New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee will be missing from the stage in Milwaukee for Tuesday's Republican presidential debate. For the first time this election season, those GOP candidates failed to make the cut for the prime-time debate.
Fox Business Network and the Wall Street Journal will host the fourth GOP debate. The news outlets announced the lineup Thursday, which -- with the exception of Christie and Huckabee -- will not look much different from the last GOP debate held Oct. 28 in Boulder, Colorado.
The candidates to appear in the primetime debate Tuesday will be former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, businessman Donald Trump, retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky and Ohio Gov. John Kasich.
— Lou Dobbs (@loudobbsnews) November 6, 2015
Candidates were required to have support from at least 2.5 percent of poll respondents in the four most recent national polls by Nov. 4 to qualify for Tuesday's debate. The four most recent major polls conducted before the Nov. 4 cutoff were from Fox News, Quinnipiac, NBC/Wall Street Journal, and CBS/New York Times.
Christie just missed the cut, polling at 2.25 percent, which made him eligible for the "undercard" or "happy hour" debate. Huckabee also was invited to the earlier forum.
"It doesn’t matter the stage, give me a podium and I’ll be there to talk about real issues," Christie tweeted after the lineup announcement.
— Chris Christie (@ChrisChristie) November 6, 2015
Christie has received a positive response this week for candidly talking about drug addiction, but that has not yet translated to poll numbers.
Two other lower-polling candidates will join Christie and Huckabee at the undercard debate, which is scheduled to run at 7 p.m. EST, prior to the prime-time debate . The other candidates selected for the earlier forum are former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal.
Former New York Gov. George Pataki and U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina were not invited to participate in the earlier forum due to their low poll numbers.
The top-tier GOP debate is scheduled to air on Fox Business Network at 9 p.m. EST, and will take place at the Milwaukee Theater in Milwaukee.
Gerard Baker, Neil Cavuto and Maria Bartiromo were all tapped to moderate.