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10th Place

The one bit of suspense when it came to who would participate in the prime time Fox News/Facebook Republican presidential debate was who would grab the 10th and final spot on the stage. Rick Perry had seemed likely to be there along with Chris Christie until Ohio Governor John Kasich’s rapid rise — still far behind the front-runners but impressive given his very recent entry into the race.

Fox News’ Bret Baier and Megyn Kelly just announced that Christie and Kasich will indeed be on the stage for the two-hour 9 PM Eastern debate whereas Perry will be relegated to the earlier “forum” for the other seven Republican candidates which will take place on the same stage as the main event. Perhaps seeming more unfair to some than Perry being off the stage is Christie’s being on it, but the numbers are the numbers.

Here are the top ten, as determined by an average of recent polls by Bloomberg, CBS, Fox News, Monmouth University, and Quinnipiac University:

(Percentages listed where the Fox announcers gave the number during the announcement.)

1) Donald Trump
2) Jeb Bush
3) Scott Walker (10.2%)
4) Mike Huckabee
5) Ben Carson
6) Ted Cruz (5.4%)
7) Marco Rubio (5.4%)
8) Rand Paul (4.8%)
9) Chris Christie (3.4%)
10) John Kasich (3.2%)

They will be placed on stage with the highest-polling candidate in the center with lower-polling candidates flanking him alternatingly and moving outward toward the edges.

The candidates who will appear at the one-hour forum beginning at 5 PM Eastern Time are:

11) Rick Perry
12) Rick Santorum
13) Bobby Jindal
14) Carly Fiorina
15) Lindsey Graham
16) George Pataki
17) Jim Gilmore

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