HGov Current Events: GOP Debate

GOP+Debate+2015Fox News aired two debates on Thursday: a prime-time event starring 10 candidates and an earlier debate featuring seven second-tier candidates, based on an average of recent polls. The 10 highest polling candidates squared off just before 6 p.m. PT, a few hours after the rest of the crowded GOP field met on stage. While front-runners hoped to solidify their status in the race, those with weaker polling numbers saw the debate as an opportunity to gain some recognition with the electorate.

Donald Trump, Jeb Bush, Mike Huckabee, Dr. Ben Carson, Gov. Scott Walker (R-Wisconsin), Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Florida.), Sen. Rand Paul (R-Kentucky.), Gov. Chris Christie (R-New Jersey), and Gov. John Kasich (R-Ohio) all qualified for the Fox News 6 p.m. PT stage. Fox explained that the roster was determined based on an average of the five most recent national polls. The five polls included in the average that determined the line-up were conducted by Bloomberg, CBS News, Fox News, Monmouth University and Quinnipiac University.

The seven Republican candidates who did not make the list: Rick Santorum, Carly Fiorina, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina), Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-Louisiana.), George Pataki, Jim Gilmore, and Rick Perry will be invited to a separate debate at 2 p.m. PT., four hours before the main debate starts.

The next GOP debates are set for Sept. 16 on CNN and Oct. 28 on CNBC.

The Democratic Party announced Thursday it will hold six debates with its presidential candidates, starting with an Oct. 13 session in Nevada. The current field of candidates for the Democratic nomination includes former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, former Maryland governor Martin O’Malley, former Virginia senator Jim Webb and former Rhode Island governor Lincoln Chafee. Vice President Biden is also reportedly considering a bid.

1) Edmodo: GOP Presidential Candidate Poll



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