Fox Debate Main Stage: Three Insurgent and Three Establishment Candidates

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GOP frontrunner Donald Trump, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), Dr. Ben Carson, Gov. Chris Christie and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush are most likely the six GOP presidential candidates that will appear on the main debate stage at the Fox Business GOP primary debate in South Carolina this Thursday, according to Politico.

After the recent NBC News Wall Street Journal/Marist poll, Politico calculated the candidates not likely to make the debate stage this time around are: Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), Ohio Gov. John Kasich, Carly Florina, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum.

Fox Business hasn’t yet made its official announcement about which candidates have or have not made the main stage. In order to make the primetime debate stage, candidates had to place in the top six nationally out of an average of five recent polls or in the top five in Iowa and New Hampshire.

The NBC News Wall Street Journal/Marist poll had Trump remaining far ahead of the GOP field in New Hampshire with 30 percent, while Cruz took the lead in Iowa by four points with 28 percent.




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