Tulsi Pushes Upwards
Tulsi now has 97,170 unique donors. Her daily rate of new donors has fluctuated day to day, with more than 800 yesterday, and about 500 in each of the two days before. She needs 657 per day until August 28 to reach the required 130,000 unique donors.
In the handful of days after her first debate, she gained about 12,000 new donors, so people are hopeful the second debate will result in a similar (or even better) gain.
On the polling side, things have definitely been interesting. I believe the debate polling requirements are that a candidate poll at at least 2% in 4 different approved polls (either nationwide or in the four preliminary primary/caucus states). This is in addition to getting 130,000 unique donors.
Today's national Economist/YouGov poll has her at 2% (although RealClearPolitics.com shows it incorrectly at 3%). Yesterday's national Emerson College poll also shows Tulsi at 2%. A Harvard-Harris national poll on July 2 showed Tulsi at 2%.
However, all these polls are not on the DNC approved polls list. (You all look so surprised!)
Tulsi is averaging the 8th most popular Democratic candidate in polls--considering there are 24 or so, that's not too shabby.
But another thing to note is Tulsi rise in more mainstream media-type polls (that actually do count towards the debate requirements). Typically, she was running 0% in most of those before the first debate. Now, she is solidly at 1%--in pretty much all polls. Quinnipiac, USA Today/Suffolk, ABC News/Washington Post, and CNN. That's actually a solid uptick, and could bode well for her in upcoming polls.