Viva Las Vegas? Maybe Not for Jon Huntsman

Sep 26, 2011 9:23pm

Jon Huntsman is gaining traction in the Granite State, but that might not be enough to secure his spot in CNN’s Western Republican Presidential Debate in Las Vegas next month. The former governor is polling between 1 percent and 2 percent nationally, putting his debate spot in jeopardy.

In order to take the stage of the Oct. 18 debate, CNN states: “A person must receive an average of at least 2.00 percent in at least three national polls released between September 1st and October 16th that were conducted by the following organization: ABC, AP, Bloomberg, CBS News/New York Times, CNN, FOX, Gallup, Los Angeles Times, Marist, McClatchy, NBC, Newsweek, Pew, Quinnipiac, Reuters, USA Today and Time.” Huntsman has reached 2 percent in only two of the polls listed. If he does not reach at least 2 percent in one more of the accepted polls, he will not be allowed to participate.

CNN’s Washington bureau chief Sam Feist tells the New York Times: “To be clear, it’s the same exact standard we’ve had for all our debates.”

While Huntsman has remained in single digits since he announced he was running for president, as a candidate he has never been denied the opportunity to participate in a debate.

Huntsman’s campaign declined to comment.

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