New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has been relegated to the undercard debate stage for the fourth Republican debate on Tuesday night in Wisconsin, but it isn't just national polls that aren’t looking kindly at the GOP presidential hopeful. His very own constituents back home on the East Coast don’t want him to keep up his campaign, and even in the race he’s only their fourth place pick, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll released Tuesday morning.
Among all voters in Christie’s home state, most say that he should drop his executive run. Among just Republicans, he trails front-runner and real estate mogul Donald Trump by 23 points. Trump takes in 31 percent of the vote, followed by former neurosurgeon Ben Carson, who takes 16 percent and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, who receives 15 percent of the vote. Christie comes in last with 8 percent of the vote.
Republicans as a whole in the Garden State are a bit kinder than the population as a whole when it comes to Christie sustaining his presidential bid. Among GOP voters, 53 percent say he should stick in the race. Still, 40 percent would prefer he drop his efforts.
BREAKING: Low poll numbers relegate Christie, Huckabee to undercard at next GOP presidential debate.
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Christie has seen weak polling since he jumped in the race earlier this year. He has been in all the main Republican debates, but was dropped to the second-tier debate for the fourth debate after his weak performance. Christie currently ranks in 10th percentile among national voters, according to an average of polls by Real Clear Politics. That puts him within one point of the four candidates immediately above him. They include former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, Ohio Gov. John Kasich and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul. Christie received 2.2 percent of the vote and none of the others above him received more than 3 percent.
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) November 9, 2015
Still, being relegated to the undercard debate may not be all that bad of a deal for Christie. He performed well during the three previous debates – and, indeed, he is well known for his ability to perform on a debate stage – but the format tended to overshadow many of the candidates regardless of performance. Now, with a much smaller group around him, Christie will have a chance to stand out in the field.
The fourth Republican undercard debate, hosted by Fox Business, will take place at 7 p.m. EST Tuesday. The prime time event will be held at 9 p.m. EST.