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Rand Paul May End Campaign If He Misses Debate Cut

The end may be near for Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul. The candidate has indicated that he may drop his campaign if he doesn’t get selected for next Tuesday’s debate.

“We will make an announcement, on that, on Tuesday,” Paul told reporters when asked about whether he will remain in the race if he drops to the undercard debate.

“We think if they give us the same treatment that Carly Fiorina was given last time, that you measure from debate to debate, that we do meet the criteria,” Paul said on Fox News.

“I have every expectation that I will be treated fairly. But I want the same and equal treatment that other candidates have gotten in the past,” he said. “We have a first-tier campaign and we don’t plan on being labeled by the mainstream media anything less.”

The Hill reports:

The Hill reported Friday that Paul faces a serious risk of missing the prime-time debate, depending on how his polling this weekend goes.

Under CNN’s rules, a candidate can make the main stage if they garner 3.5 percent in an average of national polls, or 4 percent in an average of polls in either Iowa or New Hampshire.

Paul’s best hope is a weekend bump in Iowa polling.

He garnered 3 percent support in a Bloomberg Politics/Des Moines Register poll released Saturday afternoon.

CNN will reveal the lineup for the debate on “State of the Union” on Sunday morning.

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