The Republican Presidential Primary debate will be held this week. Let’s look at the GOP hopefuls who have fulfilled the RNC requirements to make up in the debate.
Here are the details.
Third Presidential Debate: Which 5 Candidates to Make It?
The third Republican Presidential debate is scheduled in Florida this week.
NBC News will host the faceoff at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in Miami-Dade County at 8 p.m. ET on Wednesday, November 8, 2023.
As per the information provided by the Republican National Committee (RNC) announced on Monday, the five Republican candidates who have qualified for the third GOP debate include Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley, Senator from South Carolina Tim Scott, biotech entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy and former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.
According to the RNC’s eligibility criteria to qualify for the third GOP debate, each presidential candidate had to poll at 4% or above in two national polls or at 4% in one national poll and 4% in two state polls in the important early-voting states of Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina.
Each poll used for the qualification must have surveyed at least 800 likely Republican voters and been approved by the RNC. The candidates also needed at least 70,000 unique donors, 200 from each of the 20 states or territories.
Additionally, they must sign an RNC pledge to support the Republican nominee. Candidates had Monday evening as the deadline to qualify by these requirements for the debate.
Although qualified, similar to the other two previous GOP debates, former President Donald Trump, the front-runner in the Republican primary, will not attend the third GOP debate, citing his lead in the 2024 Presidential race.
Instead, the former President has reportedly decided to hold his event in Hialeah, Florida, on the debate day. Trump has said he plans to skip the third debate because the former President does not want to promote the other candidates lagging behind him in polls by sharing the debate floor with them.
Trump has also denied signing the pledge to support the final Republican nominee.
One Republican candidate, former Vice President Mike Pence, appeared at the first two GOP Presidential debates but dropped out of the primary race last week, on October 28, anticipating his failure to qualify for the third debate.
The third GOP presidential primary debate is crucial for the Republican presidential candidates as it offers them a platform to share their opinions and the political strategy they would employ for the United States if they become president in 2024.
The debate allows the GOP candidates to target their rivals for their vague policies openly.
The third GOP debate will be the last opportunity for the candidates to appeal to voters for their victory before the early-voting states begin casting in January.
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