The presidential debate commission made it official Friday: Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson will not be invited to the first presidential debate in ten days.
In announcing that it invited only Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump to the Sept. 26 event, the non-partisan, non-profit Commission on Presidential Debates said it “applied its Nonpartisan Candidate Selection Criteria” — polling requirements that left out Johnson.
Candidates were required to reach 15% support in a selection of national polls to qualify, which means the Green Party’s Jill Stein also failed to win an invitation. According to the polls averaged by the commission, Johnson had 8.4% backing, while Stein had 3.2%.
So Clinton and Trump will face off by themselves on Sept. 26 at Hofstra University on Long Island in New York.
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