Chris Christie Meets Donor Requirement for Fourth GOP Debate, But Poll Numbers Still in Question

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  • Source: Wayne Dupree
  • 11/14/2023
Presidential candidate Chris Christie has announced that he has fulfilled the donor requirement threshold necessary to qualify for the fourth GOP debate. However, there is ongoing discussion and uncertainty regarding whether he has obtained the required six percent poll showing to meet the eligibility criteria.

The Christie campaign made an announcement on Monday afternoon, stating in a memo and on X that the former New Jersey governor has accumulated "well over 80,000 donors" following a successful campaign month. 

Mr. Christie's progress towards qualifying for the fourth debate is halfway complete, which is a significant achievement. His campaign is centered around the slogan "Because The Truth Matters."

In order to participate in the Miami debate on November 8, the Republican National Committee (RNC) has set a requirement for candidates to have obtained a minimum of 80,000 unique donors. This criterion represents an increase of 10,000 donors compared to the previous requirement.


The upcoming debate, scheduled for December 6 at the University of Alabama, has specific requirements for the participating candidates. In addition to meeting certain polling thresholds, candidates must have obtained a minimum of six percent support in both a national poll and a state poll. 

The current requirement represents a notable increase compared to the qualification criteria for the previous GOP debate. In the previous debate, candidates were only required to demonstrate a minimum of four percent support in national polls.

In order to ensure accuracy and relevance, it was necessary for the poll to be conducted on or after September 15th.

The Christie campaign mentioned a national poll conducted by FairVote, which focused on ranked-choice voting. However, it is uncertain whether this particular poll is considered valid by the RNC. The polls not only provide percentages but also incorporate other benchmarks, such as the origin of the poll and the number of voters surveyed.  

According to the FairVote survey, Governor Chris Christie is currently polling at a range of 8.5 to 10 percent as a second-choice candidate to the front-runner, former President Donald Trump. The survey, which was conducted between September 28 and 30, consisted of 801 participants categorized as "likely Republican presidential primary voters."  The poll has successfully met the minimum requirement set by the Republican National Committee (RNC), which mandates that a minimum of 800 voters must be represented in qualifying polls. 

According to a survey conducted in late September by the New Hampshire Institute of Politics at Saint Anselm College, which is known for its significant role in presidential campaigning in the state, it was predicted that Mr. Christie, who was experiencing a significant decline in popularity at the time, would face challenges in his presidential campaign. 

According to the Institute's findings, it has been observed that Former Governor Chris Christie has effectively positioned himself as the most severe critic of Trump. However, this accomplishment has come at a certain price, as stated by the Institute when it released its results.

While he has managed to gain the backing of 29% of individuals who hold an unfavorable opinion of Trump, he has received minimal support from those who have a favorable view of Trump. The individual's favorability rating, which stands at a net negative of 46 points with only 25% in favor and 71% opposed, is expected to impose a significant limitation on his potential for growth.

According to Mr. Christie, he has expressed his intention to withdraw from the race subsequent to the New Hampshire primaries, but only if he fails to secure a position within the "top four" candidates.

In his efforts to maintain his position for the fourth GOP debate, Mr. Christie has made plans for another appearance in the crucial battleground state of New Hampshire. Despite the Democratic National Committee's decision to reschedule its historic rank, making South Carolina the second primary instead of New Hampshire, the state remains determined to hold the first primary in the nation.  

On Thursday, he will be making an appearance at Shane's Texas Pit in Hampton through his Tell It Like It is PAC.

In addition, it is worth noting that New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu, who has been known to oppose Mr. Trump, has recently expressed his vocal support for Mr. Christie. In addition, the user mentions that the individual in question has recently expressed disapproval towards Vivek Ramaswamy, who is another Republican candidate vying for the same position. Vivek Ramaswamy is known for his success as a self-made millionaire within the biotech industry. 

In September, Mr. Sununu expressed his belief that Republicans should come to the realization that the 'Trump brand' is ineffective. This viewpoint has contributed to the increased criticism of Trump by other candidates, a central aspect of Mr. Christie's campaign.

In addition, Mr. Christie managed to allocate time to acquire an additional mainstream poll, which would serve as a means to meet the necessary requirements for participation in the fourth GOP debate. Candidates participating in the upcoming debate organized by the Republican National Committee (RNC) will now have a maximum of 48 hours to fulfill the participation requirement.

If he chooses to do so, the total number of candidates on stage will be four. The individuals mentioned are Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, former United States Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, and Mr. Ramaswamy. The Republican National Committee (RNC) has already qualified all three individuals for the upcoming debate. Similar to his decision to not participate in the previous three debates, Mr. Trump has once again made it known that he will not be taking part in the upcoming event.

U.S. Senator Tim Scott, a Republican from South Carolina, has recently withdrawn from the race after participating in the last debate. The debate is being organized by NewsNation, a media outlet that has been assessed by as having a political leaning that falls somewhere between center and left.

The moderation of the event is being carried out by three individuals: Megyn Kelly, a former Fox News host who currently hosts her own show on SiriusXM; Elizabeth Vargas, a prominent figure at NewsNation; and Eliana Johnson, who previously worked as a White House reporter and contributed to both conservative Sean Hannity's scripts and CNN.


In 2016, Ms. Kelly had the role of moderating the inaugural Republican presidential primary debate. On the other hand, Ms. Vargas, a former co-anchor of ABC World News, also had a notable career in the field of journalism. Former CNN anchor Chris Cuomo is now employed at NewsNation.
The initial debate in the series will feature a diverse panel of moderators who possess a solid conservative background. 

During the recent debate, Mr. Ramaswamy made several candid and cantankerous remarks, specifically targeting the liberal media for their role in hosting Republican candidates. He urged the audience to consider the individuals moderating the debate, emphasizing the importance of reflecting on their potential biases and affiliations. The individuals who are expected to be part of this gathering are Tucker Carlson, Joe Rogan, and Elon Musk. By focusing on the concerns and interests of GOP primary voters, we would significantly increase our viewership by tenfold. This approach would involve addressing relevant topics and asking questions that resonate with the target audience, ultimately attracting more individuals to join our political party.


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