NEWPORT NEWS, Va. — Libertarian senatorial candidate Robert Sarvis said a new poll released by Christopher Newport University helped prove he should have been included in recent debates that involved the other candidates for Virginia’s U.S. Senate seat.
The poll, which questioned Virginia voters between the ages of 18 – 35, showed Sarvis had twice as much support (24 percent) than his Republican challenger Ed Gillespie (11 percent). The incumbent, Senator Mark Warner (D – Virginia), had 47 percent support.
“Despite a shoestring budget and exclusion from all three debates, my campaign for an Open-Minded and Open for Business society has proved popular among millennial voters,” Sarvis said in a statement about the CNU poll results. “Unfortunately, both Ed Gillespie and Mark Warner refused an invitation from students at University of Mary Washington for a three-candidate debate.”
Sarvis was not invited to debates between Gillespie and Warner because he failed to meet the minimum threshold in polls that questioned all voters 18 and up.
Fifty-eight percent of Millennials polled said they did not think the government was trying to solve the problems their generation faces.
In a recent interview with the VCU iPadJournos, Sarvis explained why he wanted to change the traditional model of higher education.
“We need a much more flexible educational system to train and retrain our young people for the workforce and the future where they’re going to have to go from occupation to occupation or job to job,” Sarvis said.