Here’s Who Will Be in the Next Republican Debate

November 20, 2015, 7:09 PM UTC
GOP Presidential Candidates Debate In Milwaukee
MILWAUKEE, WI - NOVEMBER 10: Republican presidential candidates Jeb Bush (L) and Donald Trump (R) look on as U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) speaks during the Republican Presidential Debate sponsored by Fox Business and the Wall Street Journal at the Milwaukee Theatre on November 10, 2015 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The fourth Republican debate is held in two parts, one main debate for the top eight candidates, and another for four other candidates lower in the current polls. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
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CNN has officially announced how it will decide which Republican presidential candidates will qualify for the network’s next Republican debate, which will take place on Dec. 15.

It will take into account polls conducted between Oct. 29 and Dec. 13. Each candidate must reach an average of at least 3.5% support in national polls, 4% in Iowa, or 4% in New Hampshire. Based on those criteria, nine candidates out of the 14 still in the race currently qualify: Donald Trump, Ben Carson, Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, Jeb Bush, John Kasich, Rand Paul, Carly Fiorina, and Chris Christie.

CNN will host another debate earlier in the evening for those who don’t qualify for the main stage. The criteria for the first debate will be less stringent, requiring candidates to receive just 1% support in four separate national, Iowa, or New Hampshire polls recognized by the network.

The CNN Republican debate will be moderated by Wolf Blitzer with guest questioners Dana Bash, a chief political correspondent for CNN, and Hugh Hewitt, a Salem Radio Network talk show host.

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