Cleaning up the debate field

AP is reporting that Duncan Hunter, Mike Gravel and Dennis Kucinich will be cut from Saturday’s debates in New Hampshire hosted by ABC.

The network set up benchmarks to narrow the field. Candidates had to meet at least one of three criteria: place first through fourth in Iowa, poll 5 percent or higher in one of the last four major New Hampshire surveys, or poll 5 percent or higher in one of the last four major national surveys.

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