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CNN sets criteria for next GOP debate; so far, Huck at kids' table

Posted By on Fri, Nov 20, 2015 at 10:54 AM

click to enlarge WHAT'S WRONG WITH THIS PICTURE: The photo from a past debate, if re-created Dec. 15, won't include the guy standing second from left unless his polling improves.
  • WHAT'S WRONG WITH THIS PICTURE: The photo from a past debate, if re-created Dec. 15, won't include the guy standing second from left unless his polling improves.

CNN has announced criteria
for qualifying for the main event in the next Republican presidential debate on Dec. 15.

Candidates need to need to meet at least one of CNN's three criteria in polls taken between October 29 and December 13 to make the debate: be polling at an average 3.5 percent nationally, at least 4 percent in Iowa, or at least 4 percent in New Hampshire.

Based on results so far, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee would again be relegated to the preliminary.

Based on the criteria, CNN said real estate mogul Donald Trump, retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), Ex-Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie would currently qualify for the 9 p.m. event.

Lots of time left to move up. Hard to imagine Huckabee's rhetoric can get more heated without him spontaneously combusting. In Real Clear Politics' running average of national polls, Huckabee is at 3.0 percent nationally and at 2.8 percent in Iowa, which he won eight years ago. He's at 1.0 in New Hampshire.

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