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Rasmussen Reports Names the Debate Line-Up – Last Week

Wednesday, August 05, 2015

Fox News announced late yesterday the lineup for the first Republican presidential debate. Rasmussen Reports announced the same lineup last Thursday morning.

At that time, we reported our findings from a national telephone survey of Likely Republican Voters as follows: “Fox News which is conducting the first debate next Thursday, August 6, is limiting the A-stage to the 10 candidates with the best poll numbers, so by our count that’s Trump, Walker, Bush, Cruz, Huckabee, Rubio, Carson, Kasich, Paul and one of the four two-percenters.”

The four candidates tied in our survey with two-percent support each were New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, former Texas Governor Rick Perry, former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum and Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal. Fox chose Christie to round out the list of 10 chosen to participate in the A-level debate.

Rasmussen Reports Managing Editor Fran Coombs or spokesman Leon Sculti are available for media comment on these poll results. Call 732-776-9777x205 or send e-mail to leon.sculti@rasmussenreports.com to schedule now.

Ohio Governor John Kasich was seen as the potential wild card. The last major entrant into the race, it wasn’t clear if he had enough name recognition to make it into the top 10, but our surveying showed Kasich with five percent (5%) support, just ahead of Kentucky Senator Rand Paul.

The rest of the candidates will appear together in a debate earlier in the day.

Fox News made its decision by mashing together the results of the five most recent surveys of the Republican race. Ours was taken before those surveys, but as you can see, we had it right nearly a week ago.

Here’s how all the presidential hopefuls stack up so far.

Find out at 10:30 a.m. Eastern today how voters feel about candidate debates in general.

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