BLACKSBURG - Robert Sarvis, the Libertarian candidate for Governor of Virginia, will not be invited to participate in the final debate of the governor's race.
WDBJ, the station organizing the Oct. 24 debate on the Virginia Tech campus, announced late Thursday that Robert Sarvis has fallen just short of the 10 percent threshold for a third candidate to get on stage.
Sarvis released a statement that says he is disappointed, but not surprised.
"We all know what happened here," the statement reads. "As the goalposts kept changing over the past couple weeks, it became clear that the decision would be made on the basis of measures that have the patina of objectivity, but in fact are designed to exclude.
Although he won't participate in the debate, Sarvis says he is undeterred in his campaign.
"To the voters of Virginia, I say this: I won't let anyone take away your right to hear from all the candidates. I will carry on the campaign and show you why I am - and my vision for a Virginia that's both 'Open-minded and Open for Business' is - the best choice for Governor of Virginia."
The candidates--including Robert Sarvis--will be at the 8News and Radio One Gubernatorial Community Forum on Saturday, Oct. 26. Click here to sign up and ask them your questions.
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