Christie, Huckabee Bumped From Main GOP Debate

The next debate is Tuesday
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 5, 2015 7:54 PM CST
Christie, Huckabee Bumped From Main GOP Debate
Republican presidential candidates take the stage Oct. 28, 2015, in Boulder, Colo.   (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

There's another GOP debate on Tuesday, and the stage will feature fewer candidates—though not because anyone has dropped out. Host Fox Business on Thursday announced the lineup, and Chris Christie and Mike Huckabee have been relegated to the early debate. The criteria the decision was based on: a minimum polling average of 2.5% in four recent polls. The Hill reports the two finished at 2.25%, with Rand Paul barely making it in at the 2.5% cutoff.

Seven will be joining Paul in Milwaukee, per NBC News: Donald Trump, Ben Carson, Marco Rubio, Carly Fiorina, Ted Cruz, Jeb Bush, and John Kasich. The early debate will also feature Bobby Jindal and Rick Santorum; Lindsey Graham and George Pataki didn't make the cut, having failed to grab at least 1% in any of the four polls. (More GOP debate stories.)

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