Barbara Howe's complaint with the Federal Communications Commission accuses WRAL of "viewpoint discrimination" by not allowing her to share the stage with Mike Easley and Patrick Ballantine.
WRAL looked at several issues in deciding to exclude Howe from the Oct. 15 debate. The main factor is her overall lack of support. In the 2000 governor's race, she received 42,000 votes -- which was just 1 percent.
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