Cooper, Kelly top picks to moderate debates
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CNN's Anderson Cooper and Fox News's Megyn Kelly are the top choices to moderate the presidential debates, according to a new poll.

Cooper was the top selection in the Morning Consult poll released Monday, with 34 percent. Kelly was second, at 25 percent.

Rounding out the top five are Fox News's Chris Wallace, at 22 percent; Bob Schieffer, who is now retired from CBS News, at 17 percent; and CNN's Wolf Blitzer, at 16 percent.

Selections are not expected until "the end of August at the earliest," Mike McCurry — co-chairman of the Commission on Presidential Debates — recently told The Hill.

Along party lines, Cooper — who last week scored CNN's first interview with Republican presidential nominee Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpSunday shows preview: Trump sells U.N. reorganizing and Kavanaugh allegations dominate Ex-Trump staffer out at CNN amid “false and defamatory accusations” Democrats opposed to Pelosi lack challenger to topple her MORE since June — was the top choice among those supporting Democratic nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonPompeo: 'We've not been successful' in changing US-Russia relations Michael Moore ties Obama to Trump's win in Michigan in 2016 The Memo: Could Kavanaugh furor spark another ‘year of the woman’? MORE.

Wallace — who interviewed Clinton on "Fox News Sunday" on July 31 — was the top choice for supporters of Trump.

In a survey conducted by The Hill earlier this month, NBC's Lester Holt was the top choice of many media insiders to serve as moderator. He did not receive any votes in the Morning Consult poll.

Overall, the hosts of the broadcast network's Sunday morning talk shows didn't fare well in the new poll.

Just 7 percent selected Chuck Todd of NBC’s "Meet the Press," while John Dickerson of CBS's "Face the Nation" and George Stephanopoulos of ABC's "This Week" garnered 5 and 4 percent, respectively.

The first presidential debate is set for Sept. 26 at Hofstra University on Long Island, N.Y.