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Why isn’t Donald Trump attending the second Republican Party debate?

The former president will once again not be appearing at the Republican party debates, leaving his ‘rivals’ to pick up the pieces.

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¿Por qué Donald Trump no asistirá al segundo debate republicano? Los motivos de su ausencia
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The Republican National Committee (RNC) has announced that seven candidates will be appearing at the second primary debate to be held on Wednesday. However, the Republican favorite in the polls, Donald Trump, once again is not on the list of candidates. Why?

The reasons for his absence

This is the second debate that the former leader of the White House will skip, so his absence is no longer a surprise. Trump took to Truth Social to announce that he would not be appearing in the primary debates of the Party since the polls position him as the strongest candidate, claiming he does not see it necessary to attend the debates.

“The new poll that just came out from CBS has me leading the field with ‘legendary’ numbers... SO, I WILL NOT BE IN THE DEBATES”, Trump wrote last August.

Instead, the Republican will attend an event in Michigan, where he will address auto workers in a non-union plant during the UAW strike.

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How is Donald Trump doing in the polls? Is he really leading?

Indeed, Donald Trump remains the favorite candidate among Republican voters.

According to data from Fivethirtyeight, as of 25 September, 2023,Donald Trump leads the polls with more than 55.2% acceptance; followed by Ron DeSantis with 11.8%, Vivek Ramaswamy with 6.1% and Nikki Haley with 5.6%.

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Donald Trump leads in polls of Republican voters.Captura: Fivethirtyeight

The rest of the Republican candidates do not reach five percentage points. Former vice president Mike Pence has Pence 4.3% of support, while the former governor from New Jersey, Chris Christie, has 2.8%; South Carolina Senator Tim Scott, 2.5%; North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum, 1.2% and Former Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson, who was left out of the event after not having enough donors, claims only0.5%.