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Seven Republican Presidential Candidates Qualify for RNC’s First Debate

Seven Republican presidential candidates have successfully met the polling requirements set by the Republican National Committee (RNC) for the first Republican presidential debate in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, scheduled for next month. To participate in this debate, the RNC mandates that candidates must poll at one percent or higher in three national polls or one percent or higher in a pair of early state polls recognized by the RNC, conducted after July 1.

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Ramaswamy’s Success and Fair Criteria

Vivek Ramaswamy, an entrepreneur, and Republican presidential candidate, announced his qualification in a press release, stating that he easily surpassed the requirements with the Harvard/Harris poll, where he obtained eight percent support, securing third place.

Ramaswamy emphasized that the RNC’s debate stage criteria are stringent yet fair, and he believes that politically experienced candidates should be able to meet the criteria as well.

Strong Performances in Surveys

Ramaswamy has performed well in various surveys, including two Morning Consult surveys this month, where he secured eight percent and came in third place, and a Kaplan Strategies survey last week, where he achieved second place. He is just two points behind Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) in the Harvard poll.

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Qualified Candidates

Joining Ramaswamy in meeting the threshold are leading candidate former President Donald J. Trump, Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL), former Vice President Mike Pence, former Gov. Nikki Haley (R-SC), Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC), and former Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ), as reported by CNN on Monday.

Candidate Pledge and Intent to Sign

All of the candidates, except for Pence, have also fulfilled the RNC’s small donor requirements, meaning they will take the debate stage upon signing the candidate pledge not to participate in any debate not sanctioned by the RNC and to support the eventual party nominee. Ramaswamy intends to sign this agreement.

Pence’s Progress and Determination

During a recent appearance on CNN’s State of the Union, Pence assured host Dana Bash that his team is making significant progress toward meeting the debate requirements, promising that he will qualify for the stage.

Gov. Burgum’s Situation

Gov. Doug Burgum (R-ND) faces a different situation, having successfully reached 40,000 unique small donors after providing 20 gift cards in exchange for contributions. However, he has not yet satisfied the polling mandates and has until 48 hours before the debate begins to meet the requirements.

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