Seven Republican presidential candidates have reportedly met the requirements to participate in the party's first debate next month.
The requirements include certain polling numbers and donor numbers ahead of the first scheduled debate in Wisconsin.
If President Trump decides not to step up to the plate and attend this debate, regardless of all his baggage,it will prove to be a grave mistake. Nothing worse than no shows. Report: Seven Candidates Satisfy RNC’s Polling Requirements for First Debate https://t.co/9nfEbm6GcY
— Lady Tigress (@LadyConstance8) July 24, 2023
"Entrepreneur and Republican presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy announced Saturday in a press release that he had easily surpassed the requirements with Friday’s Harvard/Harris poll, which shows him in third place with eight percent of support," Breitbart News reported.
"Along with the 37-year-old entrepreneur, leading candidate former President Donald J. Trump, Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL), former Vice President Mike Pence, former Gov. Nikki Haley (R-SC), Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC), and former Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ) have reached the threshold," it added.
Candidates must meet fundraising criteria and sign a pledge to support the eventual Republican nominee in order to qualify for the debate. Pence is the only candidate who has met the polling threshold but says he has not reached the fundraising threshold. https://t.co/zltWjcCUQI
— Yahoo News (@YahooNews) July 24, 2023
"The new Fox Business polls from Iowa and South Carolina show Trump with a commanding lead over the rest of the field in both states. In the Hawkeye State, 46% of likely GOP caucusgoers backed the former president, compared with 16% for DeSantis and 11% for Scott," CNN reported.
"In South Carolina, 48% of likely GOP primary voters picked Trump in the Fox Business poll, compared with 14% for Haley, 13% for DeSantis and 10% for Scott," it added.
Haley and Scott, both from South Carolina, polled higher in their home state's poll.
Trump has not yet agreed to join the first debate. It is also uncertain whether he will sign a pledge to support the nominee if it is not him.
The controversy surrounding Trump is in addition to several legal battles facing the former president that could have an impact on his campaign in the months ahead despite his current lead.
The first GOP debate is nearly set, with America soon to see the party's leaders share their vision for the nation's future.