Five candidates have met the criteria to take the stage at the third Republican presidential debate in Miami, the Republican National Committee (RNC) announced on Monday.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, former U.N. ambassador Nikki Haley, Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.), biotech entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy and former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie have all qualified for the third debate.
The Miami debate is being hosted by NBC News, and the RNC is also partnering with Salem Radio Network, the Republican Jewish Coalition, and Rumble. It’s taking place at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County.
The RNC required candidates to poll at 4 percent in two national polls, or 4 percent in one national poll and 4 percent in two polls from two early states. The RNC also upped the donor threshold requirement to at least 70,000 unique donors, including 200 donors in 20 or more states each.
“We are looking forward to our third debate in Miami, a welcome opportunity for our candidates to showcase our winning conservative agenda to the American people,” RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel said in a statement.
“We are especially honored to be the first political party to partner with a Jewish organization for a debate in our partnership with the Republican Jewish Coalition, and our candidates will reaffirm the Republican Party’s unwavering support of Israel and the Jewish community on the stage Wednesday night,” she added.
The third debate has slightly narrowed the field as former Vice President Pence and North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum had both qualified for the second GOP debate but will not be at the third debate. Pence dropped out of the race in late October while Burgum is still running.
Former President Trump is skipping the third debate and instead holding a rally in Hialeah, Fla. as a way to counter-program the event, which is expected to include Arkansas Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who endorsed Trump on Monday.
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