Third party candidates won’t be in Utah TV debates

Posted at 3:36 PM, Sep 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-08 18:06:37-04

SALT LAKE CITY -- All of Utah's third-party candidates failed to make the poll threshold to appear in a series of televised debates leading up to the 2016 election.

The Utah Debate Commission, a non-partisan group set up to broadcast the debates for the state's major races, announced who was being invited to participate. The threshold for participation was 10 percent in its polling. However, the commission said with its 4.38-percent margin of error, candidates who got 5.62 percent in the poll would be invited to participate.

Libertarians -- including attorney general candidate Andrew McCullough -- came close at 4.5 percent. Constitution Party candidate Paul McCollaum Jr. got 4.6 percent in the 2nd Congressional District poll.

Here's the poll results:

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The first debate will be the Utah Attorney General's race on Sept. 21 at Dixie State University. FOX 13 will broadcast them on channel 13.2 and stream them on Here's the full schedule.