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Thursday, October 10, 2013
The final scheduled Virginia gubernatorial debate will proceed without Libertarian nominee Robert Sarvis.
Organizers of the Oct. 24 debate at Virginia Tech announced today that the debate will take place with Republican nominee Ken Cuccinelli and Democrat Terry McAuliffe.
In a statement, Kelly Zuber, news director of WDBJ (Channel 7), which is co-hosting the debate with Virginia Tech, said both major party campaigns agreed to language that the third-party nominee would be invited to participate if he was polling at 10 percent or greater in "major statewide independent polls" released within the three weeks ahead of Oct. 10.
The eligibility decision was to rely heavily on the averages of major polls on www.realclearpolitics.com and as of Thursday they said Sarvis is polling at 9 percent based on the averages.
The debate will take place at 7 p.m. on Oct. 24.
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