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By Laurie Kellman, Associated Press
Sept. 30, 2015 | 5:19 p.m. EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — CNBC announced debate criteria Wednesday that could narrow the crowded field of Republican presidential hopefuls.

According to the network, any candidate that does not score 1 percent in at least one approved poll will be excluded from the Oct. 28 pair of televised debates.

Candidates must poll at an average of least 3 percent to qualify for the 8 p.m. EDT prime time debate, the network said. Any hopeful who averages 2.5 percent will be rounded up to 3 percent and included, according to CNBC.

Candidates who qualify for the event but fall below that threshold will be invited to the undercard debate at 6 p.m. EDT.

The polls to be considered are those conducted by NBC, ABC, CBS, Fox, CNN and Bloomberg, released between Sept. 17 and Oct. 21, CNBC said.

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