While it is certain which eight candidates will be on the debate stage next Thursday for the first presidential debate featuring the Republicans what is far from clear is who will round out the ones to stand on the stage.
It is quite obvious from all the polling that Donald Trump, Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, Scott Walker, Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, Mike Huckabee and Ben Carson will make the cut.
But then things get cloudy. And here is why.
FAUX News, which is hosting the debate says that they will allow candidates on the stage based on the average of the five most recent national polls. But FAUX News isn’t saying which polls they will use to calculate their average.
While it not clear who rounds out the ten it is not out of bounds to say who will not be there to debate. They are Carly Fiorina, George Pataki and Lindsey Graham, Each have less than 1 percent support. Then there is Rick Santorum and Bobby Jindal who also will sit on the bench.
So that leaves Chris Christie, Rick Perry, and John Kasich. One of them will not make the cut.