The first Republican presidential debate is set for Aug. 6 in Cleveland, televised by Fox News.
And only the candidates who rank in the top 10 in national polls will be allowed to participate.
As of now, the eligible candidates would be, in descending order of average poll rating: former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush; Sen. Marco Rubio, Fla.; Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker; retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson; former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee; Sen. Rand Paul, Ky.; Sen. Ted Cruz, Texas; New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie; Donald Trump and former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, according to The Hill.
CNN, which is hosting the second debate, plans a second-tier debate on the same night for which it will provide online-only coverage. Candidates will be able to participate who don’t make the top 10 but average 1 percent or more in three national polls and meet other criteria.