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Lowest-polling Candidates Cut From Republican Debate

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FILE - Republican presidential candidate, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie responds to a question during the Republican presidential debate, Sept. 16, 2015. Christie has been removed from the next debate because of low polling numbers.

FILE - Republican presidential candidate, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie responds to a question during the Republican presidential debate, Sept. 16, 2015. Christie has been removed from the next debate because of low polling numbers.

Next week's prime-time Republican U.S. presidential debate will feature fewer candidates than previous debates – eight instead of 10.

The eight on the Fox Business Network's main stage will be billionaire businessman Donald Trump, retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, Senator Marco Rubio of Florida, Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, Ohio Governor John Kasich and Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky.

Meanwhile, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, who have both been on the main stage in the first three debates, have been bumped to the so-called "undercard" debate.

In order to qualify for the prime-time debates, the candidates needed an average of at least 2.5 percent support in the four most recent national polls through November 4, while the undercard candidates had to score at least 1 percent in any of the four most recent polls.

From left, John Kasich, Mike Huckabee, Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, Donald Trump, Ben Carson, Carly Fiorina, Ted Cruz, Chris Christie and Rand Paul take the stage during the CNBC Republican presidential debate in Boulder, Colo., Oct. 28, 2015.

From left, John Kasich, Mike Huckabee, Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, Donald Trump, Ben Carson, Carly Fiorina, Ted Cruz, Chris Christie and Rand Paul take the stage during the CNBC Republican presidential debate in Boulder, Colo., Oct. 28, 2015.

Christie and Huckabee will share the stage with Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal and former Senator Rick Santorum.

Shortly after the announcement of the lineup, Christie Tweeted "It doesn't matter the stage, give me a podium and I'll be there to talk about real issues."

Later, Huckabee also tweeted, "I'm happy to debate anyone, anywhere, anytime."

Two candidates who previously appeared on the undercard debate – South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham and former New York Governor George Pataki – did not qualify for either debate this time.

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