CNN Sets Polling Requirements to Make Main Stage at Next GOP Debate

20 Nov 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

CNN Announces Criteria For Dec. 15 Republican Debate.

CNN is broadening its criteria for next month’s Republican presidential debate, including polling from Iowa and New Hampshire to determine which candidates make the main stage. While every previous debate has only used national polling, candidates who average at least 4 percent in either Iowa or New Hampshire polls will make the stage in Las Vegas, according to the standards CNN released Friday. According to CNN, nine candidates would currently make the cut: Donald Trump, Ben Carson, Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, Jeb Bush, John Kasich, Rand Paul, Carly Fiorina and Chris Christie. Chris Christie of New Jersey, who have been relegated to the so-called undercard debates and those who have been left out entirely, like Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina.

It’s the first time this cycle a debate criteria has incorporated early state polling, something several lower-tiered candidates have been demanding for weeks. The network said only polling from the following sources would be considered: ABC News, Bloomberg News, CBS News, CNN, Fox News, Gallup, Marist University, McClatchy News Service, Monmouth News Service, NBC News, The New York Times, Pew Research Center, Quinnipiac University, Time, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Des Moines Register, the University of New Hampshire, WBUR and WMUR. CNN, which is hosting the debate alongside Facebook and Salem Media, also announced that anchor Wolf Blitzer would be the moderator at the Las Vegas debate, joined by correspondent Dana Bash and conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt.

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