New poll numbers allow Griebel to appear in upcoming debates

HARTFORD  — New poll results have prompted debate invitations for Oz Griebel, the independent candidate for Connecticut governor.

His campaign confirmed Wednesday that he is now allowed to participate in gubernatorial debates planned for Oct. 18 and 30 with Democrat Ned Lamont and Republican Bob Stefanowski.

The Quinnipiac University Poll shows 11 percent of likely voters would support Griebel for governor if the election were held Wednesday. Forty-seven percent support Lamont and 39 percent back Stefanowski. There’s a margin of sampling error of 5 percent.

A spokesman for the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities, a host of the Oct. 30 debate, says 10 percent was the threshold to participate.

Poll Director Douglas Schwartz says there is “some opening” for Griebel given what he calls the other candidates’ “tepid” favorability ratings.