DemDaily: The Dwindling GOP Field

December 5, 2023

Just four candidates have qualified for Wednesday's fourth GOP presidential primary debate -- further winnowing the field as we count down to the Iowa caucuses -- just six weeks away.

To qualify for the fourth Republican presidential primary debate December 6, candidates must poll at least 6% in two national polls or 6% in one national poll and two early state poll; have a minimum of 80,000 unique donors, with 200 unique donors in at least 20 states or territories; and sign a pledge committing to support the eventual nominee.

The Field: Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, tech entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy and former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie will face off at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa at 8:00pm ET.

Former President Donald Trump, who is leading the field and did not participate in the first three debates, will not be attending. Trump, who has refused to sign the RNC pledge of support for the eventual Republican nominee, will instead be attending a fundraiser in Florida for super PAC MAGA Inc.

That leaves former Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson, who only qualified for the first debate but remains in the race.

Out: North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum suspended his campaign Monday, bringing the dwindling GOP field down to six contenders.

In his announcement Burgum, who did not qualify for the third or fourth debate, bashed the party rules, saying "The RNC’s clubhouse debate requirements are nationalizing the primary process and taking the power of democracy away from the engaged, thoughtful citizens of Iowa and New Hampshire...the primary system is unhealthy for the future of the party, especially for a party that proclaims to value leadership from outside of Washington."

South Carolina Senator Tim Scott withdrew November 13, following former Vice President Mike Pence's exit from the race for the White House October 28.

The debate, which is sanctioned by the Republican National Committee (RNC), will be hosted by NewsNation and three conservative media outlets: The Washington Free Beacon, “The Megyn Kelly Show” on Sirius XM and the streaming platform Rumble.

The moderators will be former Fox News commentator and radio talk-show host Megyn Kelly, Free Beacon Editor-in-Chief Eliana Johnson, and NewsNation anchor Elizabeth Vargas.

DemList will keep you informed.

Related
DemDaily: New Hampshire First? 11/17/23
DemDaily:The Race for Second Place. The Third GOP Debate 11/10/23
DemDaily: And Then There Were Eight 10/31/23
DemDaily: The Debate Download 9/29/23
DemDaily: Setting the State. The Second Republican Debate 9/26/23
DemDaily: Disqualified to Run? 9/12/23
DemDaily: Debate Download 8/25/23
DemDaily: Making the Debate Stage 8/22/23
DemDaily: 2nd Quarter Fundraising Positions Presidentials 7/17/23
DemDaily: The Endorsement Game 7/6/23

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