Presidential Candidate Gary Johnson Meets CNN Debate Criteria; Remains Hopeful For InclusionJune 9, 2011Posted in Blog, Gov. Gary Johnson
June 9, 2011, Santa Fe, NM – The Johnson 2012 Campaign released evidence today confirming that former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson has met the polling criteria to attend the CNN Republican primary debate scheduled for Monday.
Debate sponsors CNN, WMUR and the Union Leader require one of three polling requirements to be reached for a candidate to be included. The Johnson campaign has discovered that the criteria for “an average of at least 2.00 percent in at least three national polls released in May” was achieved using the approved polls below:
– A CNN Opinion Research Corporation Poll released on May 27 shows Governor Johnson at 2% nationally.
– A Gallup poll from May 26 shows Johnson at 3%.
– A Quinnipiac poll released May 4 shows Johnson’s support at 1%.
Together the three approved polls total 6%, which is a 2% average, thereby qualifying Governor Johnson for Monday’s debate.
Upon seeing this information, Ron Nielson, Senior Advisor to Johnson’s campaign, released the following statement, “It is our hope that CNN will review the criteria that has excluded two-term Governor Gary Johnson from the New Hampshire debate. Now that this information has come to light, we look forward to receiving an invitation for Governor Johnson to participate.”