’s deadline of Monday. Candidates must reach 50,000 donors and sign pledges of support for the candidate. They also need to meet the polling thresholds. Burgum said previously that he had reached the required number and signed the pledges for participation in the first discussion. Candidates must achieve 3 percent or more in two national polls, or in one poll, plus two polls in early-nominating states such as Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina.
Burgum earned 3.2 per cent in a Trafalgar Group national poll released over night on Saturday. Trafalgar released a poll in Iowa in mid-August that showed him with 3.2 percent. Burgum has reached 4 percent in a New Hampshire poll released Thursday.
Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.), businessman Vivek Ramaswamy, former U.N. Nikki Haley is an ambassador, as are Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina (R), former Vice-President Mike Pence, and former New Jersey Governor. Chris Christie already qualified.
Former President Trump has met the polling and donation requirements to participate but has not signed the party pledge. He did not attend the first debate, and said that he would also skip the second. The debate will take place in Simi valley, Calif. on September 27th at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation. It will be broadcast on FOX Business.
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