The First Republican Debate of 2016: Who’s In and Who’s Out

On Monday, Real Clear Politics updated their average of polling for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination. This could likely be the last round of polls submitted before the first debate between the top ten candidates in the Republican field scheduled for this Thursday on Fox News.

While candidates who do not make the cut for the 9 p.m. debate will have a chance to participate in a one-hour long forum at 5 p.m. the same day on Fox News, there is no denying that missing out on one of the coveted spots in the prime-time debate could greatly shorten the length of the campaign for those who don’t make it.

This is the first time that the majority of the Republican field will be on the same stage at the same time while vying for the audiences support and attempting to make themselves stand out in a largely over-crowded field.

RCP

At the moment, here’s who will be on the stage at 9 p.m.:

  1. Donald Trump 22.2%
  2. Scott Walker 12.7%
  3. Jeb Bush 12.2%
  4. Ted Cruz 6.3%
  5. Mike Huckabee 6.3%
  6. Ben Carson 6.0%
  7. Marco Rubio 5.5%
  8. Rand Paul 5.2%
  9. John Kasich 3.7%
  10. Chris Christie 3.2%

Likewise, here’s who will be on the forum at 5 p.m.:

  1. Rick Perry 2.7%
  2. Bobby Jindal 1.7%
  3. Rick Santorum 1.3%
  4. Carly Fiorina 0.8%
  5. Lindsey Graham 0.7%
  6. Jim Gilmore 0%
  7. George Pataki 0%
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