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The Commission on Presidential Debates previously decided that to be invited to take part in the first presidential debate coming up on Monday, September 26, a candidate had to have at a minimum average of 15% of five specific national polls.
Those polls are ABC-Washington Post, CBS-New York Times, CNN-ORC, Fox News and the NBC/Wall Street Journal.
The Commission announced today that only Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump meets or exceeds that requirement.
Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson and Jill Stein of the Green Party failed to reach the threshold of 15%.
Johnson averaged 8.4%, and Stein found an average of 3.2% support.
The result is bad news not only for Johnson and Stein, but for Trump, who will now have to face Hillary Clinton one on one. Clinton is a skilled debater armed with tons of facts to address questions. The Trump campaign has shared that their candidate doesn't feel the need to do any serious prep for the three presidential debates.
Should make for very interesting TV.