This is the second of a two-part series breaking down the Fox News Power Rankings ahead of the second 2024 GOP presidential debate. Read on part one here.
Governor Chris Christie is the wild card in this race. As this column has pointed out, there is a “non-Trump” lane in this primary, with 25% of likely voters saying they would not support the former president.
Christie is the only candidate who exclusively targets voters.
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In New Hampshire, Christie continues to gain ground compared to national and other state polls. If he picks up delegates there, he could be one of a smaller group of candidates still part of the conversation going into Super Tuesday.
Gov. Doug Burgum remains in the 8th but moves to the “outsider” level, and former Gov. Asa Hutchinson remains in 9th. Neither candidate gained momentum after the first debate, and it is not yet clear that they will qualify for the second.
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Former Rep. Will Hurd remains in 10th, with Larry Elder moving up to 11th after Mayor Francis Suarez suspended his campaign.
Businessman Perry Johnson, who met certain criteria to appear in the second debate, joined the ranks in last place.
The second debate will be aired next Wednesday
FOX Business and Univision will host the second Republican debate next Wednesday, September 27, at 9PM ET, from the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in California.
Your moderators are Fox’s Dana Perino and Stuart Varney, and Univision’s Ilia Calderón.
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Live coverage begins at 8PM ET on Fox Business Network and 8:30PM ET on Fox News Channel. The debate will be simulcast on both networks, along with Univision, and streaming partner Rumble.