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Presidential Debates Eligibility Criteria Revealed

The Commission on Presidential Debates revealed the polling it will use to determine the participants in the upcoming debates before this fall’s general election.

by Ryan Lovelace

(Washington Examiner) – The polls included will be conducted by ABC/Washington Post, CBS/New York Times, NBC/Wall Street Journal, CNN/Opinion Research Corporation and Fox News.

The commission said the polls’ selection was made with the advice of Frank Newport, editor-in-chief of Gallup. The surveys were selected based upon the “reliable frequency of polling and sample size,” the “soundness of the survey methodology” and the “longevity and reputation of the polling organization,” according to the commission.

The participants to be included in the debates must qualify to have their name appear as a candidate for president on enough state ballots to have a mathematical chance of securing the Electoral College majority necessary to win the presidency in the 2016 general election.

The commission also requires candidates appearing in the debates satisfy the eligibility requirements of the Constitution and meet a 15 percent polling threshold in five public opinion polling organizations selected by the commission.

Only Republican nominee Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton meet such criterion thus far. Using the most recent polling data from the organizations handpicked by the commission, Libertarian nominee Gary Johnson reportedly registered 9.8 percent support.

The first presidential debate date put forward by the commission is Sept. 26 at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y.

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