The Politico Playbook reports that the final cut for the first GOP debate, on Fox News, has been announced. According to Politico, both New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and Ohio Governor John Kasich are in, each squeaking by barely making it in the top 10 of candidate polling with three-percent each. They trail the current GOP frontrunner, as determined by polling, Donald Trump significantly, but will join him on the main stage.
Below are the ten candidates who will likely make the cut to participate in the Fox News debate, as well as their Fox News polling numbers.
- Donald Trump – 26%
- Jeb Bush – 15%
- Scott Walker – 9%
- Mike Huckabee – 6%
- Dr. Ben Carson – 7%
- Ted Cruz – 6%
- Marco Rubio – 5%
- Rand Paul – 5%
- Chris Christie – 3%
- John Kasich – 3%
Failing to break into the top 10 and therefore not participating in the main stage debate are Rick Perry, Rick Santorum, Bobby Jindal, Carly Fiorina, and Lindsey Graham.
There is speculation that Rick Santorum, who won the Iowa caucus in 2012, will drop out of the presidential race completely due to loss of staff and funding issues. Many high profile members of Santorum’s staff have left the campaign, which was struggling to raise money, to start a super PAC. The presidential hopeful lost Terry Allen, who served as his campaign manager Terry Allen, Jon Jones, his Iowa state coordinator Jon Jones, and his digital strategist Steve Hilliard.
In addition, a prominent Iowa activist, Karen Fesler, who played a key role in Santorum’s success in Iowa in 2012 has abandoned his candidacy and instead serves as co-chair in Iowa for the Rick Perry campaign.
Will Santorum drop out of the race before Thursday’s debate? Will there be others who failed to make the cut who end their presidential campaigns?