National polls will be used to determine a candidate’s eligibility and placement on the stage.
To be eligible to appear in either segment, a candidate must have at least 1% in any one of the methodologically sound and recognized national polls conducted by: NBC, ABC, CBS, Fox, CNN and Bloomberg, released between September 17, 2015 and October 21, 2015.
To appear in the 8pm debate a candidate must have an average of 3% among these polls. The polls will be averaged and will be rounded up to 3% for any candidate with a standing of 2.5% or higher. Candidates who average below that will be invited to the 6pm debate.
The next Republican debate will feature an undercard stage before the main event, the forum's host CNBC said Wednesday, assuaging some of the fears and complaints from lower-tiered presidential campaigns.
Candidates polling at an average of 3 percent in the five weeks before the event will make the primetime debate at 8 p.m. EDT. A 2.5 percent average will be rounded up to 3 percent.
Candidates with a 1 percent average will appear in a forum at 6 p.m. EDT. The polls being used for the averages are from NBC, ABC, CBS, Fox, CNN and Bloomberg released between Sept. 17 and Oct. 21.
The debate will focus on the economy, jobs, and retirements and will be moderated by CNBC anchors John Harwood, Carl Quintanilla and Becky Quick.
Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2015/09/gop-debate-cnbc-undercard-candidates-polls-214290