Former President Donald Trump won't attend the next 2024 GOP presidential debate in Tuscaloosa on Wednesday.
According to the New York Times, Trump will again be absent from the debate stage. The former president hasn't attended any of the debates during the 2024 cycle so far and has large leads in most of the polling of the contest.
Trump will instead attend a fundraiser next Wednesday for his super PAC, MAGA Inc., in Hallandale Beach, Fla., according to the outlet.
Trump has previously called on the RNC to cancel remaining primary debates and instead pivot to focusing on the general election.
The debate is scheduled to be held at the Moody Music Building on the University of Alabama campus from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Other candidates expected to attend include Ron DeSantis, the governor of Florida; Nikki Haley, the former U.N. ambassador; and Vivek Ramaswamy, a wealthy entrepreneur.
Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie likely won't meet the polling threshold requirement to qualify for the debate in Tuscaloosa, according to POLITICO. The RNC's rules say candidates must hit at least 6% in polls that meet the committee's requirements.
Megyn Kelly, Elizabeth Vargas and Eliana Johnson will be debate moderators. The debate will air on NewsNation and be simulcast in the Eastern and Central Time Zones on Nexstar's broadcast television network, The CW.
The 2024 Republican and Democrat primaries are scheduled for March 5 in Alabama.
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