Not entirely surprising, Libertarian Gary Johnson (8.4%) and Green Party’s Jill Stein (3.2%) missed the 15% polling threshold for inclusion in the first presidential debate on September 26th; leaving Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump to face each other across the stage.
Though Johnson and Stein satisfied two of the criteria necessary to participate – that they be constitutionally eligible and have achieved ballot access in a sufficient number of states to win a theoretical Electoral College majority – neither met the threshold on polling.
We suspect a lot of Millennials will be very angry, as we noted previously, 44% of them said they would vote for either Stein or Johnson (before his 'Aleppo' moment)...
44% of millennials say they are voting for Johnson or Stein in new Quinnipiac poll; Trump in 3rd place in group pic.twitter.com/Zs472VjM0S— Russell Berman (@russellberman) September 14, 2016
As Bloomberg notes,
The Vice-presidential debate on Oct. 4 will include Democrat Tim Kaine and Republican Mike Pence only.
The Commission on Presidential Debates says that it will re-apply debate stage inclusion criteria ahead of 2nd and 3rd presidential debates.
Mano a (wo)mano...