Carly Fiorina Makes It to Main Stage At CNN’s Next GOP Debate

Carly Fiorina will join 10 other Republican presidential hopefuls at the next presidential debate at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library next Wednesday.

CNN announced the lineup of candidates invited to participate in the primetime debate. The remaining candidates will participate in a separate debate that afternoon.

CNN determined eligibility based on an average of national polls, with Donald Trump leading the list with an average of 23.9%, well ahead of Jeb Bush at 11.5%. They are followed by Scott Walker, Ben Carson, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Mike Huckabee, Rand Paul, John Kasich, Chris Christie and Carly Fiorina. The debate will begin at 5 p.m. PT.

Fiorina, the former CEO of Hewlett Packard, would not have made the main event debate had CNN not changed its criteria to give greater weight to polls taken following the Aug. 6 Fox news debate. Then, Fiorina stood out among other candidates participating in the so-called “kids’ table” debate, improving her polling position and driving speculation that she would make the main stage.

The candidates invited to the earlier debate, starting at 3 p.m. PT, are Rick Perry, Rick Santorum, Bobby Jindal, George Pataki and Lindsey Graham.

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