Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on Friday all but secured a spot on the Democratic presidential debate stage next month, after collecting the 65,000th individual donor of his campaign.
The Democratic National Committee has given candidates two paths to get into its first primary debates in June and July: hitting the 65,000 donor mark or getting at least 1 percent support in three or more qualifying polls. Inslee, who launched his presidential campaign in March, has already passed the polling mark.
The DNC has capped participation in the first debates at 20 candidates, meaning some declared Democratic contenders will be left out. But candidates who hit both thresholds will get priority over those who only meet one, and it is extremely unlikely that more than 20 Democrats will meet both the polling and the fundraising criteria.