3rd GOP debate is set for Nov. 8 in Miami, with the strictest qualifications yet
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A 4% polling threshold likely means some candidates will not make the stage.

The third Republican presidential debate will be held in Miami on Nov. 8, a day after several states hold off-year elections, and candidates will be facing the most stringent requirements yet to take part.

Participating candidates must secure 4% of the vote in multiple polls and 70,000 unique donors to earn a spot on the stage, the Republican National Committee said Friday. Party officials did not immediately respond to inquiries about who would moderate the debate.

Details of the gathering came as the broad GOP field prepared for a second primary debate without the current front-runner. Former President Donald Trump, who also skipped the first debate last month, met with current and former union workers in Michigan instead of participating in the Sept. 27 debate at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California.

The requirements for the third debate will be more challenging to meet than the second. For the second debate, candidates need at least 3% in two national polls or 3% in one national poll as well as two polls from four of the early-voting states — Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina, according to the RNC. The White House hopefuls must also have at least 50,000 unique donors.

The GOP hasn’t confirmed the qualified participants for Wednesday’s debate, but several campaigns have said they’ve satisfied the marks, including former Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, Sen. Tim Scott, former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, biotech entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy and former Vice President Mike Pence.

North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum and former Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson participated in the first debate, but only Burgum qualified for the second debate.

Candidates are arranged on stage based on their order in polls that meet standards set by the RNC, with higher performing candidates being closer to center stage.

Scott, who was second from the right edge of the stage for the first GOP debate last month, has proposed the RNC change how it orders the candidates for next week’s debate. In a letter to Chair Ronna McDaniel, Scott’s campaign argued that, since Iowa’s caucus is the leadoff to GOP balloting next year, “polling results from Iowa should be the primary consideration for podium placement at the September debate.”

“The debate committee has had a very thoughtful approach to the entire process, and we continue to welcome input from all candidates, partners and stakeholders,” RNC officials said of Scott’s proposal. “We look forward to hosting another fair and transparent debate stage in Simi Valley.”


Republished with permission of The Associated Press.

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  • Earl Pitts "Earl's Running This Show" American

    September 28, 2023 at 7:39 am

    Good mornting America,
    I, Earl Pitts American, fought against the Republican National Committee, The RNC, over their stupid decision to locate the Debate in the third world Florida Bannana Republic carve-out AKA, Miami/Dade.
    My choice, Tampa, the home of our beloved on-line host, F. P., would have been a 100% better choice.
    I, Earl Pitts American, hereby chastize The RNC RINIOs for their failure to take the advice of their political betters (Me and my entire Earl Pitts American Fan Club).

  • Tom

    September 28, 2023 at 9:24 am

    Why are they wasting the time on another debate? Even rhonda said that if he were at home watching last night’s debate, he would have changed the channel. A food fight at the kids table seemed to sum it up nicely.

  • Richard Russell

    September 28, 2023 at 4:27 pm

    Ronna (Mitt Romney Niece) McDaniel is a RINO POC who belongs on the outside with her Uncle. She is a loser and will not help Trump win in 2025. Get rid of her.

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