Former presidential candidate Andrew Yang today urged voters to support Steven Olikara in his bid for U.S. Senate as part of a bid to collect enough donations to help qualify for a debate next month.

Yang in an online webinar encouraged voters to donate to Olikara’s campaign against U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Oshkosh, and help the Millennial Action Project CEO meet the monetary threshold to get to the debate stage. is a partner with Marquette University, TMJ4 and others hosting a July 17 U.S. Senate Dem primary debate.

To qualify, candidates must demonstrate:

* at least 5 percent support in the most recent Marquette University Law School polling, or other publicly available non-candidate or non-candidate-affiliated statewide surveys meeting a C or better reliability rating from the polling website through June 30;
* or at least a 5 percent average in the previous two Marquette University Law School polls in 2022;
* or total individual contributors of at least 5,000 people through June 30.

Olikara was at less than 0.5 percent in the latest Marquette poll released last week after getting no support in the April and February surveys.

Yang said he would “enjoy the heck out of” a trip to Wisconsin to campaign with Olikara. He also said Olikara would “destroy Ron Johnson.”

Also in the running for the Johnson’s seat are: Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes; State Treasurer Sarah Godlewski; and Alex Lasry, on leave from his job at the Milwaukee Bucks.

See Olikara’s release here.

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