Fox Business Network announced the participating candidates for next Tuesday evening’s Republican debate, and it includes several major shake-ups to the previous lineups, the Daily Beast reports.
The primetime debate, airing 9:00 p.m. ET, will feature the eight candidates who scored 2.5% or higher on an average of four recent national polls: Donald Trump (25.3%), Ben Carson (24.5%), Marco Rubio (11.8%), Ted Cruz (10.0%), Jeb Bush (5.5%), Carly Fiorina (3.0%), John Kasich (2.8%) and Rand Paul (2.5%).
This means that Chris Christie and Mike Huckabee — two candidates previously included in the primetime debates — have fallen to the so-called “undercard” event, airing at 7:00 p.m. ET. They will join Bobby Jindal and Rick Santorum as the lone four candidates to meet the criteria of at least a one-percent average in polling.
Gone entirely from the debate stage are Lindsey Graham and George Pataki.
The four polls used in the average were conducted by the following organizations: Fox News, Investor’s Business Daily/TIPP, Quinnipiac University, and The Wall Street Journal/NBC News. Read more.