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Tim Ryan qualifies for first Democratic presidential debate

Congressman passes 1-percent threshold in 3 polls

Tribune Chronicle file art / R. Michael Semple U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Howland, has qualified for the first Democratic National Committee debate in June in Miami, Ryan’s campaign announced Friday.

WARREN — Presidential poll numbers for Congressman Timothy J. Ryan have risen to the point where he now qualifies to participate in the first Democratic National Committee presidential primary debate in late June.

Ryan’s campaign announced the achievement Friday, stating the nine-term U.S. representative “right out of the gate” began to build momentum by “focusing on healing the deep, painful divides” that have torn apart communities and families.

According to DNC criteria to qualify, a candidate needs either at least 1 percent support in three qualifying polls, or have at least 65,000 unique donors with a minimum of 200 different donors in at least 20 states.

Ryan surpassed the 1 percent threshold in Monmouth University’s first poll of Iowa Democratic voters of the 2020 cycle on April 11 and and the University of New Hampshire poll released on Monday. He also registered in the Ipsos Public Affairs and Reuters public poll released Wednesday.

The FiveThirtyEight website reported Ryan got the support of 1 percent of respondents in the Ipsos / Reuters and Monmouth polls, and 2 percent in the University of New Hampshire poll.

“There’s no question that America is craving the pragmatic, progressive leadership Tim Ryan brings to the table — and he’ll continue to champion the solutions we need to innovate or economy, fix our broken health care and educational systems and unite our country with opportunity that rebuilds the American Dream,” said campaign communications director Julia Krieger.

The top 20 Democratic presidential candidates will debate June 26 and 27 in Miami. Ten candidates selected at random will debate each day.

If more than 20 candidates qualify for a debate, the DNC will narrow the field by giving preference to candidates who met both fundraising and polling criteria first and then to candidates with the highest polling averages.

FiveThirtyEight reports 16 candidates have met at least one of the two criteria and at least six candidates cleared both fundraising and polling hurdles. Those six are Pete Buttigieg, Kamala Harris, Beto O’Rourke, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and Andrew Yang.

Mandi Merritt, spokeswoman for the Republican National Committee, said Ryan is “just like” the other Democrats who will be on the debate stage, “pushing out of touch policies at the expense of our booming economy.”

“As candidates race to the left of one another on topics like government-run healthcare and the Green New Deal, the American people will have the perfect opportunity to see just how radical 2020 Democrats really are — on primetime television,” Merritt said.

Ryan announced his bid for the White House on April 4. Two days later, he rallied supporters in downtown Youngstown.

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