(NEWSER) – The Democratic Party's official third wheel—Martin O'Malley—may not qualify for the next Democratic presidential debate on Jan. 17, the New York Times reports.

And CNN says he's "dangerously close" to watching the debate on NBC with the rest of us. Which is ironic, as O'Malley has been the candidate most persistent in his demands for more debates, the Times reports.

“To qualify, candidates must reach an average of 5% either nationally or in Iowa, New Hampshire, or South Carolina in the five most recent polls recognized by NBC News," the Times quotes NBC's rules. O'Malley is right at 5% in Iowa, but in the three most recent polls he's only averaging 4.3%, CNN reports. He's well below the cutoff everywhere else.

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