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 DelaneyNevada caucuses open with a few hiccups Lobbying world The Hill's Campaign Report: Four-way sprint to Iowa finish line MORE and [Rep.] Tulsi GabbardTulsi GabbardPoll: Biden, Sanders tied in Texas, followed by Warren Five takeaways from new fundraising reports for 2020 Democrats Overnight Defense: GOP lawmaker takes unannounced trip to Syria | Taliban leader pens New York Times op-ed on peace talks | Cheney blasts paper for publishing op-ed MORE [D-Hawaii] practically begging to be invited onto the show." 

While Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenCandidates face pressure to exit presidential race Buttigieg proposes undoing SALT deduction cap Bloomberg called Warren 'scary,' knocked Obama's first term in leaked audio 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