UPDATE: Burgum appears to qualify for second presidential debate, now polling at 3.2%

Published: Sep. 23, 2023 at 11:24 AM CDT
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BISMARCK, N.D. (KFYR) - UPDATE (9/24/23): It appears Governor Burgum has qualified for Wednesday’s second GOP primary debate ahead of Monday’s deadline, thanks to his ranking in the Trafalgar Group’s national survey.

The poll puts him in the sixth place spot, polling at 3.2%.

In that poll, Burgum is now ahead of Chris Christie, Tim Scott, Asa Hutchinson and other Republican hopefuls who didn’t make it to the debate stage last time around.

However, the Republican National Committee makes the final determination on who will appear on the debate stage, so nothing is final until there is an official announcement made next week.

The other candidates who appear to have qualified include Ron Desantis, Vivek Ramaswamy, Nikki Haley, Tim Scott, Mike Pence and Chris Christie.

Former President Donald Trump has hit the polling and donor thresholds as well, but says he’ll skip the debate.

Burgum jumped into the GOP presidential race relatively late, and his participation in the first debate was also brought into question, especially after he ruptured his Achilles tendon the night before.

ORIGINAL STORY (9/23/23): Sources are now saying that North Dakota Governor and Presidential Candidate Doug Burgum has qualified for the second Republican presidential primary debate.

The Trafalgar National Poll shows that Burgum has met the criteria to do so.

The debate is Wednesday at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library north of Los Angeles, California. Your News Leader will have reporters traveling to California and will have extensive coverage of the debate.

Burgum has been helped by an extensive financial push from the Best of America PAC on national television advertising.

Burgum’s campaign says a “Burgum for America” direct text video-to-voter program was launched to target Republicans and conservative-leaning independents likely to vote in the Republican presidential primary with a video message aimed at increasing poll numbers.

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