MILWAUKEE -- It's quiet now but over the next few days, the Milwaukee Theatre will become ground zero for the Republican presidential primary field. The Fox Business Network and the Wall Street Journal will host the two debates on Tuesday, November 10th.
"The late debate is going to have a huge audience and it's going to have a huge audience regardless of where they slice it off," said Mordecai Lee, UW-Milwaukee professor.
Like the previous three debate rounds, Milwaukee's will feature an earlier and later contest. The most popular candidates will take the stage during the late show.
To make the big show, Fox Business Network requires candidates average at least 2 1/2% in a selection of polls. That has one outspoken candidate in danger of not making the cut.
"It appears that Chris Christie is just under the bubble," said Lee.
Additionally, Fox Business Network requires a score of at least 1% for a candidate to be included in the "undercard" debate. That could potentially leave Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal and former New York Governor George Pataki out of the contest altogether.
The network was scheduled to announce the lineup Thursday evening.
Some, like Lee, were hoping Fox Business Network would choose to set the field slightly differently than originally planned.
"I'm hoping that the way they slice it is that there are only seven or eight for the nighttime debate, the main event. But that all the others will still get what's called the undercard debate," said Lee.
Here is a guide for the television channels to watch the debate on different cable providers:
- Time Warner Cable: 353 (1335 HD)
- AT&T U-Verse: 211 (1211 HD)
- Dish Network: 206
- DirecTV: 359