Rebecca Morin, USA TODAY
Published 7:03 p.m. ET Jan. 9, 2020 | Updated 7:05 p.m. ET Jan. 9, 2020
WASHINGTON – Political activist Tom Steyer will be on the Democratic primary debate stage Tuesday, barely making the cut after surging in two new polls released Thursday evening.
Former Vice President Joe Biden is leading in Nevada at 23%, according to a Fox News poll. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont follows at 17%. Steyer and Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts are tied in third place at 12%.
Pete Buttigieg, the former South Bend, Indiana mayor, trailed those four candidates at 6%, followed by entrepreneur Andrew Yang at 4%.
New Hampshire Poll: Four-way race among Buttigeig, Biden, Sanders and Warren
The Nevada poll was conducted Jan. 5 to Jan. 8, with 1,505 Nevada voters interviewed on both landlines and cellphones. Interviews were offered in English or Spanish. Of those interviewed, 635 identified as potential participants in the Democratic caucus. There is a margin of error plus or minus 4 percentage points.
In a separate Fox News South Carolina poll, Biden again led the pack with 36% support. Steyer is in second place with 15%, followed by Sanders at 14% and Warren at 10%.
The South Carolina poll was conducted Jan. 5 to Jan. 8, with 808 South Carolina Democratic primary voters interviewed on both landline and cell. There is a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.
Steyer needed two polls by Friday to make it to Tuesday’s Democratic primary debate in Des Moines, Iowa. Candidates needed to get 5% in at least four national or early-voting state polls, or at least 7% in two early-voting state polls, which includes Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina.
In Nevada, Steyer jumped 7 percentage points from 5% in November. The billionaire also climbed 11 percentage points in South Carolina from 4%.
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