With just over two weeks before the voting in Iowa begins, the stage is set for the next to last debate for shrinking GOP presidential field.
The debate, hosted by Fox Business Network, will air on Thursday at 9 Eastern preceded by the undercard debate.
In what was an expected uproar, Fox parted ways with previous debates in announcing a new set of criteria for entrance into the main event.
Rather than choose a percentage floor in recent polls, the debate committee decided that main event participants would be limited to the top six placers nationally or those who have placed in the top five either in Iowa or New Hampshire.
With that benchmark set, both Carly Fiorina and Rand Paul have been cut from the stage while John Kasich barely squeezed in.
In protest, the Paul campaign announced it will boycott the undercard debate, which leaves Fiorina joining Huckabee, and Santorum for the 6pm event.