The upcoming fourth GOP presidential debate in Alabama will feature Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, Nikki Haley, Vivek Ramaswamy, and Chris Christie, marking the smallest lineup this year. Despite former President Trump’s absence, the event will draw attention as DeSantis and Haley vie for primary rival status.

To qualify, candidates needed 80,000 donors with specific state distributions and a minimum 6% polling threshold across national or early-voting state polls, aligning with the RNC’s criteria. North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum withdrew, criticizing the RNC’s debate rules for favoring coastal candidates and undermining local voter influence.

Asa Hutchinson, a former Arkansas governor, remains in the race but hasn’t met debate criteria since August’s Milwaukee face-off.

Ahead of the debate, President Biden’s team and prominent Democrats, including former Sen. Doug Jones, plan a news conference to emphasize the stakes of the 2024 election and criticize Trump and MAGA Republicans’ agenda in Alabama.