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 Delaney2020 Democrats defend climate priorities in MSNBC forum The Hill's Campaign Report: De Blasio drops out | Warren gains support from black voters | Sanders retools campaign team | Warning signs for Tillis in NC Analysis: 2020 digital spending vastly outpaces TV ads MORE and [Rep.] Tulsi GabbardTulsi GabbardAnalysis: 2020 digital spending vastly outpaces TV ads Sanders searches for answers amid Warren steamroller Kavanaugh book author on impeachment calls: 'That's not our determination to make' MORE [D-Hawaii] practically begging to be invited onto the show." 

While Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenWarren overtakes Biden in Iowa for first time: poll Warren avoids attacks while building momentum Sanders unveils plan to eliminate Americans' medical debt 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