Governor Jay Inslee announces his candidacy for President on Friday, March 1, 2019, at A&R Solar on Martin Luther King Jr. Way in Seattle.
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Governor Jay Inslee announces his candidacy for President on Friday, March 1, 2019, at A&R Solar on Martin Luther King Jr. Way in Seattle.
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Race is on for Inslee to have a place in presidential debates

Washington Governor Inslee has 10 days to make a final push for support if he wants to be on the presidential debate stage again.

Democratic presidential candidates must break through the surface of at least four polls — 2% or more — in order to participate in the next debates, and Inslee hasn't done that yet.

The Democratic party will only consider polls released August 28 or earlier.

Inslee has lost support in some of the most recent surveys.

The latest big poll, from Fox News, has Inslee under 1%, below author Marianne Williamson and climate activist Tom Steyer.

His campaign has gained thousands of new donors in recent weeks, but that's not enough for the debate stage.

The question for political watchers is how long he stays in the race if he doesn't gain steam and how it will impact the 2020 Washington governor's race.