On October 10, Rob Sarvis was told he will not be included in the only remaining Virginia gubernatorial debate, because even though he has been at 10% in some polls recently, the average of polls for the last period is only 9%. See this story.
In 2010, there were 40 states which held general election debates for Governor, U.S. Senator, and/or Congressman-at-Large, and in 24 of them, at least one minor party or independent candidate was invited into a debate with both the major party nominees. The 24 states were Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, New York, North Carolina, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming. Also there was a Texas gubernatorial debate that included the Democratic, Libertarian, and Green nominees, but the Republican did not participate.
Is it ironic that Virginia’s habits for debates are so restrictive compared to other states, given that Virginia was home to Thomas Jefferson. Thanks to Independent Political Report for the link.