Politico was able to obtain the criteria for the next debate from Fox News, and they’re giving details out:
The next Republican debate criteria will possibly shrink the debate stage to just six candidates, potentially pushing John Kasich and Rand Paul off the main debate stage, POLITICO has learned.
According to debate criteria that will be announced Tuesday, host Fox Business Network will consider both early-state and national poll results in deciding which candidates make the primetime forum. That main debate will feature candidates who place in the top six nationally, based on an average of the five most recent national polls recognized by Fox News, or place within the top five based on an average of the five most recent Iowa or New Hampshire state polls recognized by the network.
The polls being considered must be released prior to Monday, Jan. 11 at 6p.m. ET. and be conducted by major nationally and state recognized organizations that use standard methodological techniques, such as live interviewers and random digit-dial sampling techniques using both landlines and cell phones.
So sorry, Kasich and Rand Paul fans, yes both of you. It looks like they might be pushed off the main stage…