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Battle for final spot in GOP debate: Chris Christie beating Rick Perry

Battle for final spot in GOP debate: Chris Christie beating Rick Perry

With Fox News due to announce Tuesday which candidates will be onstage for the first debate of the Republican primary season, the fight for the final slot is a battle of governors: Rick Perry versus Chris Christie, and the Texan appears to be losing. The GOP has 17 candidates who have announced that they're seeking the nomination, so debate sponsors have to find some way to cull the field. Fox, the broadcast sponsor for Thursday's session, announced in spring that 10 candidates would get to debate, picked based on who has the highest average standings in the five most recent national polls released by Tuesday. So far, the most recent polls, including one released Monday...

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