While that is definitely more than a little embarrassing, it’s a better fate than George Pataki and Lindsey Graham, who’ve been banished even from the consolation round.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee will not be present on the main stage during Tuesday night’s Fox Business/Wall Street Journal debate. The event will feature eight candidates, the fewest Republican contenders to appear on one debate platform so far.
Neither Christe nor Huckabee cleared the threshold of having scored at least 2.5 percent in an average of the four most recent national polls conducted through Nov. 4.
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On the main stage will be businessman Donald Trump, neurosurgeon Ben Carson, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, former Florida governor Jeb Bush, businesswoman Carly Fiorina, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul.
On the undercard stage will be Christie, Huckabee, former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum, and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal.
Sen. Lindsey Graham and former New York governor George Pataki failed to qualify for either event.
Whoops. I actually thought Christie was beginning to demonstrate some positive buzz and momentum recently.