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Bad news Friday for former New York Gov. George Pataki: Fox Business News bumped him and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) from Tuesday’s Republican presidential candidates’ debate because of low poll ratings.

And New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie got knocked down to a second-tier, non-prime time debate along with former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee.

Pataki and Graham had been relegated to the so-called “undercard” (the second-tier of candidates) of three previous debates. Now, they are out altogether.

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Fox also said it's shrinking the main debate field from 10 to eight. More details here.