Looks like the Republicans’ second tier will get more attention but less time.
The first Republican debate August 6 at 9 p.m. will feature the top 10 plus ties in an average of national polls. The rest of the field, which would currently mean up to six more candidates, can participate in an earlier forum.
That forum was announced for 1 p.m. August 6. Tuesday, debate sponsor Fox News said that forum will begin at 5 p.m. and last an hour, giving it more potential viewers. The forum was originally to be an hour and a half. The changes were first reported by Politico and later confirmed by Fox News.
According to MSNBC’s “First Read,” the polling averages from the last five national polls (WashingtonPost/ABC, Fox, USA Today/Suffolk, Monmouth, CNN) are as follows:
Donald Trump – 16.8 percent
Jeb Bush – 14.8 percent
Scott Walker – 9.8 percent
Marco Rubio – 6.2 percent
Mike Huckabee – 6.2 percent
Rand Paul – 6.2 percent
Ben Carson – 5.8 percent
Ted Cruz – 5.2 percent
Chris Christie – 2.8 percent
Rick Perry – 2.4 percent
According to this analysis, these candidates at the moment qualify to participate in the 5 p.m. forum:
Rick Santorum – 1.8 percent; John Kasich – 1.6 percent; Bobby Jindal – 1.4 percent; Carly Fiorina – 0.8 percent and Lindsey Graham – 0.2 percent. Also running is George Pataki, and Jim Gilmore is expected to join the race next month.