Newark, NJ – Christie, Huckabee Relegated To Undercard At Next GOP Debate

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    In this photo taken Oct. 28, 2015, Republican presidential candidates, from left, John Kasich, Mike Huckabee, Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, Donald Trump, Ben Carson, Carly Fiorina, Ted Cruz, Chris Christie, and Rand Paul take the stage during the CNBC Republican presidential debate at the University of Colorado, in Boulder, Colo. Christie could be relegated off the main stage at next week's GOP presidential debate and Bobby Jindal and George Pataki risk being shut out altogether, as the trio become potential victims of their poor showings in preference polling and how those polls are being used. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Newark, NJ – Chris Christie and Mike Huckabee have been relegated out of prime-time and onto the undercard at next week’s GOP presidential debate.

    And former New York Gov. George Pataki and South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham won’t appear at all.

    That’s the decision announced Thursday night by Fox Business, which is hosting next Tuesday’s debates.

    Eight candidates will appear in the prime-time debate. That’s the fewest of the campaign to date.

    The selections were made by the financial news network based on national preference polls.

    Candidates had to average at least 2.5 percent or higher in the four most recent major polls conducted through Wednesday to be featured in the prime-time debate.

    The threshold for the undercard was 1 percent.

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