Sarvis Not Participating in Gubernatorial Debate

By: Charles House II Email
By: Charles House II Email

ROANOKE, Va. (WHSV) -- The Libertarian candidate for Virginia governor, Robert Sarvis, has had surprising numbers in the polls; however, they weren't enough to include him in the upcoming debate in Blacksburg hosted by Roanoke television station WDBJ.

Sarvis needed to maintain a 10 percent poll average by Oct. 10 to be invited to the debate. Although his numbers have been as high as 12 percent, his average as of Oct. 10 was about 9 percent.

The Sarvis campaign released the following statement about the debate decision:

"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.

Our political system has been distorted for the benefit of the two incumbent parties and no longer serves the voters of Virginia. That's why this campaign is such a breath of fresh air for so many people and why I remain undeterred.

To the voters of Virginia, I say this: I won't let anyone take away your right to hear from all the candidates. I will carry on the campaign and show you why I am - and my vision for a Virginia that’s both “Open-minded and Open for Business” is - the best choice for Governor of Virginia."


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