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    Arlington, VA — According to the latest POLITICO/Morning Consult poll, voter support for the impeachment investigation inched down 2 percentage points -- to 48 percent from 50 percent -- while opposition ticked up 3 percentage points -- to 45 percent. The probe is backed by 83 percent of Democrats and opposed by 83 percent of Republicans. Forty percent of independent voters support the inquiry. Nearly half of voters support the House (48% - 44%) and Senate (47% - 44%) impeaching and convicting the president. The poll was conducted November 15-17, after the first round of public impeachment hearings.

    "Voter opposition to the impeachment inquiry is at its highest point since Morning Consult and POLITICO began tracking the issue," said Tyler Sinclair, Morning Consult's vice president. "A key driver for this shift appears to be independents. Today, 47 percent of independents oppose the impeachment inquiry, compared to 37 percent who said the same one week ago."

    Nearly half of voters (46%), disapprove of the way House Democrats are handling the proceedings. Fifty-seven percent of respondents say they are following media coverage of the investigation. A majority of voters (56%), say the impeachment inquiry is important to them.

    Forty-eight percent of voters believe the administration withheld military aid from Ukraine in order to pressure that country’s government, while 31 percent say the reverse. Similarly, forty-eight percent of respondents believe President Trump "abused his power to influence the 2020 election." Trump’s approval rating sits at 41 percent, while 55 percent of voters disapprove of his job performance.

    More details on the poll and its methodology can be found in these two documents:

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    Washington, D.C. – PBS NewsHour and Politico announce that the press credentialing process for the sixth Democratic primary debate of the 2020 election cycle is now open. Members of the press interested in securing media credentials for the event should fill out the request form here.

    The deadline for requesting a media credential is Monday, November 25, 2019 at 11:59pm EST. Only requests for credentials made prior to the application deadline will be considered.

    Produced through a partnership between PBS NewsHour and POLITICO, the DNC-sanctioned debate will take place at Loyola Marymount University on Thursday, December 19, 2019. The debate will be broadcast on PBS stations nationwide, as well as stream on PBS NewsHour’s and POLITICO’s digital and social platforms.

    The official threshold rules are below:

    QUALIFICATION CRITERIA FOR THE DECEMBER DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY DEBATE

    To qualify for the Organization Debate, candidates must meet one of two polling requirements (“Polling Threshold”) and the unique donor requirement (“Grassroots Fundraising Threshold”) as detailed below.

    Polling Threshold: To meet the Polling Threshold for the Organization Debate, candidates must meet either the “Four-Poll Threshold” or the “Early State Polling Threshold” as described below:

    Four-Poll Threshold. Receive 4% or more support in at least four polls (which may be national polls, or single-state polls in Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, and/or Nevada) meeting the Qualifying Poll Criteria described below. To meet the Four-Poll Threshold, each one of a candidate’s four qualifying polls must be sponsored by different Qualifying Poll Sponsors, or if by the same Qualifying Poll Sponsor, must be in different geographical areas

    Early State Polling Threshold. Receive 5% or more support in two single-state polls in Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and/or Nevada that meet the Qualifying Poll Criteria described below. To meet the Early State Polling Threshold, any candidate’s two qualifying polls may be in the same or different geographical areas and from the same or different Qualifying Poll Sponsors.

    For a poll to be counted towards the Four-Poll Threshold or Early State Polling Threshold, it must meet each of the four requirements described below (“Qualifying Poll Criteria”):

    Each poll must be sponsored by one of the following 16 entities or pairs of entities (“Qualifying Poll Sponsors”): Associated Press; ABC News/Washington Post; CBS News/YouGov; CNN; Des Moines Register; Fox News; Monmouth University; National Public Radio; NBC News/Wall Street Journal; NBC News/Marist; The Nevada Independent, New York Times; Quinnipiac University; University of New Hampshire; USA Today/Suffolk University; Winthrop University. For individual entities that are included only in Qualifying Poll Sponsor pairs but are not listed individually, independent polling by such individual entities or polling conducted in new partnerships with such individual entities shall not meet the Qualifying Poll Criteria.

    Each poll must be publicly released between October 16, 2019 and 11:59 P.M. on December 12, 2019.

    Each poll’s candidate support question must have been conducted by reading or presenting a list of Democratic presidential primary candidates to respondents. Poll questions using an open-ended or un-aided question to gauge presidential primary support will not count.

    Each polling result must be the top-line number listed in the original public release from the approved Qualifying Poll Sponsor, whether or not it is a rounded or weighted number.

    Grassroots Fundraising Threshold: To meet the Grassroots Fundraising Threshold, candidates must submit a certification, executed by the candidate’s campaign Treasurer, by 11 A.M. on December 13, 2019, demonstrating that the campaign has received donations from at least (1) 200,00 unique donors; and (2) a minimum of 800 unique donors per state in at least 20 U.S. states, U.S. territories, or the District of Columbia. Qualifying donations must be received by 11:59 P.M. on December 12, 2019. An acceptable certification must provide or attach adequate verifiable evidence to show that the fundraising threshold has been reached and may include verification from ActBlue or NGP VAN regarding the campaign’s fundraising.

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    Must-See POLITICO TV: November 8th – November 14th

    Congressional Reporter Melanie Zanona, author of the must-read Huddle newsletter and a go-to source on all things happening on Capitol Hill, appeared on CNN’s “Reliable Sources” to pull back the curtain on what it’s like to cover Congress during impeachment. Melanie explained, “these depositions have been taking place behind closed doors, they’ve been going ten hours a time. And the most difficult part is these members don’t have their cell phones so we’re trying to get information and that’s why sometimes you’re not getting the details until days later.” When asked how she was preparing for the public hearings in the week ahead, Melanie said, “I’m going to be rereading depositions, packing snacks and bringing a flat pair of shoes.”

    Watch the segment here.

    Chief Political Correspondent for POLITICO Magazine and New York Times best-selling author, Tim Alberta, put his political expertise on display this week on CNN’s “New Day,” unpacking the key argument Republicans used to defend President Trump ahead of the public impeachment hearings. Tim explained that House Republicans haven’t wavered in the last several weeks, noting, “at the end of the day, they're going to argue that this is much more about intent more than it is about substance […] That if the President had wanted to approach his dealings with the Ukraine in a manner that was inherently corrupt and […] was intent on trying to extract concessions and lean on the Ukraine, […] that it would have been a very explicit Quid pro quo. House Republicans will say, look, this is a President who always says what's on his mind, so why would this case be any different.” Highlighting the President’s influence over Republicans, Tim pointed out , “There has been a slow and steady purge of anybody in the party who has spoken out against the President. That purge will continue. You can bet that if any Republicans in the House or the Senate work up the courage to ultimately come out and vote for impeachment or for removal from office, this President and his family and his allies, they will not rest until they see that they person's political career is finished in the Republican party.”

    Watch the segment here.

    Congressional Reporter Andrew Desiderio, appeared on MSNBC’s “The 11th Hour with Brian Williams,” where he analyzed the new developments from the day’s public impeachment hearings. Andrew zeroed in on the most damning new piece of evidence, that a close aide to Bill Taylor overheard Trump asking another diplomat about the status of his desired investigations. He explained how, “It absolutely did move things closer to the President. It gave us, by my count, a fourth data point that more directly connects the President to this Ukraine scheme. The first of course was the call memorandum from the July 25th phone call between President Trump and President Zelensky. The second is Rudy Giuliani's declaration that everything he was doing in Ukraine was on behalf of his client the President of the United States. The third data point that Democrats would point to is Mick Mulvaney's press conference last month during which he essentially admitted to a quid pro quo. And this becomes the fourth one because it is further evidence that the President was dictating this behind the scenes.” Andrew also noted, “even though today's revelation about that phone call between President Trump and Ambassador Sondland was secondhand by Bill Taylor's recollection, investigators will get firsthand information about it presumably on Friday when Mr. Holmes [the close aide] testifies behind closed doors.”

    Watch the segment here.

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    Arlington, VA — According to the latest POLITICO/Morning Consult poll, sixty-two percent of voters say there is no chance they will change their minds about impeachment, compared to 19% who say there’s a small chance they’ll change their minds and another 8% who say there’s some chance. Voters continue to support impeachment by a 50%-41% margin. Nearly half of voters say they support the House (49% - 41%) and Senate (48% - 42%) impeaching and convicting the president. The poll was conducted November 8-10, prior to the public impeachment hearings.

    “Our polling suggests voters are pessimistic that a House impeachment of President Trump will result in a Senate conviction,” said Tyler Sinclair, Morning Consult’s vice president. “Notably, 51 percent of voters — including 61 percent of Democrats, 48 percent of independents, and 42 percent of Republicans — believe the House of Representatives will impeach Trump but the Senate won’t remove him from office.”

    Sixty-three percent of voters approve of the House of Representatives holding public hearings as a part of their impeachment inquiry. Nearly half of voters (46%), disapprove of the way House Democrats are handling the proceedings. Fifty-eight percent of respondents say they are likely to watch the public hearings compared to 33% who say the opposite.

    Nearly half of voters (48%), believe the administration withheld military aid from Ukraine in order to pressure that country’s government, while 30 percent say the reverse. Similarly, forty-nine percent of respondents believe President Trump "abused his power to influence the 2020 election." Trump’s approval rating sits at 40 percent, while 57 percent of voters disapprove of his job performance.

    More details on the poll and its methodology can be found in these two documents:

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    Must-See POLITICO TV: November 1st – November 7th

    Senior Technology Reporter Nancy Scola joined “PBS NewsHour,”—POLITICO’s partner for the December Democratic Presidential debate in Los Angeles-- to break down the strategy behind social media giant Twitter’s decision to stop running political ads. Contextualizing the timing of the announcement, she noted, “There's been this great deal of controversy around Facebook in recent weeks over their policy of not pulling down misleading posts that politicians put up. Jack [Dorsey] was reacting to that in a way and saying, we're taking a completely different path, a completely different road than Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook have decided to go down.” Nancy revealed that Facebook executives aren’t feeling pressured despite being under the spotlight, explaining that, “they say, we have made this decision. Our problem now is we haven't articulated it particularly well. But we have made a decision. We think it's the right way, and we're going to stick to it.”

    Watch the segment here.


    Anna Palmer, senior Washington correspondent and co-author of POLITICO’s Playbook, revealed her deep congressional sourcing on NBC’s “Meet The Press” where she weighed in on the next steps in the House impeachment inquiry. Anna pointed out that while Democrats can make the case that President Trump engaged in a Quid pro quo with Ukraine, they’ve yet to explain why doing so should prevent voters from deciding President Trump’s fate in the 2020 election. She noted, “I don't think Democrats are there yet. I think that you're going to see Nancy Pelosi try to move as fast as possible. I think the problem for Democrats right now though is this next week, they're still going to be doing these depositions behind the scenes. It really gives Republicans that ability to continue to make the argument that, ‘Democrats have just gone rogue. They're going to do this no matter what.’"

    Watch the segment here.

    Congressional Reporter Melanie Zanona, author of the must-read Huddle newsletter and a go-to source on all things happening on Capitol Hill, appeared on CNN’s “The Lead with Jake Tapper” to unpack George Kent’s newly released House impeachment inquiry deposition. Melanie highlighted the significance of Kent’s testimony, saying, “this is a career diplomat, who was put in charge of the Ukraine policy. […] Yet he had to go through, Rudy Giuliani. He testified that Rudy Giuliani had sway over the President's thinking. The reason Democrats want him to testify is because he can illuminate how backwards the Ukraine policy was being carried out in this administration.”

    Watch the segment here.

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    ARLINGTON, VA - In the latest episode of the Women Rule podcast, Women Rule Editorial Director Anna Palmer chats with Amy Howe, president & COO of Ticketmaster North America, about the “obligation to dissent” that drives her to speak up in meetings, lessons learned about management from her years as a business consultant, and how we might be getting that whole “work-life balance” thing all wrong.

    Palmer explores Howe's career path and the lessons she has learned along the way. Howe discusses her incredible support system and the importance of maintaining perspective in difficult situations.

    Some highlights:
    On her advice for work-life balance: "I don’t even love the term [‘work-life balance’] because it implies that on any given day or week that you have to have perfect balance, and I think—at least, what I’ve come to realize over time is, it’s a long game, right? So there are times in your life that you’re not going to have balance, and that’s okay. I’ve made some very conscious choices not to."

    On gaining perspective: "Life is hard. Family, professional—you’re going to have lots of bumps in the road. It’s not a straight path to anywhere. And I think if you can get comfortable at an early age knowing that that’s just how things happen, and when you pick yourself back up, you have perspective, and you know that tomorrow’s going to be a better day. It’s probably the thing that I spend the most time talking to my children about and helping them understand and giving them the toolkit."

    On the importance of having more women at the table: "Within Ticketmaster, our numbers are really good on this front. Roughly 40% of our population is women, and at the senior ranks, we’re incredibly well represented. And you see the diversity of thinking, right? Women sometimes—not to characterize an entire gender one way—but women approach things sometimes very differently, right? We manage differently, we have different leadership styles, and I think when you can get the right combination of leaders—not just women and men, right—but bring real diversity of thought into an organization, that’s when really powerful things happen."

    Listen to the podcast here.

    Women Rule is a community of influential women devoted to expanding leadership opportunities for all women. The Women Rule series aims to inform, empower and connect women across diverse sectors and career levels to have an impact. Produced by POLITICO in partnership with our founding partners Google and the Tory Burch Foundation, Women Rule brings together rising stars, accomplished professionals and VIPs at the pinnacle of their careers for large-scale summits, newsmaker interviews, networking events, podcasts and original reporting.

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    Arlington, VA — According to the latest POLITICO/Morning Consult poll, fifty-six percent of voters say that President Donald Trump will be reelected in 2020 including 85% of Republicans, 51% of independents, and 35% of Democrats. Just thirty-four percent of voters say the opposite. Voter intensity remains high, 84 percent, say they are “very likely” or “absolutely certain” to vote in the primary or caucus in their state. Ninety-two percent of respondents say they are likely to turn out and vote in the election next year, including 96 percent of Democrats and Republicans and 86 percent of independents. The poll was conducted Nov. 1-3.

    “President Trump’s reelection prospects seem to be energizing voter enthusiasm across the political spectrum,” said Tyler Sinclair, Morning Consult’s vice president. “Our data points show that Republicans and Democrats are equally inclined to say they are motivated and likely to vote in next year’s election.”

    Nearly half of voters (46%), disapprove of the way House Democrats are handling the current impeachment inquiry. Overall, 47 percent of voters favor the House voting to impeach Trump, which is down 4 percentage points from the Oct. 11-13 POLITICO/Morning Consult poll. Trump’s approval rating sits at 41 percent, while 55 percent of voters disapprove of his job performance.

    Voters trust President Donald Trump (41%) the most to handle the economy if elected in 2020, followed by former Vice President Joe Biden (39%), Sen. Bernie Sanders (39%) and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (34%). If elected in 2020, voters expect the most regulations on the financial services industry to come from Sanders (48%), Warren (44%) and Biden (39%).

    More details on the poll and its methodology can be found in these two documents:

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    Must-See POLITICO TV: October 25th - October 31st

    Natasha Bertrand, our international expert and national security reporter, appeared on MSNBC’s “Kasie D.C.” to break down her reporting on how the impeachment probe of President Trump is leaving Ukraine policy in chaos. Natasha pulled back the curtain on how officials in Kyiv are wondering who they can trust in Washington, noting, “the Ukrainians have a major existential adversary. And that is Russia. And they are fighting a war. So with all that's happened in the last few months, it's become really difficult for them to lean on the United States for the kind of support they have leaned on the U.S. for in past years.” Natasha explained, “they lost the U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine. [...] And they have also a lot of the key interlocutors […] who have been significantly weakened by their participation in the impeachment inquiry. [..] Ukrainians are really concerned right now about who exactly they can talk to and trust in Washington right now.”

    Watch the segment here.

    Laura Barrón-López, one of our top 2020 political reporters, joined CNN’s “The Lead with Jake Tapper” to weigh in on the significance of Bill Taylor’s testimony. Laura explained that Democrats don’t feel that they need all witnesses to testify publicly. She noted, “being able to land someone like Taylor in a public testimony, they [Democrats] will be pretty happy with that. And then maybe one or two others, because they don't want this to drag out longer than it needs to and they do want to start getting to those as well as having private depositions at the same time.” Shining a light on the Republicans defense to Taylor’s claim that there was Quid pro quo, Laura said, “they just continue to attack the Democratic process. They don’t really dive into the substance and say that they believe that the President hasn’t done anything wrong. They deflect consistently.”

    Watch the segment here.

    Jake Sherman, senior writer and co-author of POLITICO’s Playbook, brought his Congressional expertise to MSNBC’s “Meet The Press Daily” to preview the House vote on impeachment. Jake pointed out that, “most people agree there was a phone call, they know what Trump asked for. Trump has kind of agreed with the general outlines of how Democrats described the call. The only ambiguity is Democrats believe this is the end of the world and Republicans think this is how business is done and Trump did nothing wrong.” He continued to note, “If Republicans find a half measure and Democrats move to impeach then the message is both parties are doing their own thing. And then it doesn’t carry the weight that either one really wants.”

    Watch the segment here.

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    Arlington, VA — According to the latest POLITICO/Morning Consult poll, fifty percent of respondents say they are either "definitely" or "probably" ready for a president who is openly gay, compared with 37 percent who say the opposite. Four in ten voters (40%) say they think America is ready to have a commander in chief who is openly gay, as opposed to 44 percent who say the reverse. Fifty-one percent of Democrats, 42 percent of Independents and 22 percent of Republicans say America is ready for an openly gay president. The poll was conducted Oct. 25-28.

    Mayor Pete Buttigieg’s sexuality “may be an issue for some voters as he remains in contention for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination,” said Tyler Sinclair, Morning Consult”s vice president. “Notably, 58 percent of Republicans, 32 percent of Independents and 22 percent of Democrats say they aren’t ready for a gay or lesbian president. The comparative figures not ready for a female president are 36 percent of Republicans, 15 percent of Independents and 8 percent of Democrats.”

    Forced to choose today between Joe Biden and Donald Trump, voters would side with the former Vice President by a five percent margin (41%-36%). Sen. Bernie Sanders also outperforms President Trump in a hypothetical match-up by two points (39% - 37%).

    Voter support for impeachment has remained stable with a 48%-43% margin, compared to a 49%-43% margin from last week. Nearly half of voters say they support the House (59% - 42%) and Senate (48% - 43%) impeaching and convicting the president. Nearly half of voters (48%), disapprove of the way House Democrats are handling the current impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump. Forty-seven percent of respondents believe President Trump "abused his power to influence the 2020 election." Trump’s approval rating sits at 43 percent, while 54 percent of voters disapprove of his job performance.

    More details on the poll and its methodology can be found in these two documents:

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    Must-See POLITICO TV: October 18th – October 24th

    Ben White, chief economic correspondent and author of POLITICO’s must-read Morning Money newsletter, took the viewers of CNBC’s “Power Lunch” inside his original reporting that corporate America is in a state of panic watching Elizabeth Warren’s rise to frontrunner status. Ben revealed that many people on Wall Street feel that her policies would ruin the American dream, noting, “there is a lot of fear that she gets in, she puts on a wealth tax, she destroys private equity, she sends markets down [...] she would threaten the capitalist system as we know it both in Wall Street, big tech and the lobbying industry.” Ben points out that, “she has to walk a fine line here because resentment is not always a great way to get political support. Americans like the idea of getting rich and doing well. They don’t necessarily feel that all people who have made it are bad, they want to make it themselves. So she cannot demonize the wealth broadly, or the idea of the American dream, and be successful.”

    Watch the segment here.

    Heather Caygle, one of our deeply-sourced congressional reporters, joined CNN’s “Inside Politics” to shed light on Republican anticipation to Bill Taylor’s upcoming testimony. Heather explained that Taylor is viewed as a very credible and detail-oriented witness. She notes, “Republicans are having a hard time, especially these old bulls responding to questions like, do you believe that Bill Taylor is human scum because he is a 50-year public servant, he's a veteran. If Bill Taylor comes and testifies publicly, they will have a hard time attacking him.” She continued to explain that their defense is to say that this is all hearsay but, “He [Bill Taylor] did bring evidence to back up his claim so it's not just hearsay.”

    Watch the segment here.

    Congressional Reporter Andrew Desiderio brought his expertise of Congressional investigations to MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” explaining why Republicans storming a closed-door deposition delayed impeachment proceedings. Andrew contextualized the situation, noting, “we’re still in the heat of the evidence gathering phase, which is why these depositions as they've said have to be conducted behind closed doors.” Acknowledging that the White House impeachment blockade is starting to crumble, Andrew said, “in the coming weeks once we do get to public hearings, I think you can see that erode even further. Of course impeachments have to be a public airing of allegations against the President in part to bring the American public on board. So I think that's something that's really important for Democrats to focus on and they intend to do that in the coming weeks.”

    Watch the segment here.

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    October 25, 2019 (ARLINGTON, VA) – PBS NewsHour and POLITICO today announced that they will host the sixth Democratic primary debate of the 2020 cycle on Thursday, December 19, 2019. The Democratic National Committee (DNC) sanctioned debate will be held at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs. The PBS NewsHour & POLITICO Democratic Debate will be broadcast on PBS stations nationwide as well as stream on PBS NewsHour’s and POLITICO’s digital and social platforms.

    Format and moderators will be announced at a future date. Information as it pertains to media credentials will be issued the week of November 11, 2019.

    “We are thrilled to partner with PBS Newshour for the final Democratic Presidential debate of 2019,” said Patrick Steel, CEO of POLITICO. “On the cusp of hugely consequential election year, we cannot think of a better place than California to demonstrate the breadth of POLITICO’s platforms and reach, as we expand our coverage and overall footprint in California and across the states.”

    The threshold for participation in the sixth debate were also released. To qualify for the December debate stage, candidates must demonstrate broad-based support by meeting both a grassroots fundraising requirement and one of two polling requirements. The deadline for qualifying polls and donations is December 12 at 11:59pm.

    The official threshold rules are below:

    QUALIFICATION CRITERIA FOR THE DECEMBER DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY DEBATE

    To qualify for the Organization Debate, candidates must meet one of two polling requirements (“Polling Threshold”) and the unique donor requirement (“Grassroots Fundraising Threshold”) as detailed below.

    Polling Threshold: To meet the Polling Threshold for the Organization Debate, candidates must meet either theFour-Poll Threshold” or the “Early State Polling Threshold” as described below:

    • Four-Poll Threshold. Receive 4% or more support in at least four polls (which may be national polls, or single-state polls in Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, and/or Nevada) meeting the Qualifying Poll Criteria described below. To meet the Four-Poll Threshold, each one of a candidate’s four qualifying polls must be sponsored by different Qualifying Poll Sponsors, or if by the same Qualifying Poll Sponsor, must be in different geographical areas
    • Early State Polling Threshold. Receive 5% or more support in two single-state polls in Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and/or Nevada that meet the Qualifying Poll Criteria described below. To meet the Early State Polling Threshold, any candidate’s two qualifying polls may be in the same or different geographical areas and from the same or different Qualifying Poll Sponsors.
    • For a poll to be counted towards the Four-Poll Threshold or Early State Polling Threshold, it must meet each of the four requirements described below (“Qualifying Poll Criteria”):

    Each poll must be sponsored by one of the following 16 entities or pairs of entities (“Qualifying Poll Sponsors”): Associated Press; ABC News/Washington Post; CBS News/YouGov; CNN; Des Moines Register; Fox News; Monmouth University; National Public Radio; NBC News/Wall Street Journal; NBC News/Marist; The Nevada Independent, New York Times; Quinnipiac University; University of New Hampshire; USA Today/Suffolk University; Winthrop University. For individual entities that are included only in Qualifying Poll Sponsor pairs but are not listed individually, independent polling by such individual entities or polling conducted in new partnerships with such individual entities shall not meet the Qualifying Poll Criteria.

    Each poll must be publicly released between October 16, 2019 and 11:59 P.M. on December 12, 2019.

    Each poll’s candidate support question must have been conducted by reading or presenting a list of Democratic presidential primary candidates to respondents. Poll questions using an open-ended or un-aided question to gauge presidential primary support will not count.

    Each polling result must be the top-line number listed in the original public release from the approved Qualifying Poll Sponsor, whether or not it is a rounded or weighted number.

    Grassroots Fundraising Threshold: To meet the Grassroots Fundraising Threshold, candidates must submit a certification, executed by the candidate’s campaign Treasurer, by 11 A.M. on December 13, 2019, demonstrating that the campaign has received donations from at least (1) 200,00 unique donors; and (2) a minimum of 800 unique donors per state in at least 20 U.S. states, U.S. territories, or the District of Columbia. Qualifying donations must be received by 11:59 P.M. on December 12, 2019. An acceptable certification must provide or attach adequate verifiable evidence to show that the fundraising threshold has been reached and may include verification from ActBlue or NGP VAN regarding the campaign’s fundraising.

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    ARLINGTON, VA - In the latest episode of the Women Rule podcast, Women Rule Editorial Director Anna Palmer chats with MJ Hegar, a Democrat seeking to challenge U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, about what compelled her to run, her perspective on the race, and why she values being a 'fighter.'

    Palmer explores Hegar's years of service in the U.S. Air Force and how those experiences have shaped her character. Hegar also gives her thoughts on the state of politics today and the current impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump.

    Some highlights:
    On the value of electing representation based on character: "We need to stop electing people whose lifelong dream it is to be a senator. Because when you put somebody up there who is doing this as a fulfillment of their life’s ambition, the probability that they will do anything to get re-elected is higher. We need to start electing people who can do without public office, that will put themselves up. And if you see something in their character that you identify with and you share values with, vote for them. And if not, then don’t."

    On the openness of her campaign: "I think that there really is a yearning for authenticity and connecting to people. A lot of the things that I listed as objections to 'I shouldn’t run for office,' like, 'I’m super transparent.' 'I’m very forthcoming.' 'I can’t pander.' 'I’m not going to sugarcoat anything.' People were like, 'Yes, we’re hungry for that. We’re tired of the used car salesmen.' So you may not agree with everything I say, but you know that I’m open to having a conversation and a dialogue with you."

    On her fundraising advice for female candidates: "I often say, like, you can have the best lemonade in the world, but if you just put a lemonade stand outside your house, you can’t get mad that you’re not competing with Minute Maid. You have to actually do the work, too. When I’m talking to people who are struggling with that, I say, you know, you’re not asking people for money for yourself. It’s not that you’re asking to borrow money. You’re asking them to do what you’re doing, to put their time, and treasure, and energy, and effort toward getting affordable quality healthcare for everybody, and empowering our position on the world stage as a global superpower, and trying not to let that erode before our eyes. And you know, things like that. Just remember the values that you’re fighting for."

    Listen to the podcast here.

    Women Rule is a community of influential women devoted to expanding leadership opportunities for all women. The Women Rule series aims to inform, empower and connect women across diverse sectors and career levels to have an impact. Produced by POLITICO in partnership with our founding partners Google and the Tory Burch Foundation, Women Rule brings together rising stars, accomplished professionals and VIPs at the pinnacle of their careers for large-scale summits, newsmaker interviews, networking events, podcasts and original reporting.