The NY Times may lose their opportunity to endorse Jon Huntsman in the Republican primaries:
Jon Huntsman, the former governor of Utah, has been in every presidential debate since he threw his hat in the ring last June.
Now, that may change.
CNN, which is hosting a debate in Las Vegas on Oct. 18, has set criteria for participation that Mr. Huntsman — at this point — has not managed to meet.
The network has said candidates must reach an average level of support of 2 percent in three separate polls by news organizations published since Sept. 1. Mr. Huntsman has reached 2 percent in two polls, but has been at 1 percent in the rest.
If he doesn’t reach 2 percent in a third poll by Oct. 16, Mr. Huntsman will not be on the stage. Sam Feist, the Washington bureau chief for CNN, said Monday that the network set the 2 percent floor months ago and hasn’t changed it.
Geez, I guess Huntsman's "Vote for me if you hate conservatives as much as I do" message hasn't caught fire amongst Republicans. Oh, well - the Times was not going to endorse Huntsman in the general election anyway (but don't tell Huntsman that!).
I presume this also bodes poorly for Governor Johnson, the libertarian from New Mexico, who barely crept into the Fox debate by scoring 1% (or better) in five recent polls in which he was included. OTOH, per the Polling Report, Gov. Johnson was at 2% in the McClatchy-Marist Poll. Aug. 2-4, the CNN/ORC Poll. Aug. 24-25, the, hmm, Gallup Poll. May 20-24 and the USA Today/Gallup Poll. June 8-11. None of those are after Sept 1, and I see that in the Sept USA Today and McClatchy polls Johnson was not included.