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Key information ahead of the next Republican presidential debate in Alabama

President Donald Trump is unlikely to be at the next Republican presidential debate in Tuscaloosa.

2023 Republican Presidential Debate in November. NBC News

For viewers and voters intending to watch the upcoming Republican presidential debate, there are several important facts to keep up with. 

The debate will be held on Dec. 6 in Tuscaloosa at the University of Alabama’s Moody Music Hall Building. The event will begin at 7 p.m. CT and last until 9 p.m. CT.

The participants in the next debate have not been announced yet. The debaters have until Dec. 4 to qualify for the event. The Republican National Committee has increased the threshold to participate in each debate by setting more requirements. 

For the Tuscaloosa debate, Republican candidates will need to have met the following requirements according to Tuscaloosa News

  • Have at least 80,000 unique donors, with at least 200 unique donors per state or territory in 20 or more states or territories.
  • Sign pledges not to participate in any non-RNC-sanctioned debates; to support the eventual nominee; agreeing to the RNC data-sharing agreement. All must be signed and turned in no later than 48 hours before Dec. 6.
  • Participants must have reached at least 6 percent in two approved national polls, or 6 percent in one national poll with 6 percent in one early state poll from two separate early-voting states (Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada, South Carolina).

SiriusXM, NewsNation and the Washington Free Beacon will help host the event along with having a moderator from each organization. The moderators will include SiriusXM’s Megyn Kelly, NewsNation’s Elizabeth Vargas and the Washington Free Beacon’s editor-in-chief Eliana Johnson.

To watch the debate, aside from attending in person,  it will be live-streamed and held on cable television. NewsNation and the CW network will have the event on cable starting at 7 p.m. on Dec. 6. It will also be live-streamed on NewsNationnow. com and on Rumble. Also, SiriusXM will be streaming only audio from the debate on Triumph Channel 11.

President Donald Trump is unlikely to be at the next debate as he has skipped the previous debates due to his lead in the polls. Previous participants in the last debate on Nov. 8 in Miami included Nikki Haley, Ron Desantis, Vivek Ramaswamy, Tim Scott, and Chris Christie. Scott dropped out since the last debate, it is still to be determined if the other candidates will all make the debate stage again or if the requirements will force some to not participate.

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Patrick Darrington is a reporter at the Alabama Political Reporter. You can reach him at [email protected].

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