- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 17, 2014

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Republican Gov. Rick Scott and Democrat Charlie Crist are the only candidates that qualify for a Leadership Florida/Florida Press Association debate.

Representatives from the groups said Wednesday that Libertarian Adrian Wyllie won’t be included in the Oct. 15 debate unless a poll shows he has stronger support by the end of the month.

Candidates need at least 15 percent support in a credible poll, including the benefit of the poll’s margin of error.

Wyllie’s campaign said it would fight to be included in the debate and noted the same groups used to set 10 percent support in a poll as the qualifying number, plus the benefit of margin of error.

That was raised after a Reform Party candidate nearly won a court battle to participate in a 2006 gubernatorial debate.

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