Libertarian candidate Sarvis won't be included in final Virginia governor's race debateSubmitted by TheSystemIsBroken on Thu, 10/10/2013 - 19:48
'Thursday was the deadline for a decision, and the candidate's showing in recent polls came in just under the level he needed to receive an invitation.
WDBJ7 and Virginia Tech are co-hosting the October 24th debate in Blacksburg. Thursday afternoon the television station announced the event will include the two major party candidates, Republican Ken Cuccinelli and Democrat Terry McAuliffe.
The threshold for participation of the third-party candidate was 10 percent in the major independent polls of the last three weeks. The agreement with the Cuccinelli and McAuliffe campaigns said the decision would rely heavily on an average of major polls tracked by the website www.realclearpolitics.com.
Though Sarvis had polled above 10 percent in some recent surveys, the average came in at 9 percent on Thursday’s deadline.