(WKBN) – Valley Congressman Tim Ryan has qualified for the first Democratic primary debates.
In a statement from Ryan’s campaign, Ryan has done well enough in three early polls that would earn him a spot on the stage due to Democratic National Committee rules.
Those rules say candidates need to earn 1 percent or more support in three public polls or receive donations from at least 65,000 donors.
Congressman Ryan surpassed that threshold in Monmouth University’s first poll of Iowa Democratic voters of the 2020 cycle on April 11, as well as a University of New Hampshire poll released on Monday, April 22. He also registered in the Ipsos Public Affairs and Reuters public poll, released on Wednesday.
Ryan is one of 16 candidates that qualify as a result of polls and/or donors, according to fivethirtyeight.com.
Fivethirtyeight.com is a nationwide polling service operated for ABC News.
The Democratic National Committee hasn’t officially released a list of qualifying candidates yet.
The debates take place on June 26 and June 27 in Miami, Florida.