Democratic pollster says candidates with low polling see more need to do Fox town halls

A Democratic pollster said Thursday that Democratic presidential candidates with low polling are more likely to take part in Fox News town halls because they are in need of any kind of publicity. 

"I think some of these candidates have no media exposure, and would rather take any attention," Pia Nargundkar, a senior associate at ALG Research, told Hill.TV's Jamal Simmons on "What America's Thinking." 

"We're seeing candidates who are polling at 1 percent or less need all of the media attention they can get," she said. "That's why we someone like Sen. [Kirsten] Gillibrand [D-N.Y.] go on Fox News and proudly do so, and we see people like John DelaneyJohn Kevin DelaneyFive takeaways from first Democratic debate lineup Five takeaways from first Democratic debate lineup Democratic presidential hopefuls react to debate placement MORE and [Rep.] Tulsi GabbardTulsi GabbardJuan Williams: Trump's incredible shrinking GOP Juan Williams: Trump's incredible shrinking GOP Overnight Defense: Trump doubles down on claim Iran attacked tankers | Iran calls accusations 'alarming' | Top nuke official quietly left Pentagon | Pelosi vows Congress will block Saudi arms sale MORE [D-Hawaii] practically begging to be invited onto the show." 

While Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenTrump hits polling on Fox News: 'Something weird going on at Fox' Trump hits polling on Fox News: 'Something weird going on at Fox' 2020 Democrats look to cut into Biden's lead with black voters MORE (D-Mass.) publicly refused to take part in Fox News town halls, other Democratic candidates have participated. 

Fox News announced on Thursday that former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro would be participating in a town hall on the network in June.

A Hill-HarrisX poll released on Thursday found that 78 percent of Democratic voters surveyed said they believed 2020 Democratic candidates should take part in events hosted by the cable network.

— Julia Manchester