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RPOF v. FOX over Gary Johnson (in presidential debate, not straw poll)

And then, there were 9.

Former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson was added at the last minute to Thursday's Presidency 5 debate broadcast by Fox News -- the first cable-news outlet to give the libertarian-leaning Republican a night in the spotlight.

But the Republican Party of Florida, the P5 sponsor, was unaware of the decision. Spokesman Brian Hughes said RPOF believed that, under its agreement with FOX, only candidates who had received 1 percent or more in each of the last five national polls would be included. By that standard, Johnson wouldn't be on stage.

FOX thought otherwise.

Still, it looks as if Johnson's name won't be on the P5 straw poll Thursday (perhaps he could be a write-in?).

Here's the Daily Beast report on Johnson. Here's our piece on him when he was in Florida.