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Fates of Johnson, Stein Getting Into Debates in Hands of Five Polls

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Libertarian Party presidential candidate Gary Johnson (AP)

By    |   Monday, 15 Aug 2016 10:35 PM

Two candidates for president have some ground to make up if they want to partake in the presidential debates ahead of November's election.

Libertarian Gary Johnson and Green Party candidate Jill Stein are trying to elbow their way into the debates that will already include Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton. Candidates must have an average of at least 15 percent support across five national polls, which were unveiled Monday.

CNN reports The Commission on Presidential Debates said the following polls will be used to determine who gets into the debates: ABC-Washington Post, CBS-New York Times, CNN-Opinion Research Corporation, Fox News, and NBC-Wall Street Journal.

Johnson and Stein are generally stuck in the single digits in most polls that have included them at this point of the campaign cycle.

The first debate is slated for September 26 at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y.

Debate sites, meanwhile, were recently told to prepare to have a third podium set up on stage just in case one of the third-party candidates makes the cut and gets in.

Johnson and his running mate, former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld, claimed last month that former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is considering endorsing their ticket.

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