The debate is split into two parts – a 5pm under-card and the prime-time main event.
The prime-time debate has always been limited to the top 10 candidates in Fox News polling. The change applies only to the 5pm early debate.
Previously, Fox had stipulated that only candidates that garnered at least 1% of the vote would be allowed on the “also-ran” stage. Now, all of the candidates that fail to make it to the full event will have a spot in the under-card cage fight.
It’s hard to know where things will land next week, but the latest Real Clear Politics poll has the top 10 candidates as:
- Donald Trump
- Jeb Bush
- Scott Walker
- Marco Rubio
- Mike Huckabee
- Ben Carson
- Ted Cruz
- Rand Paul
- Chris Christie
- John Kasich
Anything can happen in the next week, but for now, voters can ponder the thought of Donald Trump and Chris Christie going head-to-head.