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 DelaneyJulián Castro is behind in the polls, but he's finding a niche Democratic strategist predicts most 2020 candidates will drop out in late fall The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump hits media over 'send her back' coverage MORE and [Rep.] Tulsi GabbardTulsi GabbardBiden slams Puerto Rico governor over 'shameful' comments, backs protesters Gabbard arrives in Puerto Rico to 'show support' amid street protests Democratic strategist predicts most 2020 candidates will drop out in late fall MORE [D-Hawaii] practically begging to be invited onto the show." 

While Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenJulián Castro is behind in the polls, but he's finding a niche Gabbard arrives in Puerto Rico to 'show support' amid street protests Democratic strategist predicts most 2020 candidates will drop out in late fall 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