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Westchester Native George Pataki Doesn't Make Cut For Next GOP Debates

Former New York Gov. George Pataki failed to garner enough support in the most recent polls to be included in either of the two upcoming Fox Business Channel debates.
Former New York Gov. George Pataki failed to garner enough support in the most recent polls to be included in either of the two upcoming Fox Business Channel debates. Photo Credit: File

Presidential hopeful George Pataki won't be on the stage for the primetime Fox Business Network GOP debate. In fact, he won't be on the second stage for the earlier "Happy Hour" debate either.

Candidates were required to receive at least 2.25 percent support in one of the four most recent national polls leading up to the Tuesday, Nov. 10 debate in order to appear on the 9 p.m., main debate stage, according to CNN.

To be included in the earlier 7 p.m. debate, candidates needed to garner at least 1 percent support in the same polls. Pataki, a Peekskill native and Garrison resident, failed to crack either plateau, CNN reported.

In a statement Thursday, the Pataki camp expressed disappointment in the decision, claiming that organizing debates around national polls is a "a danger to our primary system," and "a disservice to voters everywhere," according to CNN.

Of the 15 Republican candidates, Donald Trump, frontrunner and Bedford homeowner, will appear in the main debate along with Dr. Ben Carson, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Carly Fiorina, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, CNN reported.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal are set to appear in the earlier debate, the cable news outlet reported.

Along with Pataki, a former New York governor, South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham and former Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore also failed to qualify for the undercard debate, according to CNN.

Read the full report at money.cnn.com .

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