Chris Christie sneaks into the fourth Republican debate and will join Ron DeSantis, Nikki Haley and Vivek Ramaswamy in showdown six weeks before Iowa

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  • Four candidates qualified for nan 4th Republican statesmanlike superior statement connected Wednesday
  • Qualifiers are Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, ex-UN Ambassador Nikki Haley, biotech entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy and erstwhile New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie
  • Smallest shape yet arsenic nan title for 2nd spot down Trump heats up  

By Katelyn Caralle, U.S. Political Reporter For Dailymail.com

Published: 22:03 EST, 4 December 2023 | Updated: 22:03 EST, 4 December 2023

Four Republican statesmanlike hopefuls will return nan shape successful Tuscaloosa, Alabama connected Wednesday nighttime for nan 4th superior debate, nan Republican National Committee revealed Monday.

Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie qualified for nan statement by nan tegument of his teeth aft claiming past period he reached nan philanthropist period and past week saying he was 'confident' he would meet polling requirements and beryllium connected nan stage.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, erstwhile UN Ambassador Nikki Haley and biotech entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy are nan different 3 candidates who qualified for nan debate.

The shape successful Tuscaloosa, Alabama connected Wednesday, December 6 will beryllium nan smallest yet successful nan 2024 Republican primary.

It comes conscionable six weeks earlier nan first-in-the-nation superior title pinch Iowa's caucuses connected January 15. 

Four candidates qualified for nan 4th Republican statesmanlike superior statement connected Wednesday, nan RNC announced connected Monday. From L: Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, erstwhile UN Ambassador Nikki Haley, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and biotech entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy

Images of group building astatine nan tract of nan 4th statesmanlike statement were obtained by DailyMail.com past week. It shows 5 lecterns, fueling speculation erstwhile President Donald Trump mightiness show up, but images released now show only 4 podiums

The first statement successful Milwaukee, Wisconsin successful August had 8 candidates, while nan 2nd successful September successful Simi Valley, California shrunk seven. In Miami, Florida successful November, only 5 candidates were connected stage.

Of nan 5 who qualified past month, only South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott is absent aft he dropped retired of nan title successful nan days pursuing nan showdown successful Miami.

After failing to suffice for his 2nd statement successful a statement connected Monday, North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum announced he was suspending his campaign.

Former President Donald Trump has not attended immoderate of nan debates yet, claiming they are beneath him considering his monolithic polling lead up of nan remainder of nan remaining field.

Speculation ensued that Trump would yet show connected Wednesday aft DailyMail.com obtained an image of nan statement stage past week showing hosting web NewsNation was preparing 5 podiums connected nan statement shape astatine nan University of Alabama's Frank Moody Music Building.

But images since past person shown location are only 4 podiums connected shape for DeSantis, Haley, Ramaswamy and Christie.

Instead of yet debating, Trump will be a backstage fundraiser successful Florida connected Wednesday night.

During nan first statement Trump released a sit-down question and reply pinch erstwhile Fox News big Tucker Carlson. While skipping nan 2nd he went to Wisconsin to speak to picketing car workers and astatine nan 3rd he held a conflicting rally conscionable a fewer minutes down nan roadworthy from nan Miami statement location.

The 3rd statement successful Miami, Florida successful November had 5 candidates connected shape – but since then, South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott (right) dropped retired of nan 2024 race

The statement is hosted by NewsNation and will beryllium moderated by erstwhile Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly (right), NewNation's Elizabeth Vargas (center) and The Washington Free Beacon Editor-in-Chief Eliana Johnson (left)

To suffice for nan 4th debate, candidates had to scope their strictest thresholds yet.

In position of donations, contenders needed to amass 80,000 unsocial donors, pinch astatine slightest 200 from a minimum of 20 different states aliases territories.

They besides needed to gain 6 percent support successful 2 nationalist polls approved by nan RNC. Alternatively, they could scope nan 6 percent nationalist canvass period successful conscionable 1 study and 6 percent successful 2 abstracted statewide polls successful an early superior authorities – Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada.

The debate, hosted by NewsNation, will beryllium moderated by erstwhile Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly, NewNation's Elizabeth Vargas and The Washington Free Beacon Editor-in-Chief Eliana Johnson.

It will aerial from 8-10 p.m. ET and tin beryllium livestreamed connected Rumble.