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Libertarian and Green Party candidates didn't qualify for the first presidential debate

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Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson and Green Party candidate Jill Stein missed out on the polling threshold necessary to allow either one of them from participating in the presidential debate scheduled for Sept. 26.

Johnson and Stein satisfied two of the three criteria necessary to participate: They had ballot access in a sufficient number of states, and were constitutionally eligible. But they only polled at 8.4 percent and 3.2 percent, respectively. 

There's a chance the third-party candidates could qualify for the other two debates. Here's some details of those events:

Debate #1

When:
Sept. 26

Where:
Hofstra University

Moderator:
Lester Holt, NBC

The Buzz:
According to a CNN/ORC poll, Americans are expecting Clinton to outperform Trump in the first presidential debate -- although when it comes to debates, evaluations of who won and who lost are often very subjective. 

Pressure  is high for Holt to press Trump for the truth, unlike coworker Matt Lauer. 

Debate #2

When:
Oct. 9

Where:
Washington University in Missouri

Moderator:
Anderson Cooper, CNN and Martha Raddatz, This Week

The Buzz:
Donald Trump is already complaining about Cooper being allowed to moderate the debate, saying that he believes the anchor's status as an employee of CNN should disqualify him from moderating. Thank goodness The Donald has already promised to attend all three debates. 

Unfortunately for Cooper, Trump's not the only one unhappy with how he covers candidates.

Debate #3

When:
Oct. 19

Where:
University of Nevada-Las Vegas

Moderator:
Chris Wallace, Fox News Sunday

The Buzz:
Remember how everyone was upset when Matt Lauer totally bombed interviewing Donald Trump? Chris Wallace has already said that it's not his job to call a candidate out when they are lying. That doesn't inspire a lot of confidence. 

Some online have seen the funny side of Wallace's comments. 

All debates will be broadcast live on C-SPAN, ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, CNN, FOX, MSNBC, and all cable channels. 

May the odds be ever in your candidate's favor. 

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