As the GOP begins to whittle down their options for presidential candidates, new debate criteria will likely force Kentucky Senator Rand Paul and Ohio Governor John Kasich off the stage. Former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina will also likely not be featured on the main stage at the next debate; leaving those three, Mike Huckabee, and Rick Santorum in the undercard debate.
The criteria which Fox Business has announced for their January 14th debate states that for a candidate to qualify they must be polling in the top 6 nationally or in the top 5 in either Iowa or New Hampshire. The most recent polling data will be used to calculate who makes the cut.
Politico estimates that Donald Trump, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and N.J. Gov. Chris Christie, will be featured in the main event. Of course, there is still time for a last minute rally from Paul, Firorina, and Kasich.
The debate will take place just days after the president’s final State of the Union speech in North Charleston, South Carolina.