Repub­li­can Nation­al Com­mit­tee rais­es third debate thresh­old for pri­ma­ry can­di­dates: Report

The Repub­li­can Nation­al Com­mit­tee plans to raise the donor and polling thresh­olds for pri­ma­ry can­di­dates to make the stage for the third pres­i­den­tial debate.
Each can­di­date must have a min­i­mum of 70,000 indi­vid­ual donors to their cam­paign or explorato­ry com­mit­tee, includ­ing 200 donors in 20 or more states, accord­ing to Fox News. Can­di­dates must also reach 4% in two nation­al polls or reach 4% in one nation­al poll and 4% in two statewide polls.
The statewide polls must be con­duct­ed in Iowa, New Hamp­shire, Neva­da, or South Car­oli­na — the four states that lead off the Repub­li­can pres­i­den­tial pri­ma­ry sched­ule.
The RNC’s debate com­mit­tee decid­ed to raise the thresh­olds dur­ing a con­fer­ence call on Thurs­day, sources told Fox News.
As per the oth­er two debates, can­di­dates must sign the pledge in which they agree to sup­port who­ev­er becomes the Repub­li­can nom­i­nee for pres­i­dent. They also can­not par­tic­i­pate in any non-RNC-sanc­tioned debates for the 2024 elec­tion cycle.
The thresh­olds for each debate have risen steadi­ly. The first debate, host­ed by Fox News in Mil­wau­kee, Wis­con­sin, required can­di­dates to have 1% in polling and have 40,000 unique donors. Eight can­di­dates appeared on the debate stage on Aug. 23.
For the sec­ond debate, pres­i­den­tial can­di­dates are expect­ed to hit 3% in the polls and have 50,000 donors. The debate will take place at the Ronald Rea­gan Pres­i­den­tial Library and Mus …