Hutchinson says he has 5,000 of the 40,000 donors needed to qualify for GOP debates

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Former Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson has about 5,000 of the 40,000 donors needed to reach the debate stage in August, the GOP presidential candidate said Thursday.

“We are around 5,000, so we have more work to do. We have time to do it,” Hutchinson said radio host Hugh Hewitt when pressed on his donor numbers.

Hutchinson has previously criticized the Republican National Committee’s requirements for candidates to qualify for debates: garner donations from at least 40,000 national contributors and polls consistently above 1 percent in three national polls or two national polls and one state poll. A mild-mannered candidate, the former governor explained it could take « explosive rhetoric » that « gets people excited » or millions of dollars to raise those donors.