In a new Zogby Republican presidential poll released on Thursday, gay California businessman Fred Karger tied former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, with 1% of the 1,103 people sampled saying they’d vote for either. Voters where asked to select candidates under two scenarios—with only the announced candidates as options and again with Sarah Palin, Chris Christie and Rick Perry (none of whom have formally declared their intent) as choices.
While Karger’s chances at moving into 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue are slim—even nonentities like Jon Huntsman and Gary Johnson scored better—it does make it slightly more likely that Fox News will have to include him in their upcoming Republican presidential debate. The conservative “news” network has stated that a candidate must receive an average of 1% in five national polls to be invited to the August 11 event, being held in Ames, Iowa.
“We’re almost there,” said Karger. “This is now the third poll in just the past couple of months where I am averaging the magic 1%. For a first-time candidate, who has not raised millions of dollars, I am ecstatic about the results. Now we just need to score in two more polls and I will be standing on the stage in Ames, Iowa, next month with the other candidates… I have been at this for 18 months and all that work is beginning to translate into support. We’re up from 0% just four weeks ago.”
Not exactly “We’re Number One!” but we would love to see Karger at the debate—just to watch Michelle Bachmann and Rick Santorum squirm.