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 DelaneyPoll: Biden holds 20-point lead in South Carolina Deval Patrick: a short runway, but potential to get airborne Delaney to take message to Iowa voters on Sunday with infomercial MORE and [Rep.] Tulsi GabbardTulsi GabbardSanders reclaims second place in new 2020 poll New poll catapults Buttigieg to frontrunner position in Iowa Deval Patrick: a short runway, but potential to get airborne MORE [D-Hawaii] practically begging to be invited onto the show." 

While Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenRahm Emanuel: Bloomberg, Patrick entering race will allow Democrats to have 'ideas primary' Feehery: Pivoting to infrastructure could help heal post-impeachment wounds Jayapal hits back at Biden on marijuana 'prohibition' 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