Larry Elder To Sue RNC For Debate Exclusion

GOP presidential candidate Larry Elder’s campaign is suing the Republican National Committee (RNC) following his exclusion from the first Republican debate coming up on Wednesday night.

The RNC omitted Elder from the debate claiming that the Republican nominee hopeful did not meet its criteria to be on the debate stage.

Elder is required to have secured 40,000 individual donors as well as 200 individual donors from at least 20 different states by Monday night to be on the debate stage. Candidates must also poll at least 1% in three national polls OR 1% in two national polls and 1% in one early state poll from two separate ‘carve out’ states (Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada, South Carolina) recognized by the RNC.

While Elder’s campaign argued that he met all the criteria needed to be on the stage, the RNC disqualified the Republican candidate on the grounds that they were not accepting Rasmussen Polls due to its connection to former President Donald Trump.
The campaign argued that Elder had no knowledge of Trump’s previous work with Rasmussen and that if the RNC had notified candidates before the deadline, they would have submitted other identified other qualifying surveys.
The campaign added that the RNC accepted polls that Elder was not listed as a candidate option, a point the candidate argued should lift the “poorly-designed” poll requirement.

“I said from the beginning that it appeared the rules of the game were rigged,” Elder stated in an emailed press release on Tuesday. “Little did we know just how rigged it is. For some reason, the establishment leaders at the RNC are afraid of having my voice on the Debate stage. Just as I had to fight to successfully be on the ballot in the California Recall election, I will fight to be on that Debate stage because I fully met all of the requirements to do so.”