Which Republican Presidential Nominee Hopefuls Will Make The Cut?
With only a couple of weeks left until the first of the debate for the Republican presidential primaries, many are left wondering who the ten, of the many declared candidates, will make the cut.
The first debate, hosted by Fox News, will be held on August 6 in Cleveland. Only the top 10 candidates will be invited to participate. To make that cut the candidates must rank highest in national polls, which will leave many of them sitting the debates out and at a major disadvantage.
According the a Real Clear Politics poll, Donald Trump continues to rank the highest. He is followed by Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, Senator Marco Rubio (Florida), Dr. Ben Carson and Senators Ted Cruz (Texas) and Dr. Rand Paul (Kentucky).
This leaves New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, former Texas Governor Rick Perry, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, former HP CEO Carly Fiorina, and former Senator Rick Santorum (Pennsylvania) competing for the remaining spots.
Rounding out the field of more well-known candidates, who probably won’t get a chance at a spot in this first debate, are former Governor of Arkansas Mike Huckabee, Governor of Ohio John Kasich, former Governor of New York George Pataki, and Senator Lindsey Graham (South Carolina).
But, did you know, there are actually some much lesser known names running for the spot? They won’t get the media coverage or traction of the more famous names, but they are:
- Skip Andrews, a business owner
- George Bailey, a pastor
- Michael Bickelmeyer, who has over 40 years in the private sector
- Kerry Bowers, a former military man
- Dale Christensen, an entrepreneur and business professor
- Brooks Cullison, an Attorney and Certified Public Accountant
- John Dummett, Jr., who claims to be a Constitutional Republican who has become disenfranchised with both the Republican and Democratic parties
- Mark Everson, a businessman and former IRS Commissioner
- Jack Fellure, an engineer who has been running for President every four years since 1988
- Jim Hayden, a business owner
- Chris Hill, an airline captain and former combat pilot
- Michael Kinlaw
- K. Ross Newland, pastor and veteran
- Michael Petyo, businessman and veteran
- Brian Russell, entrepreneur
- Shawna Sterling
So, who would you like to see in the Republican primary first debate? Feel free to comment below.