Steyer qualifies for January debate with double-digit showing in S.C. and Nevada

Ballotpedia's Daily Presidential News Briefing
January 10, 2020: Six candidates have qualified for Tuesday’s Democratic presidential primary debate. Donald Trump focused on the economy, the killing of Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani, and Democratic primary candidates at his rally in Ohio.        

Each Friday, we highlight a presidential candidate’s key campaign staffer.

Daily Presidential News Briefing, Staffer Spotlight - Gabrielle Farrell

Gabrielle Farrell is a Democratic staffer with experience in political communication. She previously worked as press secretary on Warren’s 2018 U.S. Senate campaign. Farrell received a bachelor’s degree from Bryn Mawr College in 2012 and a master’s from Northeastern University in 2017.

Previous campaign work:

  • 2018 Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) U.S. Senate campaign, press secretary
  • 2017 Martin Walsh (Mass.) Boston mayoral campaign, press secretary

Other experience:

  • 2018: New Hampshire Democratic Party, director of communications
  • 2016-2017: Boston Public Schools, deputy chief of staff, communications
  • 2014-2016: Office of Mayor Martin J. Walsh
    • 2015-2016: Associate press secretary
    • 2014-2015: Press assistant
  • 2012-2014: Project Bread
    • 2013-2014: External affairs associate
    • 2012-2013: Communications associate


Notable Quote of the Day

“With Iowa very much up for grabs — no single Democrat has emerged as a dominant front-runner here — the state’s small but growing population of Latinos is getting unprecedented attention. … In party caucuses where fewer than 172,000 people voted in the last presidential cycle, the Democratic candidates figure that driving up turnout even modestly among the roughly 80,000 eligible Iowa Latinos could tip the balance.”

– Evan Halper, The San Diego Union-Tribune


  • Six candidates have qualified for Tuesday’s Democratic presidential primary debateJoe BidenPete ButtigiegAmy KlobucharBernie SandersTom Steyer, and Elizabeth Warren. Steyer qualified late Thursday after two Fox News polls in South Carolina and Nevada showed him at 15 percent and 12 percent, respectively. Friday is the final day to qualify.
  • Michael Bennet is campaigning in South Carolina on Saturday.
  • Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti endorsed Biden on Thursday and will serve as his national campaign co-chair. Biden will campaign in Nevada on Friday and Saturday.
  • Michael Bloomberg is taking a bus tour of Texas with events scheduled Saturday and Sunday in San Antonio, Austin, and Dallas.
  • Buttigieg released his $1 trillion infrastructure plan focused on transportation, clean water supplies, and broadband internet. He is campaigning in Des Moines on Sunday.
  • John Delaney and Sanders are expected to attend a presidential forum on immigration, education, environmental issues, and justice in Des Moines on Sunday.
  • Tulsi Gabbard discussed her vote to pass the War Powers Resolution—which states that the president cannot take further military action in Iran without congressional approval—in a livestream on Thursday night.
  • Klobuchar will continue to campaign in Iowa on Saturday and Sunday with stops in Fort Dodge and Perry.
  • Deval Patrick is attending forums in Nashua and Dover, New Hampshire, on Friday.
  • Sanders is holding several campaign events in Iowa on Saturday and Sunday with Reps. Rashida Tlaib and Ro Khanna.
  • Steyer is campaigning in North Carolina on Saturday and Sunday with stops in Durham and Raleigh.
  • Warren is holding campaign events in Iowa with former 2020 presidential candidate Julián Castro and Rep. Katie Porter.
  • Marianne Williamson is campaigning in Exeter and Manchester, New Hampshire, over the weekend.
  • Andrew Yang will finish his five-day tour of New Hampshire on Sunday. His staff announced on Thursday that they had unionized.


  • Donald Trump focused on the economy, the killing of Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani, and Democratic primary candidates at his rally in Ohio on Thursday night. More than 8,000 people attended the event.
  • Bill Weld is campaigning in Iowa on Friday with stops in Davenport, Iowa City, and Cedar Rapids.

What We’re Reading

Flashback: January 10, 2016

White House Chief of Staff Dennis McDonough said that President Barack Obama would wait until the general election to support a candidate. “We’ll do exactly what has been done in the past, which is when the nominee will be set, then the President will be out there,” McDonough said.

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