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Qualifying for the debate

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The CBS News Republican Presidential Debate will be the ninth Republican debate of the primary season, held in South Carolina. You can watch the debate Saturday at 9 p.m. on CBS46, with extensive coverage on our digital and social platforms.

Debate criteria 

In order for the Republican presidential candidates to quality for the debate, they must reach at least one of three criteria set by CBS News.

  1. Place among the top five candidates by popular vote in the New Hampshire Republican primary.
  2. Place among the top three candidates by popular vote in the Iowa Republican caucuses.
  3. Place among the top five candidates in the average of national and South Carolina Republican presidential polls recognized by CBS News over four weeks starting on Jan. 15, and receive at least 3 percent in the Iowa and New Hampshire results, or the South Carolina or national polls, conducted and released before noon on Feb. 12.

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