Monday, October 14, 2013

Sarvis excluded from final VA gubernatorial debate

Libertarian excluded from Virginia gubernatorial debate - James Hohmann -

October 10, 2013 - "The Libertarian candidate will not be invited to participate in the final debate of the Virginia governor’s race, a break for Republican Ken Cuccinelli.

"WDBJ7, the CBS affiliate organizing the Oct. 24 debate on the campus of Virginia Tech, announced late Thursday that Robert Sarvis has fallen just short of the 10 percent threshold for a third candidate to get on stage.

"'As of this date, the third party candidate is polling at 9.0% based on the averages on and would, therefore, not meet the guidelines agreed upon by the campaigns,' emailed Kelly Zuber, the station’s news director....

"With both major candidates viewed more unfavorably than favorably, the libertarian option has fared well among voters who don’t want to pick between 'the lesser of two evils.' Sarvis received 12 percent in a three-way POLITICO poll conducted over the weekend of likely voters, while Democrat Terry McAuliffe was at 44 percent and Cuccinelli 35 percent.

"Cuccinelli’s campaign has warned that Sarvis could be a spoiler."

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