Those hoping to participate in the Republican National Committee (RNC) debate in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, are scrambling to satisfy the RNC’s eligibility requirements.
On Monday, Chris Christie’s team revealed that he had raised enough money to participate in the fourth Republican presidential debate, which will take place later this month.
The Republican National Committee raised the minimum number of contributors a contender needed to make it onto the debate stage in Miami last week from 70,000 to 80,000.
The biggest fundraising week of the Christie campaign has just concluded, bringing in thousands of new contributions in only five days following the former New Jersey governor’s outstanding performance at the third debate last week. A spokeswoman claims that the campaign has more than 80,000 contributors and meets all the criteria for the next debate.
The RNC now requires candidates to receive at least 6% of the vote in two national surveys, or 6% in one national poll and 6% in an early-state poll from two different states. These states include Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada, and South Carolina. The polls must also fulfill specific standards, such as the number of people surveyed and the poll conductor.
On Monday, the Christie campaign said they had also satisfied the RNC’s polling standards. However, the RNC has not confirmed whether or not the surveys in question match the threshold.
Two of the eight contestants in the first debate were ejected, and two later withdrew from the race. The campaign promised that by the end of the year, we would be down to just four. Christie has previously outlasted a former Vice President, a current US Senator, a self-funding governor, and another former governor on that platform.
Christie made a splash at the debate when he called out Warren Buffet and said he doesn’t know if he collects social security, but rich people shouldn’t be given the benefit.