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CNN Announces GOP Debate Criteria, Using Iowa, New Hampshire Polls

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By    |   Friday, 20 Nov 2015 01:19 PM

When determining the lineup for CNN's Dec. 15 prime-time Republican debate in Las Vegas, the network announced Friday that it will take into account polls from Iowa and New Hampshire, USA Today reports.

To make it on the main stage, CNN reports that the candidates must meet the following qualifications:
  • Have an average of at least 3.5 percent nationally;
  • Have at least 4 percent in Iowa;
  • Have at least 4 percent in New Hampshire;
The nine candidates currently meeting CNN's qualifications to take the main stage at The Venetian in Las Vegas are: Donald Trump, Ben Carson, Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, Jeb Bush, John Kasich, Rand Paul, Carly Fiorina and Chris Christie.

"Paul is on the bubble for the debate. He clears the national hurdle of 3.5 percent, but doesn't average 4 percent in either of the first two states to vote in the 2016 nominating process," CNN reports.

USA Today notes that there will also be a preliminary debate, otherwise referred to as the "happy hour debate."

According to CNN, "Candidates must reach at least 1 percent in four separate national, Iowa or New Hampshire polls that are recognized by CNN," in order to qualify for the early debate.

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When determining the lineup for CNN's Dec. 15 prime-time Republican debate in Las Vegas, the network announced Friday that it will take into account polls from Iowa and New Hampshire, USA Today reports.
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