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Speaking Time Totals for First GOP Debate Are In – They Don’t Line Up with the Polling Averages

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The candidate speaking periods for Wednesday’s first 2024 Republican primary debate are in, and there is a disparity between polling data and the length of time each presidential candidate spoke.

Fox News hosted an event in Milwaukee that was attended by eight candidates.

Former President Donald Trump decided to forego the debate, but those who did attend produced plenty of pyrotechnics.

In some respects, this may explain why some candidates with low polling numbers took the spotlight.

CNN reports that former Vice President Mike Pence spoke the longest at 12 minutes and 26 seconds.

According to the current Real Clear Politics average, Pence is in fourth place in the GOP campaign with a polling average of 4%.

Meanwhile, Vivek Ramaswamy had the second-most time at the microphone. The entrepreneur and the former vice president engaged in numerous verbal exchanges throughout the evening, thereby increasing their exposure to prospective electors.

Ramaswamy, who spoke for 11 minutes and 38 seconds, ranks third with 7.2 percent in the RCP average.

Chris Christie, the former governor of New Jersey, placed third in terms of speaking time despite ranking seventh in the surveys at 3.0 percent.

Christie spoke for exactly 11 minutes and 37 seconds less than Ramaswamy.

In the meantime, the debate leader in the polls, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, spoke for 10 minutes and one second, placing him in fourth place.

The governor has an RCP average of 14.3 percent, second only to Trump.

More on this story via The Western Journal:

Former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley, South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott, North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum and former Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson came in at fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth, respectively, in speaking time. CONTINUE READING…

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