Monday, Sept. 26, 2011 | 3:43 p.m.
The New York Times reports this afternoon that Republican presidential candidate Jon Huntsman is in danger of losing his spot on the debate circuit in time for what we in Nevada know will naturally be the most important debate of them all: when the GOP contenders come to Las Vegas to face off at The Venetian Oct. 18.
To make it to the debate, CNN has required all candidates to post at least a 2 percent showing in at least three national polls. Huntsman is polling at 2 percent in just two surveys.
If what the Times predicts comes to pass, it's going to be an awk-ward week for the former Utah governor: He's already a confirmed speaker at the four-day Western Republican Leadership Conference that follows, as a candidate for the U.S. Presidency.