Republican candidates compete for spot at first debate

It is down to the wire for some Republicans trying to make the cut for Fox News’ August 6 debate. Fox News is accepting only those polling in the top 10. The numbers will be determined by a poll due out August 4. For some of the candidates, their participation is determined by a small margin, according to The Hill.

Based on five polls used by RealClearPolitics (RCP), eight candidates look like locks to make the stage, while the race for the final two slots is headed for a controversial photo finish. For the candidates currently ranked between ninth place and 14th place, the polling differential is negligible.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, businesswoman Carly Fiorina, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal are separated by only 1.5 percentage points, according to the RCP national average at the end of last week.

Because the field of Republican hopefuls is so crowded, a seat at the first debate could make or break a campaign. Candidates only have a little over a week to increase their polling numbers.

But what if there is a tie? ABC News reports that an 11th seat might be a possibility.

Fox News has also said that, if there is an apparent tie, the news agency will look at more detailed data to determine who is ahead, according to Politico. And if there is an exact tie, they will add an 11th podium to the stage.

Rounding out the bottom of the list are Graham, Pataki and Fiorina. It would take quite a jump in numbers for any of them to appear at the debate.

[The Hill] [ABC News] [Image via Getty Images]