Fox News Announces Lineup for Thursday’s GOP Debate

By Mark Joyella 

Fox News has released the lineup for Thursday night’s Republican presidential debate, and Rand Paul–who vowed he’d be part of the prime time debate–has indeed qualified.

Based on national, Iowa and New Hampshire polls released before 5 p.m. ET Tuesday, the candidates on the main stage at 9 p.m. ET will be Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Ben Carson, Jeb Bush, Chris Christie, John Kasich, and Paul.

The 7 p.m. ET undercard debate will feature four candidates who received a minimum of 1% support in at least one recent national poll. Those candidates are Carly Fiorina, Mike Huckabee, Rick Santorum, and–making a return to the debate stage after failing to qualify–Jim Gilmore.


The Fox News Decision Desk identified the polls used to determine candidate qualification as those from ABC News/Washington Post, CNN/ORC, FOX News, Monmouth University, and NBC News/Wall Street Journal.

Polling in Iowa was based on research done by American Research Group, Quinnipiac University, FOX News, CNN/ORC, and Loras College; while New Hampshire data came from American Research Group, Franklin Pierce/Boston Herald, FOX News, CNN/WMUR, and Monmouth University.

The only remaining question about Thursday’s debate is the question of whether frontrunner Donald Trump will show up or not.