The Politico/NBC News debate had an interesting threshold for qualifying candidates: They must be at 4 percent in one of eight national prominent polls of Republicans taken since November 2010.Under that restriction, Mitt Romney, Rick Perry, Michele Bachmann, Ron Paul, Newt Gingrich, Herman Cain, Jon Huntsman, and Rick Santorum qualified to participate in the September 7 debate at the Reagan Library in Simi Valley, Calif. Thad McCotter, Buddy Roemer, and Gary Johnson did not qualify.
The RealClearPolitics average of recent polls shows most of the candidates easily clear the 4 percent threshold. Only two don’t: Santorum and Huntsman, who are averaging 2.1 percent and 2 percent respectively. FULL STORY
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