When Donald Trump attends Thursday’s Republican presidential debates hosted by Fox News, he may find the crowd rigged against him. That’s because the supposed majority of the tickets have been given away to Republican Party leaders, the so-called establishment.
Although a reported 21,000 requests for tickets were made online, only 50 tickets will be randomly given to the public. According to Jonathan Oosting of the Detroit News, “Michigan GOP spokeswoman Sarah Anderson said the Republican National Committee allocated 400 tickets to the state party, which is expected to give roughly 350 to elected officials, state committee members and grassroots activists.”
“If we have people that are turning them down among our elected officials, then we’ll add that number…We want to give out as many as we can. We know that people are excited and want to be there,” Anderson said.
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Oosting describes the event writing, “The Fox News Channel debate will take place in downtown Detroit at the historic Fox Theatre, which can typically seat 5,000 people. It’s expected to fit far fewer for the debate, however, because of television sets and room needed for media and staff.”
As Ben Carson has elected not to attend the debates and is expected to drop out of the race, the remaining candidates of Donald Trump, Sen. Ted Cruz, Sen. Marco Rubio and Ohio Gov. John Kasich will split an equal number of tickets. Each candidate was given 120 tickets for their debates in South Carolina. It is unclear how many tickets they’ll be offered for Thursday night’s debates.
In the past, Trump has claimed the Fox News debates were unfair to him, and even chose to skip the Iowa Republican presidential candidate debate, a move which he later admitted probably cost him the Iowa caucus. Trump finished second in Iowa, behind Cruz.
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