October 10, 2013
Robert Sarvis, Libertarian candidate for Virginia Governor, will not be invited to the final Governor's debate.
The debate, which is being organized by WDBJ and will be held on Virginia Tech's campus, is scheduled for October 24.
WDBJ explained why Sarvis is not invited on their website:
"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."
Sarvis' campaign responded with this statement:
"We all know what happened here. As the goalposts kept changing over the past couple weeks, it became clear that the decision would be made on the basis of measures that have the patina of objectivity, but in fact are designed to exclude.
A decision made two weeks in advance of the debate—an eternity this close to Election Day—based on an average of polls released over a three-week window effectively anchors us to the lower numbers of older polls, even though our numbers continue to rise in every poll. I am disappointed, but not surprised."
Republican Ken Cuccinelli and Democrat Terry McAuliffe will participate in the debate.