CNN has announced which 2024 Republican candidates have qualified for the next GOP primary debate – and it's bad news for some of the presidential candidates.
Former President Donald Trump, Florida Gov. Ron DeSandis and former United Nations ambassador and South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley were the only three candidates to make the cut.
Businessman Vivek Ramaswamy and former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie failed to make the cut to appear on the debate stage this time around, marking the first time they won't be taking part.
Asa Hutchinson – who did not qualify for the final debate but has so far refused to drop out of the race – also failed to qualify.
Both Mr. DeSantis and Ms. Haley have already confirmed plans to participate in Iowa's Jan. 10 debate, paving the way for the two candidates to go head-to-head as they race to take on clear GOP front-runner Mr. Trump .
Meanwhile, the former president has refused to take part in any of the initial debates so far, hosting rival rallies and interviews.
And this time will be no different.
On the evening of Jan. 10, Mr. Trump will participate in a town hall on Fox News – also in the Hawkeye State.
To qualify for the Jan. 10 Iowa debate, hosted by CNN, candidates had to receive at least 10 percent of the vote in three separate national polls and/or Iowa polls of Republican primary voters or turnouts.
At least one of the three polls must be a network-endorsed poll of potential Iowa Republican congressmen.
Candidates had until noon on Tuesday to qualify.
As the window of time closed – and his hopes of reaching the limit dimmed – Mr Ramaswamy quickly announced he was withdrawing from the debate.
“Forget @CNN's fake ‘debate' in Iowa on January 10th, which will be the most boring in modern history,” he posted on X.
Instead, he said he'll be doing a “live audience show that night in Des Moines with @Timcast.”
While he put it as his own choice, just a few hours later it was announced that he hadn't made it to the threshold anyway.
The debate comes just five days before the Iowa caucuses, offering one last chance for candidates to impress voters before the GOP primary race really begins.
The debate will take place at 9 p.m. ET on Jan. 10 at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. CNN anchors Jake Tapper and Dana Bash will moderate.